Drysdale Bypass

The Drysdale Bypass will reduce the amount of traffic on High Street by providing trucks and heavy vehicles an alternate and more efficient route.

Project update – November 2016

Over the past two years, we’ve spoken to hundreds of people to ensure that improvements balance the needs of local residents, businesses, tourists and the environment. The community has provided us with valuable feedback and ideas.

We’re finalising the design for the Drysdale Bypass, including the intersection of Jetty Road, Grubb Road and High Street. We’ve investigated three types of intersections for this location; traffic lights, an overpass and roundabouts.

An independent consultant was engaged to review how well each of the intersection options would work at this location. They used data to predict the number and types of vehicles, and where they would be travelling now and in 30 years time based on population growth.

The preferred option is traffic lights. We intend to exhibit these options as part of the Planning Scheme Amendment process in 2017.  This option also includes the realignment of Jetty Road to High Street and the realignment of Peninsula Drive to Grubb Road.

An animation of this option, demonstrating how it will work, is available below.


Public exhibition of the plans will commence next year.

Information explaining the Planning Scheme Amendment process, including how you can be involved can be found here.

Project details

The Victorian Government has committed $109 million to construct the Drysdale Bypass, including three million to improve safety and traffic flow in 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 cyclist path.

High Street in Drysdale

At a cost of $3 million, upgrades will include:
  • installation of flashing 40km/h school zone signs
  • 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.

Upgrades on High Street are due to start later this year.

Drysdale Bypass 

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. We used feedback from the community, were 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.

Have your say

Last year, the community who live, work and visit the area were asked about key issues along High Street, Drysdale, with feedback playing a key role in developing the package of upgrades.

We acknowledge that major projects impact on the community. We will continue to work closely with the community to minimise these impacts as much as possible.

We care about what’s important to you, so we're inviting our community and stakeholders to provide feedback throughout the planning process. 

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