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

Sept to Dec 2019 works

Now that earthworks are complete, we'll start connecting the bypass into the local road network.

This next stage of work involves water main relocation, installing drainage and building the roundabouts and intersections.

Key dates
We'll do the following work from September to December 2019 between 7am to 5pm weekdays and 7am and 1pm on Saturdays.

  • 2 September for 6 weeks: traffic management on Jetty Road to install new drainage.
  • 9 September: permanent closure of Andersons Road at Princess Street intersection.
  • 23 September for 3 months: Portarlington Road will be restricted to 3 lanes between the Portarlington, Grubb, Jetty Roads roundabout and Leura Park Winery to connect the bypass into the road network.
  • October for 3 months: High Street traffic will be switched onto the newly built lanes so work can begin on the other side of High Street.
  • December for 2 months: temporary closure of Gillies Road to build the Bypass

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

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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.

Peninsula Drive

On 18 April we opened a new section of Peninsula Drive.

This has changed the way you access Drysdale’s education, sporting and entertainment precinct. You now enter and exit Peninsula Drive through the new roundabout on Grubb Road.

It’s important to note the roundabout configuration is temporary whilst we build the remaining section of the roundabout on Grubb Road.

The final Peninsula Drive roundabout will open to traffic at the end of September 2019, subject to favourable weather conditions.

Andersons Road

As part of the project, we also changed the configuration of Andersons Road with the permanent closure of Andersons Road at the Princess Street intersection from Monday 9 September 2019.

Andersons Road residents will access their properties via Gillies Road.

We know that Andersons Road is a busy place during school drop off and pick up times, so we’ve created additional parking areas and maintained pedestrian access to schools, sports grounds and Potato Shed.

The map below shows you the best way to access the precinct.

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More information

For more information see our latest Community Update:

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