Council has appointed EDI Downer Pty Ltd to carry out significant road renewal works on Loch-Wonthaggi Road from Bakers Road to the municipal boundary, approximately 600 metres. This road requires significant rehabilitation to improve the condition and safety of the road as it provides a vital commuter link between residents in the South Gippsland and Baw Baw regions and the regional centre of Wonthaggi. The road is a major strategic freight and transport route for larger vehicles servicing the dairy, agriculture and extraction industry.
These works will involve:
- major earthworks and embankment works including some tree removal to improve vehicle sight lines
- road widening to a minimum of 6.4 metres wide
- renewal of the road pavement
- spray sealing including asphalt at the Bakers Road intersection
- replacement of the road safety guard rail
- replacement of existing driveway culverts
- reinstatement of signage and linemarking as required.
These are in the order of $650,000 partly funded by State Government through the Fixing Country Roads Program ($600,000) which invests in improving the condition of regional roads to enhance connectivity and efficiency of regional communities, and Council ($50,000). The program supports practical projects that improve local road conditions in regional areas that involve shoulder widening and pavement rehabilitations.
Works have begun and are anticipated to take 8-9 weeks to complete, subject to weather conditions.
Due to the nature of the works, vehicle movements on Loch-Wonthaggi Road will experience significant delays (up to 15 minutes), particularly whilst the earthworks and road widening are being carried out. There will be changes in traffic movements including a lane closure controlled by traffic controllers/lights and a worksite speed restriction of 40km/hr. Predominantly outside of normal working hours, the road will include a lane closure controlled by traffic lights at appropriate speed restrictions.
We appreciate these works will present an inconvenience and ask for your patience during this time. Our contractor will make every effort to minimise delays while implementing appropriate traffic control measures. Road users may wish to seek alternate routes during the construction period. Emergency vehicle access to properties will be maintained at all times.