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

Opening the Drysdale Bypass to traffic

The Drysdale Bypass project has reached its most major milestone.

On 30 June the new 6.4km road opened to traffic from Grubb Road through to Whitcombes Road.

Building this important $117 million bypass gives heavy vehicles, commuters and businesses an alternative route out of the centre of Drysdale, improving safety and easing congestion on the Bellarine.

While we still have some drainage, lighting and landscaping work to complete, we wanted to open the road now so the community can start to experience the benefits of eased traffic congestion in the centre of Drysdale.

Over the coming weeks there may be some reduced speed limits and lane closures along the Bypass.

We’d like to thank the community for their patience during construction of this project.

They'll still be some traffic disruptions in place. For the latest disruptions, see Victoria's Big Build.

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.

Overpass and underpass

Work is now complete on the two new structures which make a significant impression on the Drysdale landscape.

Bridge over Bellarine Railway  

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

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

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