The Andrews Labor Government is investing $2.5 million to upgrade the intersection of Great Ocean Road and Forest Road in Bellbrae with works to start on a new roundabout.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney welcomed the start of construction on the roundabout, which will provide better access and boost safety for the 20,000 vehicles that use the Great Ocean Road each day.
The roundabout will reduce the frequency and severity of accidents by slowing traffic approaching the intersection.
In addition, safety barrier works and drainage improvements will be made to the site, along with the installation of new lighting.
This roundabout will compliment nearby improvements to the service road to be
undertaken by the Surf Coast Shire Council to cater for growth in predicted tourism traffic.
Access to numerous walking and cycling trails in the area will be maintained, and a refuge will be built on the Anglesea side of the roundabout to provide a safer crossing for cyclists and pedestrians.
As part of the project, the Government has worked closely with local fauna and flora protection groups to minimise the impact on surrounding vegetation and local native trees and shrubs.
An additional 900 plants will planted along the existing road reserve including Brown Stringybark, Messmate, Scentbark, Manuka, Slender Sheoak, Cypress Daisy Bush, Silky
Guinea-flower, Flax Lily, Hop Goodenia, Prickly Tea-tree and the Twiggy Daisy Bush.
The roundabout is due to be opened to traffic by the end of the year.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney
“The upgrade will mean that visitors can access the Great Ocean Road and Forest Road precinct safely.”
“This investment will help ensure that the Great Ocean Road continues to be a sustainable major tourist attraction into the future.”