Wye River Works – VicRoads Update
June 30, 2017
Wye River Pedestrian Works
Work on the Wye River township improvements are nearing completion.
Kerb and channel, the pedestrian refuge on the Great Ocean Road, new bus stop, paths and most landscaping have all been completed. Car parking spaces have been designated.
Replanting of local indigenous grasses in the garden beds is complete. A selection of more decorative plants and mulching will follow.
The surrounding Great Ocean Road intersection will be repaired and asphalted and new parking signage installed during the next two weeks.
A further 135m of kerb, channel and stormwater drainage will be installed along the Great Ocean Road behind the foreshore reserve caravan park in mid July.
Soil Nailing at Wye River
Soil nailing the hillside across the landslide zone at Paddy’s Path has made great progress as winter weather along this section of the Great Ocean Road remains stable.
Once soil nailing is complete, the hillside will be locked down with steel netting and environmental matting and revegetated with indigenous plants. A second section of the hillside further east of the township will also be nailed.
The entire project is scheduled for completion, weather permitting, by the end of July or beginning of August.
We greatly appreciate the understanding and patience of the entire township as these emergency works progress.
Stabilising the Road
More than 160 landslides occurred along the length of the Great Ocean Road during major storms in late 2016.
VicRoads has been progressively repairing and stabilising hillsides that washed onto the tourist road.
Crews have been smoothing out, hydro-seeding, nailing and netting more than a dozen sites between Wye River and Kennett River.
They will next focus on another dozen sites between Apollo Bay and Lorne and 30 sites between Separation Creek and Jamieson Creek.
Cape Patton Lookout
Work is about to begin on installing rock fall netting on the Great Ocean Road at Cape Patton Lookout.
The $1.2 million project to stabilise six cliff faces is a part of the State Government’s $53 million grant to protect the Great Ocean Road from environmental impacts.
Work crews will begin removing vegetation on the cliff face in mid July in preparation for the installation of steel mesh netting which will be draped 80m around the cliff to prevent rocks and debris falling onto the tourist road.
The Cape Patton lookout will be closed to traffic for three weeks during the project. One lane of the Great Ocean Road will also be closed with traffic management in place.
The Cape Paton project is the sixth cliff face along this section of the Great Ocean Road to be treated with rock fall netting. Five other sites west of Lorne and Wye River are underway.
Get in Touch & More Information
VicRoads has a designated webpage for Great Ocean Road landslide information and traffic conditions.
Up to date information can also be found on the VicTraffic website and app or by calling 13 11 70.