After four months of extensive geotechnical repairs following a landslip, a section of Lavers Hill-Cobden Road has reopened to motorists providing a safer journey for all drivers.
The completion of repairs and safety improvements to the damaged section was possible thanks to funding from the $255 million Andrews Labor Government Great Ocean Road and Inland Routes Program.
The small section of Lavers Hill-Cobden Road, about four kilometres from Lavers Hill, was closed in October following a landslip and record rainfall in the Otways region.
To ensure a safer route for drivers, culverts have been replaced to allow water to flow underneath the road safely, while road reconstruction and shoulder treatments have made the road more robust.
To further protect Lavers Hill-Cobden Road, engineers took the proactive approach of rebuilding two additional slips along the road to ensure the area is protected in the future from deterioration and stormy weather.
This is the second landslip road in the region to reopen in a matter of months after crews completed repairs to a small section of Beech-Forest Road (Turtons Track) in December.
As part of the Labor Government’s Great Ocean Road and Inland Routes Program, a number of landslip sites will be reconstructed, stabilised, and retaining walls built to improve the strength and resilience of these roads.
This program is also aimed at providing substantial geotechnical support along the iconic route.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney
“A significant and delicate process including culvert replacement and road reconstruction has been completed to reopen this road safely to the community.”
“Not only have we repaired the damaged section of the road, but these safety works are expected to provide longevity to the road so that motorists can continue to travel throughout the Otways safely.”
“We thank the Lavers Hill community for their patience while our crews completed these essential repairs.”