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Loch Wonthaggi Road Flood Mitigation and Road Upgrade works

Significant road construction and flood mitigation works are about to begin on Loch-Wonthaggi Road between Heslop Road and West Creek Road, Wonthaggi. It is anticipated to start from 14 January 2019 and finished in mid-March 2020, subject to contractors availability and weather permitting. Council has awarded a contract to McNeil Contracting Pty Ltd to carry out these works as part of Council’s adopted 2019-2020 Capital works program.

This busy collector road is requiring flood mitigation works and road upgrade to improve the condition and safety of the road that provides a vital commuter link between residents in South Gippsland and Baw Baw regions and the regional centre of Wonthaggi. This road is also a major strategic freight and transport route for larger vehicles servicing the dairy, agriculture and extraction industry.

Council was successful in securing funding from the State Government through the Fixing Country Roads Program to support this project. This program invests in improving the state of regional roads to enhance safety, connectivity and efficiency for regional road users. The project cost will be in the order of $1.5 million and include $1.0 million funding from the State Government program Fixing Country Roads.

The works will involve:

  • Major earthworks for drainage, including clearing of some vegetation for culvert works.
  • Installation of a series of large multi-cell box culvert drainage with rock beaching to reduce flooding along a section of road where Powlett river crosses.
  • Up to 500 metres of road upgrade to achieve a minimum 7.0 metre wide road pavement which includes adding a rock overlay and cement/lime stabilisation of the road pavement
  • Road spray sealing works, including the replacement of the existing road safety guard rail
  • Reinstate of signage and linemarking as required

A full road closure will be in place between West Creek Road and Heslop Road throughout the duration of these works (see attached map). Road detours for all vehicles on Loch Wonthaggi Road will require to use either Archies Creek Road, West Creek Road or Heslop Road because of the nature of these works. Local landowners will be able to access their properties within the road closure.

We appreciate that these works will present a significant inconvenience to you all. We ask for your patience during these works. Appropriate traffic control measures including electronic message signs will be displayed onsite prior to Christmas and throughout the duration of these works. Road users will need to use the road detour routes during the construction period. Please plan your trip accordingly. As always, emergency vehicle access to all properties will be maintained at all times.

Our community, local residents, schools, businesses and other stakeholders will be kept up-to-date with the project via website updates and onsite with the electronic message signs, where appropriate. For information or assistance during this project, please contact: