Great Ocean Road Update
November 18, 2016
Excavation and piling works have begun at the Paddy's Path landslide site, between Wye River and Separation Creek, this week.
The foundations for the retaining wall are being anchored into the ground at the roadside and the concrete panels have been ordered. Engineers are also investigating viable rock options which could be used in the facade to be attached to the wall in early 2017.
At the landslide site below the road 500m east of Separation Creek, works are progressing and the retaining walls are taking shape.
Traffic management, including one operation lane and signals, will continue to guide vehicles safely around the workzones.
We thank road users for their patience and understanding during these emergency works to stabilise the landslide locations before Christmas.
Notice of road closure
VicRoads would like to inform the Great Ocean Road community of a proposed overnight road closure on Monday 28 November to complete necessary pavement repair works 500m east of Separation Creek and adjacent to the current workzone.
Maintenance crews have identified numerous pot holes and a general deterioration of the east-bound lane at this location 500m east of Separation Creek due to increased traffic volumes being diverted around the landslide site and construction plant impacts due to the initial clean up of landslide material.
We would like to have the road repaired before Friday 2 December, when the Great Victorian Bike Ride will travel through the area.
Details of the closure will be confirmed this Monday 21 November, however, it is expected to be from 10pm on Monday 28 November and into the early hours of Tuesday morning.
All towns along the Great Ocean Road will remain open and accessible via the Great Ocean Road either side of Separation Creek and inland routes. Traffic management will encourage drivers to detour around the closure via the inland townships of Deans Marsh and Forrest.
The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting fine weather this weekend and possible showers early next week. While it is unlikely these conditions will trigger the threshold for a road closure, if our geotechnical ground sensory equipment detects significant movement or saturation, we will not hesitate to do so for safety reasons. The graph below shows rainfall and movement since late September.
Lane closures and speed restrictions
Safety is our number one priority on all our worksites. We encourage road users to slow down and drive to the conditions through work zones. Traffic management will continue while clearing and construction works are in progress.
We encourage drivers to stay informed by visiting the VicTraffic website or calling 13 11 70.
We now have a designated webpage for Great Ocean Road landslide information and traffic conditions.