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 – May 2017

Formal submissions now invited

You can now formally comment on the latest proposed design, including a Planning Scheme Amendment to the Greater Geelong Planning Scheme for land adjacent to the reserve adopted for the Drysdale Bypass in 1983.

Plans will be on exhibition from May 4 to June 5, 2017 and formal submissions close on June 7. 

View the Bypass plans and supporting studies and reports at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (External link) website.

Find out how to make a submission here [PDF 3.3Mb]

Use the submission template [PDF 2.9Mb]

Community Drop In Sessions

Working closely with the community is an essential part of the process, so everyone’s invited to come and look at the latest bypass plans in detail, ask questions and share ideas with the Project Team. 

Where: SpringDale Neighbourhood House, 17-21 High Street, Drysdale
When:  Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 10am to noon
            Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – 6pm to 8pm

Project details

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

The Drysdale Bypass will be approximately 6 kilometres long, from Jetty Road to north of Whitcombes Road, and will include a shared pedestrians and cycle path.

View the latest plans [JPEG 459 Kb]

High Street in Drysdale

Works are well underway in High Street to improve travel conditions and accessibility for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. Works should be finished by mid 2017.

Works Completed (as of May 2017)

  • installation of yellow and black curve alignment signs between Drakes and Whitcombes
  • Improving the timing of the pedestrian traffic signals in the centre of town and on the corner of Hancock Street and Clifton Springs Road.
  • installation of flashing 40km school zone signs

Works Underway (as of May 2017)

  • a three metre sealed shoulder incorporating a new bicycle lane
  • road reconstruction at several locations
  • improvements to pedestrian crossings  and new pedestrian refuge islands
  • upgrades to street lighting, kerbs, signs, barriers and line marking
  • upgrades to traffic lights  with the addition of a red turning arrow and a flashing Give Way To Pedestrians sign
  • parking upgrades

The upgrades will benefit drivers, cyclists and pedestrians by improving accessibility for people with disabilities, a safer school speed zone, designated lanes for cyclists and parking upgrades.

All works along High Street are due to be completed by mid 2017.

You can view images of how some of these upgrades will look here.

Drysdale Bypass

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. We'd like to thank the community for helping shape the proposed intersection being taking into the planning phase

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.

The following 3D animation demonstrates how the traffic light intersection option would work, with projected 2046 traffic volumes.

Video animations comparing 2016 and 2046

We have created the following two animated videos to simulate the expected growth in traffic volumes over the next 30 years. 

Existing Roundabout – actual morning peak traffic 2016. This video shows the operation of the existing roundabout at the intersection of Jetty, Grubb and Portarlington Roads.



Proposed Drysdale Bypass with traffic lights – predicted morning peak 2046. This simulation demonstrates the operation of the proposed new intersection, taking into account future land use and traffic counts.

Project background

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

We carried out a Drysdale Road Network study 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, which are currently underway.

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