Local residents have helped shape upgrade works that will improve safety and reduce traffic for people travelling along High Street in Drysdale.

This is a critical project as part of the Drysdale bypass. High street is one of the busiest in Bellarine and the community have partnered with us to improve high street for local residents and visitors to the Bellarine peninsula .

The package will improve accessibility for people with disabilities, create a safer school speed zone, build designated lanes for cyclists and upgrade parking.

The upgrade also includes:

• Installation of flashing 40km/h school zone signs
• A three metre sealed shoulder incorporating a new bicycle lane
• Road reconstruction at several locations
• Improvements to pedestrian crossings and new pedestrian refuge islands
• Upgrades to street lighting, kerbs, signs, barriers and line marking
• Upgrades to traffic lights with the addition of a red turning arrow and a flashing Give Way To Pedestrians sign

Last year, the community who live, work and visit the area were asked how best to improve High Street – their feedback played a key role in developing this safety package.

VicRoads is currently finalising the design for the Drysdale Bypass, including the intersection of Jetty Road, Grubb Road and High Street. Designs are expected to be finalised by the end of the year.

The Bypass will reduce the number of trucks and heavy vehicles in High Street by providing an alternate and more efficient route, diverting them from the centre of town.

The $3 million High Street improvements are part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $109 million Drysdale Bypass project.

Upgrades on High Street are due to start later this year, with a contractor to be appointed in 2017 to construct the Drysdale Bypass.

Ms Neville said, We’ve listened and worked with the local community. Whether you’re travelling by car, bicycle, or foot – these works will make High Street in Drysdale a safer and more enjoyable place to be.

Thousands of people make their way to the Bellarine Peninsula each year, and projects like this will help us attract even more people to our region, Ms Neville concluded.