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Notice of works - Federal Government Blackspot Program 18/19 - Cowes Rhyll Road - Thompson Avenue to Coghlan Road, Cowes


Road crashes are a major cost to Australians every year. Black Spot projects target those road locations where crashes are occurring. The emphasis of this program is to reduce the number of crashes and the level of severity. As part of the Black Spot Program, road safety improvement works will be undertaken along Cowes Rhyll Road from Thompson Avenue to Coghlan Road in Cowes. See highlighted map below.

Works are anticipated to begin from Monday 7 October and be completed by early November 2019, subject to contractor availability and weather conditions. This project was part of Council’s adopted 2018/19 Black Spot Funding Program. Council awarded this project to Fowlers Asphalting Pty Ltd. The total cost of this project is in the order of $780,000 and is funded by the Federal Government.

The works involve:

  • Some vegetation clearing and trimming to improve sightlines for intersecting streets, road widening, drainage works and guardrail installation. This work is necessary to meet the desired road improvements for the Blackspot project. Council has ensured the design for these road improvements has avoided and minimised the loss of vegetation, where appropriate. Appropriate site and tree protection measures will be in place. Council understands it is difficult to balance the natural and built environments to meet road safety improvements whereby predominately native vegetation is located within the road reserve. No planning permit was required under the exemption process for Blackspot projects, however all necessary approvals from DELWP have been acquired within this exemption, which included that all vegetation loss to be offset and secured as part of the native vegetation requirements.
  • Minor earthworks and drainage works as required. This is to re-align the open swale drain because of the road widening works and guardrail installation.
  • Widening of road (approximately 1.2 metres wide, both sides) including asphalting works from Thompson Avenue to Jeury Court.
  • Installation of guardrails between Thompson Avenue and Redwood Drive. Guardrails are a device which is designed to promote public safety by preventing vehicles from crossing a road into a dangerous area.
  • Improved street lighting at the intersection of Redwood Drive and Cowes Rhyll Road.
  • Appropriate signage and linemarking along the entire length of this road

What to expect:

  • Works to be carried out between 7.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday (unless otherwise advised)
  • Appropriate traffic control measures will be in place with reduced speed limits and lane closures, as required. Road users may experience some minor delays throughout the duration of works.
  • Our contractor will program their works to avoid any traffic issues during the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix and peak school hours in the mornings and afternoons.

We appreciate that these works may present an inconvenience to you and we ask for your patience during these times. Our contractor will make every effort to minimise disruptions to motorist, residents, schools and businesses that operate along this section of road, while implementing appropriate traffic control measures including electronic message signs to be displayed onsite during the construction period. Road users may wish to seek alternate routes during this period.

Our community, local residents, schools, businesses and other stakeholders will be kept up-to-date with the project via website updates and letter box drops or mail outs where appropriate.

For information or assistance during this project, please contact:

  • Fowlers Asphalting – Daniel Parise – Project Manager on 0438 030 221
  • Bass Coast Shire Council’s Infrastructure Delivery Team – Ravi Raveendran – Contract Superintendent or David Vaea on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211 (business hours Monday - Friday)