Locals will be able to learn more about the new roundabout to be built at the intersection of Barwon Heads Road, Blackrock Road and Staceys Road at a drop-in community session in August.

An information session will be held at the Barwon Heads Senior Citizens Club on Wednesday, 15 August from 4-7pm, giving community members a chance to view the designs of the roundabout and meet the project team.

Between January 2011 and June 2018, there were five crashes recorded at this intersection, resulting in eight serious injuries. Three of these crashes involved vehicles travelling across the intersection, one was turning right and other turning left.

The new roundabout will improve safety and cater for growing traffic volumes predicted for the area.

Not only will a roundabout ensure drivers reduce their speed on approach to the intersection, it will also improve the ability for drivers to better select a gap in traffic.

As part of this upgrade, dedicated cycling lanes will be built on the Barwon Heads Road approaches to the intersection, new left and right turn lanes will provide access to the local airport and street lighting will be improved.

Pedestrian and public transport safety will also be bolstered, with the existing Geelong bound bus stop relocated to prior to the roundabout.

The Andrews Labor Government has invested $2.9 million for the construction of this roundabout under the Rural Arterial Road Improvements Program.

The contract for this project is expected to be awarded later this year, with construction to begin in early 2019.

Community information session

Where: Barwon Heads Senior Citizens Club, 5A Clifford Parade, Barwon Heads

When: Wednesday, 15 August, 4-7pm

Quotes attributable to member for Bellarine Lisa Neville

We’re investing in this vital project to make sure our road infrastructure is capable of catering to increasing traffic volumes – especially for a popular and busy route like Barwon Heads Road.

“I encourage the community to come along to this information session and find out more about how this roundabout upgrade will improve safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike.”