Great Ocean Road upgrades

We're upgrading the Great Ocean Road to preserve this Australian National Heritage listed landmark for future generations.

For up to date traffic information about the Great Ocean Road go to the Great Ocean Road traffic conditions page.

Project update - November 2017

Community involvement 

We are making the intersection at Surf Coast Highway and South Beach Road safer, smoother and more reliable.

We will be displaying our plans and information about the proposed upgrade to improve the intersection, with a new innovative roundabout.

You're invited to drop in to view our proposal, have a chat and ask questions of staff.

Where: Grant Pavilion, Kuwarrk Lane (off Merrijig Drive) Torquay
When: Wednesday 22 November 2017, anytime between 3pm and 7pm

Project background

Tourism in Victoria is set to grow annually by 4.3 per cent over the next 10 years according to Victoria’s Regional Tourism Strategy 2013-2016.

As one of Victoria’s main tourist destinations, we need to ensure that the Great Ocean Road receives ongoing upgrades to embrace current and future economic opportunities.  

Project details

We’re currently working on several upgrades along the Great Ocean Road to make sure the road remains safe for the local community and visitors.

Some projects are being delivered under a $50 million five year program funded by the Victorian and Australian government.

For more information about the projects, read the reports below.

Information Update June 2016 [PDF 1.19 Mb]

Annual Progress Report 2014/15 [PDF 1.4Mb]

Project update – September 2016

In the coming weeks, we’ll be doing earthworks, road construction and preparing the roundabout for better drainage as well as road sealing and electrical installation when the weather improves.
A reduced speed limit of 40km/h and periodic lane closures will apply. We thank you in advance for your patience during this period.

The project is expected to be completed in early December 2016.

Project summary

The Victorian Government’s $2.88 million upgrade includes:

  1. road and entry improvements at the Camp Road access into the Anglesea Main Shopping Centre
  2. new surfaces on the road at the roundabout, Great Ocean Road and shopping centre access points
  3. creation of cycling lanes on the Great Ocean Road
  4. improved street lighting from McDougall Street to west of the Camp Road roundabout, including the pedestrian crossing
  5. removal of unsafe pedestrian crossing locations at the roundabout
  6. new ‘zebra’ pedestrian crossing on Camp Road to help pedestrians cross from west of the river
  7. doubling the lanes of the existing roundabout at Camp Road
  8. doubling the lanes of the Great Ocean Road approaching the roundabout
  9. landscaping works in Cameron Park and around the shopping centre car park
  10. new traffic lights on the Great Ocean Road at the current crossing location, adjacent to the public toilets

Artists impression of the upgrade

Anglesea - Camp Road view - artists impression (smaller)

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Anglesea - Camp Road view - artists impression (smaller)

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Improved traffic flow

We’ve been working with an independent consultant and the Surf Coast Shire to ensure the design improves traffic flow while keeping with local development plans.

This  project will reduce travel times, queue lengths and make it safer for pedestrians to cross the Great Ocean Road, particularly over the busy summer periods.

By widening the roundabout, it is estimated that queues will be reduced to 160 metres and bottlenecks on the bridge will be eliminated.

We’re working with the Surf Coast Shire to determine what other opportunities there are to manage traffic on Anglesea Riverbank Market Days.

Great Ocean Road/Camp road Anglesea map- traffic queues - June 2016 

View a larger version of this map [PDF 92 Kb]

Great Ocean Road, Anglesea - Microsimulation Model Results [PDF 4.4Mb]

Community involvement

We’ve spoken to hundreds of people to make sure the Great Ocean Road improvements balance the needs of local residents, businesses, tourists and the environment.

Earlier this year, a community reference group was formed to represent the views of the wider community and help shape the landscaping and pedestrian facilities for the project.

Project background

A sweeping bend on the Great Ocean Road serviced by two intersections between Peterborough and Allansford will receive a major safety upgrade.

The Victorian Government announced in October the $1.55 million project to improve the location where Childers Cove Road and Mathiesons Road meet the popular tourist route.
About 1600 vehicles travel along this section of the Great Ocean Road each day. In the five years to June 2014, five crashes were recorded at the site and three of those involved vehicles running off the road.

The project, funded through the Traffic Accident Commission’s Safe System Road Infrastructure Program, will improve visibility and remove confusion for drivers approaching this section of road.

Project details

A T-intersection will replace the current two Y-intersections where Childers Cove Road and Mathiesons Road meet the Great Ocean Road respectively.

In addition, new right-turn and left-turn lanes will be constructed and road shoulders sealed.

New street lighting, signs and wire rope safety barriers will also be installed.

Construction is expected to start early 2017.

VicRoads thanks drivers in advance for their patience while road workers are carrying out these safety improvements.

See intersection improvement map overviews below.

Childers Road intersection overview [PNG 137 Kb]

Childers Road intersection overview with inset [PNG 450 Kb]

Childers Road intersection inset detail [PNG 1.5 Mb]

Contact us 

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

Call: 5225 2562
Email: [email protected]

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