Stabilising Paddy’s Hill – VicRoads April Update
April 7, 2017
Community visits Paddy’s Path hill
The Community Resilience Committee’s flora, fauna and beachscape group convened a community group to join VicRoads staff on the Paddy’s Path hillside last week to inspect vegetation, the landslide zone and to plan for a mid-year replanting project.
Local flora expert Trevor Blake, ecologist Mark Stockdale, the community and VicRoads environmental officer John Tunn are compiling a plant list to reinstate vegetation following the soil nailing project.
We’re happy to report that, work on the upper retaining wall at Paddy’s Path in Wye River, is well underway and is expected to be completed by the end of April.
To minimise our environmental impact and operate as efficiently as possible, we’re now using a crane to lift equipment and materials onto the hillside site.
The 75-metre retaining main wall on the Great Ocean Road is scheduled for completion next week and the final layers of Gabian rock baskets are now being installed on the facade.
Great Ocean Road will be open for Easter
We understand how important it is to have the Great Ocean Road open during the busy Easter period.
Where we are working at Wye River, we will remove our roadside barriers mid-week (April 12) and reopen both lanes of the Great Ocean Road.
Kennett River and Separation Creek works
Further stabilisation works will begin after Easter on a number of other small landslips along the upper side of the Great Ocean Road between Wye River and Kennett River.
A long-reach excavator will smooth 10 rough slip areas, and then install biodegradable matting as an erosion control.
Traffic management will be in place as this work progresses along the road. This project is expected to be completed by late May.
A 300m length of kerb and channel is being installed 500m east of Separation Creek. These works will be completed by the end of April. Traffic management is in place.
As winter approaches, we’re doubling our monitoring and inspection rates along the Great Ocean Road.
Experienced personnel are monitoring hillsides and road edges for any changes. Significant rainfall will trigger more detailed geothechnical inspections.
Paddy's Path stabilisation works are scheduled to be completed, depending on weather, around mid-year. We will consider weekend work if works are impacted by weather. We will provide the community with regular updates as the works progress.
Get in Touch & More Information
VicRoads has a designated webpage for Great Ocean Road landslide information and traffic conditions.
Up to date information can also be found on the VicTraffic website and app or by calling 13 11 70.