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14 Sep 2016 – Great Ocean Road Closed – Lorne to Skenes Creek

Due to heavy rains received over the last few days, the Great Ocean Rd has been closed due to landslides and safety concerns in several locations.


Separation Creek Bridge Replacement Works underway

VicRoads began work in February this year to replace the bridge at Separation Creek on the Great Ocean Road.

“We have already completed some improvements to the road between Separation Creek and Wye River, with work to upgrade the road between Boggaley Creek and Separation Creek currently taking place” stated VicRoads Regional Director Mark Koliba.

“Construction at the bridge over Separation Creek will involve removing the existing bridge and placing new beams, abutments and barriers; along with a new surface to seal everything in. A new path will be constructed on one side of the bridge with a barrier to separate vehicles from pedestrians providing a safe crossing of the creek for local residents.

Traffic management will be in place during construction including lane closures and reduced speed limits with temporary traffic lights making sure all road users and road workers are safe. Drivers are asked to plan their journey in advance and expect some delays. The new bridge at Separation Creek is expected to be completed and open to traffic later this year prior to the next summer peak season.

VicRoads is also preparing to begin work to upgrade the bridge over Boggaley Creek, replacing beams and providing a new surface. The same type of traffic management will be used at this location.

If people are interested in receiving updates about the Great Ocean Road, VicRoads issue an E-News (roughly monthly depending on activities), you can register by emailing greatoceanroad@roads.vic.gov.au

Follow the link below to VicRoads webpage for the Great Ocean Road, which is currently being updated.  VicRoads

Refer link below of letter and map of the Separation Creek works to be undertaken.

VicRoads July 2015 update

2014 Great Ocean Road News

Great Ocean Road was completely shut near Wye River for 4 days in August 2014.  Work was completed successfully on time.

See the time lapse video of the GOR work – great video!

Below is information published prior to the event

Closure date confirmed 24-28 Aug

The closure  was confirmed 24 July by VicRoads.  The road w closed on the evening of Sunday 24 August, and is due to open again on the evening of Thurs 28 August.  This is likely to be a ‘once in a generation’ event and will require a lot of users to adapt to the closure.

Where will the road be closed?

The work is replacing a deep culvert about 500m from Sturt point Wye River, on the Kennett side of Wye River.  No one will be allowed past due to the large dangerous excavation.

Why close the road?

The road is already starting to fail at the culvert location.  The planned 4 day closure will avoid a catastrophic failure at a random time in future that could close the road for months as happened in 1964 and 1971 elsewhere on the road.

It is being done now in the quiet time of year to minimise disruption.

Public information forum Sunday 3 August.  10am – 2pm.

VicRoads are coming to Wye River on Sun 3 Aug to the Surf Club to explain what is happening about the closure and to answer any questions from residents or landowners.   This will also explain detour arrangements.

VicRoads will also explain the large amount of work to be done locally as part of the $50 million GOR upgrade project.  This will include replacement of 3 local bridges at a total cost over $8 million, one of which is the Separation Creek bridge and a new footbridge.

Other information forums

For those that can’t make the Wye forum on 3rd Aug, others will be at  Apollo Bay on 5th Aug and Lorne 7th Aug.

The Progress Association has been involved since the early stages of planning.  Roy Moriarty and I attended a meeting 24 July with VicRoads that involved all emergency services agencies to ensure contingencies are in place.  The amount of planning already done is immense.

Diagram of road closure


Rex Brown
President, WRSCPA, 2014.