We’re building the 6km Drysdale Bypass between Jetty Road and Whitcombes Road to improve safety and ease congestion on the Bellarine Peninsula.

Current works

The bypass is really starting to take shape and we are making changes to the local road network in readiness for when the bypass is completed and opened later this year.

From Monday 30 March to Friday 3 April, 7am to 5pm we will be laying the final layer of asphalt and completing linemarking at:

  • Portarlington Road, Grubb Road and High Street intersection
  • High Street, Jetty Road and Reserve Road intersection.

This will mean changed traffic conditions as we keep the construction progressing on the Drysdale Bypass and take full advantage of lower traffic volumes across the network.

To safely and efficiently complete these works we will implement a contraflow traffic arrangement, which means sometimes drivers will be on the opposite side of the road. This will be managed by traffic controllers and ensures we keep traffic moving with one lane in each direction.

The traffic lights at the two new intersections will also be switched off, so please follow our traffic controllers as they safely direct you where to go.

For approximately two days Jetty Road traffic will be detoured via Railway Crescent. Electronic messaging boards will advise of these dates. Please allow extra time during this detour.

By completing these works, we will be able to progressively open more lanes and increase traffic flow. The full capacity of the signalised intersection will come into effect when the Bypass opens later this year.

Gillies Road

Gillies Road will close on the northern side of the Bypass, where it intersects with Andersons Road from Monday, 30 March 2020, until the Bypass opens later this year.

When Gillies Road re-opens, traffic will be able to turn left into Gillies Road from the bypass and left out of Gillies onto the Bypass.

Gillies Road residents will continue to have access to Gillies Road via Basin Road during the closure.

Parents and carers who use Gillies Road as a pickup or drop off area for the schools, sports oval or Gate 3 are encouraged to use the new pedestrian underpass on Andersons Road or other drop off locations as shown in the map below.

Please note the pedestrian underpass is still under construction, so we ask that you take care when moving through it and please observe all safety signage and directions provided by our construction partner’s team.

Gillies Road Closure map

Gillies Road closure - access to school precinct. View a larger version of the map (JPG, 609.3 KB)

Traffic lights and moving traffic

We have turned on the traffic lights with traffic now moving through the two new intersections at Portarlington Road, Grubb Road and the future Bypass, and also at the new Jetty Road where it intersects with High Street and Reserve Road. The installation of traffic signals at these intersections provides the safest and most efficient solution to traffic flow.

Now the traffic lights are turned on, it’s important to keep in mind this arrangement is temporary. From 11 March, the Portarlington Road, Grubb Road and High Street intersection will be operating at a lower capacity due to the limited number of lanes we can initially open.

Once the existing roundabout is closed, we can start building the two dedicated left turn lanes from Portarlington Road onto High Street. Please allow extra time for your journey during this time as delays are expected.

From the week commencing 30 March, the traffic capacity at these intersections will increase as we open the two dedicated left turns from Portarlington Road onto High Street and the two dedicated right turn lanes from Portarlington Road into Grubb Road.

Keeping you informed

During these essential works we will ensure that everyone in immediately affected areas is provided with clear and timely information about work that is happening near homes and businesses.

Keep up to date with the latest traffic disruptions on Victoria's Big Build.

Drysdale Bypass

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Overpass and underpass

Work has now started on the two new structures which will make a significant impression on the Drysdale landscape.

Bridge over Bellarine Railway  
The overpass over the Bellarine train line will be an arch bridge standing 7 metres high and 25 metres wide with a bluestone appearance.

In mid-June, we started piling on the rail overpass to create strong foundations for the bridge.

The 7 metre high arched overpass is designed to match the area’s rural and historic landscape and will feature a split stone finish.

Pedestrian underpass
We’ve also started work on the new pedestrian underpass linking Drysdale with the education, arts and sporting precinct on Peninsula Drive.

Inspirational words chosen by local students will be featured on the walls of the underpass. The uplifting words to be cast into the concrete include “believe and achieve”, “dream”, “inspire”, “be yourself”, “smile”, and “be the difference”.

This will be a welcome boost to safety for students entering the busy area and forms part of the 6 km shared walking and cycling path that will be built as part of the project.

The underpass will be 8 metres wide, 3 metres high and 26 metres long and will enter into a new, landscaped open space with seating and bus shelters.

Drysdale Bypass

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