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Great Ocean Road - Works Update

August 24, 2017
Paddy’s Path stabilisation

With soil nailing almost finished below 21-25 Iluka Avenue, VicRoads crews are laying steel mesh and erosion control matting on the Paddy’s Path hillside.

This combined treatment is anchoring what had been an unstable hillside that collapsed onto the road after saturating rains in September 2016.

The pathway in this vicinity has been restored with concrete laid to both approaches of a pedestrian bridge that is due to be erected at the end of August.

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Laying steel mesh on the Paddy's Path hillside.

Soil nailing

Another section of the Paddy’s Path hillside, between the end of the major retaining wall on the Great Ocean Road to Stanway Drive, Separation Creek, will also be soil nailed.

Work is expected to begin mid October to stabilise this section to protect the face of the hill.

Landslides

Work is progressing on the landslide which struck the ocean side of the Great Ocean Road, six kilometres west of Wye River, in early August.

The landslide area has been excavated to construct a 45m-long retaining wall, up to 4.5m tall. Work is expected to be completed late September.

Traffic management is in place. Expect minimal delays.

A second landslide area, on the ocean side of the Great Ocean Road at Separation Creek, will be remediated mid September with a 45m steel and concrete retaining wall.

A small ocean-side landslip site, opposite Wye Road near Boggaley Creek, will be stabilised with a 25m steel and concrete retaining wall. The four-week project is scheduled to begin mid October.

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A new retaining wall under construction 6km west of Wye River.

Wire netting

Nine rock wall sites on the inland side of the Great Ocean Road between Lorne and Cape Patton are being secured with wire mesh.

Three sites just west of Lorne and two west of Wye River have been completed. Work at the other four sites is still underway.

All cliff faces are being descaled, where loose material including rocks weighing up to one tonne, is removed before wire net is anchored to the cliff face to prevent any future rock falls from reaching the tourist road.

This series of projects is scheduled for completion early October. Traffic management is in place. You may experience minor delays.

In mid-September, work will start on installing rock-fall netting at six additional cliff face sites just west of Kennett River. This nine-week project is scheduled to be completed mid December.

Hillsides

Stabilisation works continue on about 50 hillsides, between Kennett River and Jamieson River, that slope down to the Great Ocean Road. The faces of these hillsides had slipped onto the road after the 2016 torrential rains.

Their faces were cleaned 12 months ago. They will be stabilised with 1.5m-long soil nails, steel netting and erosion control mat. This project is expected to be completed mid October.

Grey River Bridge

Work to replace the bridge at Grey River is scheduled to begin during the first week of September.

The bridge will be replaced with a new single-span structure. About 130m of the Great Ocean Road will be realigned both sides of the bridge approach. The project is due to be completed in May 2018.

The new bridge is being constructed on the ocean side of the old bridge. This will mean two lanes of the Great Ocean Road will remain open for all traffic for much of the construction phase.

Get in Touch & More Information

VicRoads has a designated webpage for Great Ocean Road landslide information and traffic conditions.

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Up to date information can also be found on the VicTraffic website and app or by calling 13 11 70.

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