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Showcasing Art on the Drysdale Bypass

Locals using the pedestrian underpass built as part of the biggest road infrastructure project on the Bellarine Peninsula – the Drysdale Bypass – will be now treated to a touch of art on their travels.

A series of mosaic glass art letters created by a local artist Diane Schofield have been etched into the underpass walls – with a series of inspirational words, including ‘dream’, ‘inspire’ and ‘believe and achieve’ which were selected by school students on the Bellarine Peninsula.

The $117 million Drysdale Bypass – which stretches 6 kilometres from Jetty Road to the north of Whitcombes Road – has significantly reduced traffic congestion through the centre of Drysdale and has delivered safer, more efficient journeys for motorists on the Bellarine Peninsula.

 It’s also reduced traffic on the township’s High Street by close to 50 per cent and improved travel for pedestrians and cyclists after opening in June 2020.

The installation of the glass art letters is the finishing touch on the Drysdale pedestrian underpass and comes as part of the annual Festival of Glass event – which is held in January, February and March in Drysdale and other townships of the Northern Bellarine. The event is supported by a range of local businesses and community groups.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville

“The Drysdale Bypass has made life easier and safer for all road users in the area, including pedestrians and cyclists who use the underpass to access the education, arts and sporting precinct on Peninsula Drive.”

“We have exceptionally talented artists right here in the Drysdale region and the inclusion of the glass art on the underpass is a wonderful mini exhibition of local creativity for our community to enjoy.”

Quotes attributable to Convenor of the Festival of Glass Mercedes Drummond

“The Festival of Glass is a well-loved event in Drysdale, but it has been postponed over the last couple of years due to Covid, so we are thrilled to have glass art featured as part of the Drysdale underpass so that it can be viewed and enjoyed by the local community all year round.”

“We’re happy to see that the Drysdale Bypass has had such an impact on reducing traffic in the township, in particular moving the high volume of large trucks away from middle of town, making it a safer place for everyone.