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.

Project background

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. 

Project details

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.

Planning phase *
Phase 1 - underway
Initial planning and investigations
  • Investigate overall land and road use in the area 
  • Identify potential issues and impacts
  • Understand community and individual concerns
Phase 2 - mid 2017
Develop draft concept designs
  • Developing draft designs and route options
  • Discuss key issues and opportunities
  • Collect feedback from the community on what’s important to them
Phase 3 - late 2017
Refine options

  • Present route options to the community and collect feedback to help refine options and mitigation measures
  • Confirm what planning studies need to be done  and continue discussions with the community
Phase 4 - Early 2018
Select a preferred option and approvals

  • Participate in the Planning Scheme Amendment process – a formal government planning process to reserve a corridor in the Greater Geelong Planning Scheme. 
  • Present proposals to the community and stakeholders and collect feedback  to inform planning approvals
  • Confirm details of the proposed upgrade
 * Dates are indicative only and subject to change

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.

Session 1

Date:  Thursday 20 April 2017
Time:  4pm – 7.30pm (drop in any time)
Place:  South Barwon Cricket Club, South Barwon Reserve, Barwon Heads Rd, 

Session 2

Date:   Saturday 22nd of April 2017
Time:  9am – 1pm (drop in any time)
Place: 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 (External link).

Contact us

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

Call:    5225 2596
[email protected]

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