Drivers on Deans Marsh-Lorne Road will enjoy safer and more reliable journeys, thanks to reinforcement and stabilisation works which have been completed on the key tourist route.
Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney said the $796,000 upgrade had been done ahead of the busy summer period to ensure it remained safe and accessible for both locals and visitors.
A 60-metre long and two-metre-high retaining wall was built along the edge of the road near Five Mile Track to prevent further erosion.
It followed geotechnical assessments and detailed planning to identify the best stabilisation treatment to address the unique ground conditions in the Otway Ranges.
The work was part of a $32.8 million Andrews Labor Government investment to prevent landslips and support local jobs across the state.
Works will also be delivered on other key south-west routes including Princes Highway West, Colac-Lavers Hill Road, Cobden-Port Campbell Road, Timboon-Nullawarre Road and Timboon-Colac Road.
The stabilisation works across the region will include rock netting, catch fences and earthworks – to provide safer journeys and prevent road closures which could lead to communities becoming isolated in the event of a landslip.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney
“Thanks to our investment, crews have stabilised and reinforced a vulnerable section of Deans Marsh-Lorne Road to ensure it’s safe and reliable for everyone.”
“This important work has been completed ahead of the busy summer period when we know traffic volumes are higher as people come to visit our beautiful part of the state.”