Surf Coast Highway reopens one week early

March 1, 2024 BY

Newly installed 103-metre-long bridge artwork by Wadawrurung artist Billy-Jay O'Toole. Photo: SUPPLIED

THE Surf Coast Highway reopened today, one week ahead of schedule, following weeks of commuter pain.

The highway was reopened northbound just after 3.00 pm after southbound was opened around midday.

A new elevated rail bridge and embankment have been built to the south of the existing track.

The realigned roadway. Photo: SUPPLIED

The Department of Transport and Planning issued a statement announcing the reopening.

“A three-week construction blitz has returned Surf Coast Highway to its permanent alignment under the new rail bridge – a week ahead of schedule,” the statement read.

“During the closure 1,800 tonnes of asphalt was placed to resurface the highway, and 107 cubic metres of concrete poured for the centre median strip and drainage.

“Artwork by local Wadawurrung artist Billy-Jay O’Toole was installed across the bridge and features traditional names Doolibeal for Armstrong Creek and Yuroyuroke for Mount Duneed.”

More than 80 crew members a day were involved during the closure.

Crews relocated and rebuilt over 4,000m2 of road to return the highway to its permanent alignment. Photo: SUPPLIED

Darren Cheeseman Member for South Barwon thanked the community for their patience.

“Closing the highway in this section has allowed work to be completed quickly and safely, bringing us another step closer to removing this congested level crossing for good,” Mr Cheeseman said.

“I’d like to thank the local community for their patience during this time.

“Road users returning to the road will be able to celebrate the area’s unique natural features and our First Nations history through the artwork of artist Billy-Jay O’Toole.”

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