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MEDIA RELEASE - $3.5 million investment in key tourist roads

22 July 2019

A total of $3.5 million is being invested across more than three kilometres of Portland district tourist roads to provide for increasing visitor and recreation traffic.

A total of $2 million worth of works are underway on Portland’s Heath Road as part of a $1.5 million contribution from the State Government’s Fixing Country Roads program, in addition to a $500,000 commitment from Glenelg Shire Council.

Drainage, road rehabilitation and line marking works, valued at $500,000, were finalised on Heath Road earlier this month, including installation of 17 sets of culverts stretching across 2km from Oakley’s Road, west to the airport.

The second stage, valued at $1.5 million, includes further drainage and road rehabilitation works, to fix depressions in the road pavement to allow for a smoother and safer journey, in addition to vegetation maintenance works which will begin across the stretch in spring.

A further $1.5 million, including $1 million sourced from the Fixing Country Roads Program plus $500,000 from council, will be spent on widening and pavement improvements, plus installation of guard rail, across 2km of Bridgewater Lakes Road at Cape Bridgewater. This is in addition to 1km of re-sheet works on the neighbouring Knights and Parkers Road.

Vegetation works are due to begin in spring, with drainage and pavement works to follow in early 2020.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said each of the roads were popular tourist and cyclists routes, linking to Cape Bridgewater and the Portland Airport.

“These important works are going to be instrumental towards improving safety for all users of these popular roads,” Cr Rank said.

“These roads are a popular path for local cyclists, and will be featured during the upcoming Tour of the Great South Coast with some of Australia’s top cyclists taking on the challenging coastal route

“The infamous “Shuffler” hill, which is synonymous with the Three Bays Marathon, will also be widened as part of the works which will make these routes even more popular with recreational traffic, assisting to build the profile of what is one of Victoria’s best coastlines.

“This State Government funding program is critical for council in realising investment in rural road projects, which don’t have the mass numbers of our key arterial routes.

“The investment is ultimately improving the connectivity, reliability and efficiency of our rural road network, improving the experiences for the growing number of visitors to our shire and local residents who use these routes daily.”

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