Upgrades complete on Great Ocean Road bridges

Media Release

DC190/2016

17 November 2016

Joint release with:

Luke Donnellan

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety

Sarah Henderson

Federal Member for Corangamite

  • Bridges at Separation and Boggaley Creeks have been upgraded and will serve motorists for the next 100 years
  • This is welcome news for bushfire-affected communities as they continue to rebuild
  • The Australian and Victorian governments continue to invest in keeping this key tourist route safe and reliable through a $50 million package of upgrades

There was good news today for Great Ocean Road communities, with construction now complete on new bridges at Separation and Boggaley Creeks.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the projects were part of the Australian and Victorian governments' $50 million joint Great Ocean Road upgrade.

“Bridge reconstructions like these will ensure future generations will continue to enjoy all that this iconic area offers,” Mr Chester said.

“These projects will provide a smoother and safer journey for everyone who travels the Great Ocean Road and will ensure the longevity of the bridges for the next 100 years.”

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson officially opened the bridges today.

“Rebuilding these bridges and upgrading the surrounding Great Ocean Road will ensure safe and reliable access for all coastal travellers, now and into the future,” Ms Henderson said.

“These upgrades are an essential part of supporting the ongoing economic health of coastal communities along the Great Ocean Road.”

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said the projects aimed to address deterioration of the road and ensure it stayed safe and reliable for all users.

“Parts of the original 1970s bridge at Boggaley Creek, about 1.5 kilometres east of Separation Creek, have been rebuilt,” Mr Donnellan said.

“Similar work to rebuild the existing single span bridge at Separation Creek is also complete and the road either side of the bridge upgraded to eliminate potholes and rough areas.

“A pedestrian path has also been included to help locals and visitors get around this busy residential and holiday coastal village more easily.”

Reconstruction of these bridges, located between Lorne and Apollo Bay, is part of the joint Australian and Victorian governments' $50 million upgrade of the Great Ocean Road.