Moving traffic on the Princes Highway

Source: Victorian Government - http://premier.vic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases.htm 

10 January 2014

Traffic on the Princes Highway has moved to a new three kilometre section of road as part of the jointly funded $220 million federal and state duplication of the Princes Highway.

Major construction commenced in March 2011 and when complete, the new road will be a four lane divided highway between Geelong and Winchelsea, with three metre shoulders and a wide median providing a safer and more reliable route for everyone.

Minister for Roads Terry Mulder said VicRoads has moved traffic successfully three times so far: in Winchelsea; at Buckley; and through Waurn Ponds.

"Drivers are now using a new three kilometre section of carriageway in a significant section of the Princes Highway between Waltons Road and just west of Hendy Main Road," Mr Mulder said.

"Traffic has moved from the existing carriageway to the new carriageway allowing VicRoads’ contractor, BMD Constructions, to upgrade the existing lanes.

"Motorists will continue to travel the highway with reduced speed limits in place and are asked to drive with care as traffic will be travelling in both directions on the new carriageway."

Member for Corrangamite Sarah Henderson said significant changes will also be noticed at the intersection at Barrabool Road and Considines Road as a result of the move.

"Drivers are asked to take care and pay attention with changes to speed limits, signs and line-marking," Ms Henderson said.

"Further switches are proposed along the 23 kilometre stretch between Geelong and Winchelsea which will result in regular changes in traffic conditions.

"Drivers are asked to continue to drive safely in the construction zones, obeying all speed limits and traffic signs."

Ms Henderson said details of the changes and timing will be advertised for all future traffic switches via electronic message boards and traffic signage to guide motorists safely through the area.

"The project continues to progress with a finish date expected this year. In February, large beams will be lifted on the bridge crossing the Geelong-Warrnambool railway line which will cater for Colac bound traffic," Ms Henderson said.

 

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