Geelong Ring Road Extension Bellarine Link Planning Study

We’re planning for the extension of the Geelong Ring Road to the Bellarine Peninsula to 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.

With the opening of the Drysdale Bypass in coming years, other areas of the Bellarine Peninsula will open up to more residential growth, not to mention tourism and business.

Project details

To meet the current and future needs of our growing community, the Victorian Government has committed $4 million to planning for an extension of the Geelong Ring Road.

The proposed Bellarine Link will provide a connection between the Geelong Ring Road through Baanip Boulevard and 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.

Over the past year, we have undertaken a series of technical investigations into environmental impacts, future community needs, cultural heritage, transport demands, the regional economy, hydrology and geology implications and land use.   

The below table provides a summary of the project planning process for the Bellarine Link and Boundary Road Link.

Planning phase *
Phase 1 - complete
Initial planning and investigations
  • Investigate overall land and road use in the area
  • Identify potential constraints and impacts 
  • Understand community views on the proposed Bellarine Link 
Phase 2 - complete
Develop draft concept designs
  • Understand community views on what’s important to them in this project 
  • Undertake detailed technical investigations
  • Develop corridor options and draft designs
Phase 3 - underway
Refine options

  • Present corridor options to the community
  • Present findings of the detailed technical investigations
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 Local Environmental Plans
  • Present proposals to the community and stakeholders and collect feedback  to inform planning approvals
 * Dates are indicative only and subject to change

Four alignment options are being considered for the the Bellarine Link, and a further four options are being investigated to connect the Bellarine Link to the proposed Breakwater Industrial area.

Image of the Bellarine Link upgrade map. 

Community involvement

We acknowledge that major projects impact on the community. We will continue to work closely with the community and stakeholders to learn from your local knowledge and to minimise and manage impacts as much as possible.

Contact us

If you'd like more information or have any questions, please get in touch.
Call:    5225 2596
Email[email protected]


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