The Victorian Government has allocated $109 million to construct the Drysdale Bypass including $3 million to improve safety and traffic flow on High Street.The bypass will be approximately six kilometres long from Jetty Road to north of Whitcombes Road and will include a shared pedestrian and cycle path.
The alignment for the Drysdale Bypass has been included on the City of Greater Geelong Planning Scheme since the 1980s.
A Drysdale Road Network study was conducted in 2014 to determine the preferred network upgrades. Feedback from the community was used in the planning for the Drysdale Bypass.
In 2015 $2 million was fast-tracked to commence the planning works for the Drysdale Bypass and improvements to High Street.
– Fewer trucks and heavy vehicles on High Street making it safer for drivers pedestrians and cyclists in the centre of Drysdale.
– Less congestion at peak times at the intersection of Portarlington Grubb and Jetty roads.
– A shared-use path along the bypass plus additional paths connecting to existing ones.
– Safer access to the schools precinct including an underpass for pedestrians/students.
– Time and cost savings for commuting businesses.
– Smoother and more efficient travel along the Bellarine Peninsula especially during holiday season.