Drysdale Bypass

The Drysdale Bypass will improve safety and ease congestion through the centre of Drysdale, by giving trucks and Bellarine Peninsula traffic an alternative and more efficient route.

Project update

Planning Scheme Amendment

As part of the Planning Scheme Amendment process, an independent panel hearing was held in Drysdale in July. This gave submitters the chance to present their case in person. 

The panel will release a report of recommendations to VicRoads before the end of September and we’ll release that report to the community within 28 days.

The report findings will form part of our submission to the Minister for Planning seeking approval to amend the planning scheme for the Drysdale Bypass.

Drysdale Bypass – Places and Spaces Project

We’re working with the community to shape how the areas along the bypass will look, feel and be used once the bypass is built.

We’ve been working with Bellarine Landcare, Wadawurrung, St Thomas Primary School, St Ignatius College, Bellarine College and SpringDale Neighbourhood House to help create places and spaces that will contribute to Drysdale and the Bellarine.

Ideas include indigenous vegetation to attract birdlife and bees, creating a wetland near the schools precinct, acknowledging our cultural heritage through art and sculpture, and building outdoor meeting places.

This consultation process is also giving the community a chance to come together and build strong relationships with each other independent of this project.

High Street works 

Safety improvement works on High Street in Drysdale are almost finished, with street lights being upgraded and some surfacing works and line marking to be completed after winter in more ideal weather conditions.

Experience the Bypass

Watch an animation of how the bypass will look and operate once it’s constructed.

Watch an animation of how the intersections work together.


Project background 

The Victorian Government has allocated $109 million to construct the Drysdale Bypass, including $3 million to improve safety and traffic flow on High Street.

The bypass will be approximately six kilometres long from Jetty Road to north of Whitcombes Road, and will include a shared pedestrian and cycle path. 

The alignment for the Drysdale Bypass has been included on the City of Greater Geelong Planning Scheme since the 1980s. 

A Drysdale Road Network study was conducted in 2014 to determine the preferred network upgrades. Feedback from the community was used in the planning for the Drysdale Bypass.

In 2015, $2 million was fast-tracked to commence the planning works for the Drysdale Bypass and improvements to High Street.

Project benefits 

  • Fewer trucks and heavy vehicles on High Street, making it safer for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists in the centre of Drysdale.
  • Less congestion at peak times at the intersection of Portarlington, Grubb and Jetty roads.
  • A shared-use path along the bypass, plus additional paths connecting to existing ones.
  • Safer access to the schools precinct, including an underpass for pedestrians/students.
  • Time and cost savings for commuting businesses.
  • Smoother and more efficient travel along the Bellarine Peninsula, especially during holiday season.

Jetty/Grubb/Portarlington Road intersection

An important feature of the Drysdale Bypass project is the intersection at Jetty Road, Grubb Road and Portarlington Road.

We've investigated three types of intersections:  traffic lights, an overpass and roundabouts.

Alongside community input, we engaged an independent consultant to review how effective each of the intersection options would be at this location for the next 30 years. They used data to predict the number and types of vehicles, and where they would be travelling now and in the future, based on predicted population growth.

The preferred option is traffic lights. This option also includes a realignment of Jetty Road to High Street and a realignment of Peninsula Drive to Grubb Road. 

Visual Demonstration

Year 2016: This video shows actual morning peak traffic at the existing roundabout at the intersection of Jetty, Grubb and Portarlington Roads in 2016.

Year 2046: This video simulates the operation of the proposed new intersection in morning peak traffic in 2046, taking into account future land use and traffic counts.

High Street works

The $3m High Street works are part of the $109m Drysdale Bypass project funded by the Victorian Government under its Better Roads program.

High Street will now be safer and more accessible for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers, particularly at the shopping precinct.

Key safety works include:
  • new 3 metre road shoulders
  • designated bike lanes
  • improved pedestrian crossings
  • installation of pedestrian refuges
  • clearer 40km speed zone signage near the schools
  • improved timing at pedestrian crossing signals at shopping centre
  • road improvements to make it safer for drivers to turn into driveways and side streets
  • improved parking
View the Information update October 2016 [PDF 3.5 Mb]

Contact us

If you'd like more information or have any questions, please get in touch.

Call:    (03) 4243 3806
Email[email protected] 

Details about the improvements on High Street [PDF 3.5 Mb]
Details about the improvements on High Street [PDF 3.5 Mb]
Key dates
Milestone Title Milestone Description Milestone Status (Completed/Current/Upcoming
July 2017 PSA panel hearing Completed
August/September 2017

Panel issues recommendations report.

Working with community on the Places and Spaces Project.

October 2017 VicRoads to release panel report Upcoming
November 2017 PSA process finalised Upcoming
End of 2017  Bypass design finalised  Upcoming 
Late 2017/early 2018  Contractor announced/Construction to start on the bypass Upcoming 
Mid 2020  Construction to finish  Upcoming 

Plans & Maps

Latest Plans [JPEG 459 Kb]

Studies & Assessments

Visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) (External link) website for a full list of project studies and assessments relating to the project.

Additional documentation as part of the Planning Amendment Scheme process July 2017.

Project timeline

Timeline for the Drysdale Bypass and improvements to High Street  [PDF 5.3 Mb]

Community update

View the latest Community Update June 2017[PDF 793 Kb]

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