The Andrews Government is making High Street in Drysdale a safer place to walk, ride and drive, through a $3 million upgrade which will start this week.

The upgrade is part of the $109 million Drysdale Bypass project and will improve safety from Railway Crescent to Whitcombes Road through the following works:

  • Establishing a new safer school zone near Drysdale Primary School and Drysdale Christian College by adding flashing 40km/h signs and an upgraded parking zone
  • Widening High Street to include a new bicycle lane and improved access to nearby residences
  • Improving pedestrian safety with new crossings and refuge islands
  • Upgrading street lighting, kerbs, signs, barriers and line-marking
  • Upgrading traffic lights, including red turning arrows and flashing “Give Way to Pedestrians” signs

Between 2010 and 2015, there were 24 crashes on High Street which resulted in injuries, including eight serious injury crashes.

This combination will benefit drivers, cyclists and pedestrians by improving accessibility for people with a disability, a safer school speed zone, designated lanes for cyclists and parking upgrades.

These works are expected to be completed by mid-2017.

The Drysdale Bypass will significantly reduce the number of heavy trucks travelling through the town of Drysdale, reducing congestion and making it safer for the local community.

A Planning Scheme Amendment (PSA) process will commence this year, and the community will be able to provide feedback on the design.

The PSA process is an opportunity for the community to provide their feedback and get actively involved in the Drysdale Bypass project.

A tender process for the Drysdale Bypass is scheduled for later this year.

Quotes attributed to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville:

“We’re upgrading High Street so it’s safer for locals whether that’s by car, on a bicycle or on foot.”

“Drysdale is a growing and these improvements will ensure that families, children, cyclists and those with disabilities can get to where they need to be safely.”