Phillip Island Road infrastructure corridor planning

The Victorian Government has committed $3.2 million for future infrastructure improvements on Phillip Island Road to better understand future transport needs.

This is in addition to infrastructure planning at three key locations on Phillip Island Road that will increase safety, access and traffic flow.

Project update - June 2017

A new $7 million dual lane roundabout will be constructed at the Woolamai Beach Road and Phillip Island Road intersection in Cape Woolamai.

The community’s feedback has helped shape the proposed roundabout which will improve safety and traffic flow by reducing the number of crashes, and improving access for vehicles turning into and out of Woolamai Beach Road.

We recently started talking with landowners adjacent to the site and pre-construction work will shortly commence. 

Every consideration will be made to carry out the work outside of the island’s peak periods to minimise disruption to businesses and local residents.

Construction is expected to start during 2018.

Project background

Phillip Island, including San Remo, is one of Victoria's premiere tourist destinations, attracting more than 1.8 million people each year which could reach up to 3.5 million people a year by 2035.

This significant number of visitors puts pressure on the island's road network and causes it to reach capacity, with tourists and residents often finding it difficult to access and move around on the island.

Long-term planning for improvements to the road network is crucial to the island's future and its status as a tourist destination.

About the project

The $3.2 million funding announcement will allow us to continue planning for future improvements on Phillip Island Road including San Remo and Cowes.

Planning is nearly complete for three key locations on Philip Island Road & Woolamai Beach Road, Back Beach Road and Newhaven and we will continue to work with you about these initiatives.

These areas were identified as high priorities through the Phillip Island Integrated Transport Study (PIITS) in 2014, and supported by extensive data including traffic volumes, travel times and queue surveys.

This work helped create traffic modelling that supports dual lane roundabouts at the intersections of Woolamai Beach Road, Back Beach Road, Boys Home Road and Forrest Avenue including a new service lane at Newhaven which will provide long term benefits.

Community involvement

Since October 2015, we've been talking to the Phillip Island community about the traffic modelling outcomes and proposed options through drop in sessions and face to face meetings with affected landowners.

We recently asked you to share your experiences on Phillip Island Road via our online interactive map and discussion forum. This closed on 7 May with more than 400 comments received.

We’re currently reviewing your feedback which will assist us in developing the next round of proposals. These concepts will be shared on engageVicRoads later this year.

We’ll also continue to explore future funding opportunities for the proposed roundabouts at Back Beach Road and the Newhaven area. These remain an important part of the planning for the Phillip Island Road corridor.

We thank everyone who has provided feedback to date, and look forward to continuing to work closely with you as part on this important project.

Contact us

For more information about this project, please get in touch.

Email: [email protected]
Write: VicRoads Eastern Region, 120 Kay Street, Traralgon Vic 3844

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