Drysdale is another step closer to safer and less congested roads, with the Planning Scheme Amendment required to build the Drysdale Bypass approved by Minister for Planning Richard Wynne.

The Andrews Labor Government is investing $106 million to improve safety and ease congestion through the centre of Drysdale, by giving trucks and Bellarine Peninsula traffic an alternative and more efficient route.

The approval of the Planning Scheme Amendment is a necessary step to provide additional land to build the bypass and follows an independent planning panel’s review and endorsement of the proposed bypass route in October 2017.

VicRoads has now been given the green light to complete preconstruction planning and engage a construction contractor.

Currently, around 20,000 vehicles use High Street in Drysdale every day, with 11 per cent of those heavy vehicles.

Building the six kilometre bypass from Jetty Road to north of Whitcombes Road, will help reduce traffic congestion on this road and in the town by around 40 per cent and improve traffic flow for motorists to growing coastal areas on the Bellarine Peninsula.

It will also provide better connections between schools, sporting facilities and growing residential areas, with the construction of a new pedestrian and bicycle underpass at Peninsula Drive.

As part of the project, traffic lights will be installed at the intersection of Grubb Road and Portarlington Road and replace the roundabout, which is a current cause of frustration for drivers.

These lights will improve traffic flow and improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists now and into the future.

A contract for the construction of the bypass is expected to be awarded before the middle of 2018, with the project due for completion in mid-2020.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville

 “The Drysdale bypass will cut traffic travelling through Drysdale by 40 per cent – it will take trucks out of the town and put them onto a more efficient, purpose-built route.”

“The bypass will make it safer and easier for kids to ride and walk to school, with over six kilometres of shared user paths and an underpass linking residential areas to the schools and the sporting precinct. “

“We’re consulting with the community every step of way as we deliver this vital project –  I want to particularly thank the Drysdale and Clifton Springs Community Association, who have generously contributed their time and local knowledge over the last two years to help shape and enhance the design.”

“I do acknowledge that there were some views against traffic lights at the Grubb Road intersection. But extensive investigation by the independent panel, including into traffic flows now and into the future, together with differing community views supported the installation of lights. “