Geelong Ring Road Extension (Bellarine Link) planning study
We’re planning for the extension of the Geelong Ring Road to the Bellarine Peninsula to provide for future population growth, reduce congestion and traffic delays and improve efficiency for freight.
Clifton Springs, Drysdale, Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads are among Victoria’s fastest growing regional communities, with the Drysdale population in particular expected to rise by 44 per cent in the next 20 years.
And with the opening of the Drysdale Bypass in the coming years, other areas of the Bellarine Peninsula will open up to more residential growth, not to mention tourism and business.
To meet the current and future needs of our growing community, the Victorian Government has committed $4 million to plan for an extension of the Geelong Ring Road.
The proposed Bellarine Link would provide a connection between the Geelong Ring Road through Baanip Boulevard to Portarlington Road. This project would represent the fifth and final section of the Geelong Ring Road, with the first four sections already constructed. The most recent section, Baanip Boulevard, was opened in 2015.
We’re working towards developing a route for the extension that suits the future needs of the community, businesses, visitors and the freight industry.
As part of the planning study, we will investigate environmental impacts, traffic volumes, cultural heritage, future community needs and land use. We want to develop a thorough understanding of what is required to then present a case for funding a future solution. The study will also allow VicRoads to secure the land for the future works.
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Project planning process
The below table provides a summary of the project planning process for the Bellarine Link.
Have your say
We acknowledge that major projects impact on the community. We will continue to work closely with the community to learn from your local knowledge and to minimise and manage impacts as much as possible.
We're inviting our community and stakeholders to provide feedback at key stages throughout the planning process. Two information sessions are being held in April and we ask that you come along to find out more, give us your feedback or ask any questions about Bellarine Link.
Thursday 20 April 2017
4pm – 7.30pm (drop in any time)
South Barwon Cricket Club, South Barwon Reserve, Barwon Heads Rd,
Saturday 22nd of April 2017
9am – 1pm (drop in any time)
: The Leopold Sportsman Club, 135 Kensington Rd, Leopold
If you can’t make it to the drop-in sessions, you can still actively participate by providing feedback at engageVicroads.
If you'd like more information or have any questions, please get in touch.
: 5225 2596
: [email protected]