12The entrances to Inverloch will be back to normal over the Christmas-New Year but it will then be back to work on a massive safety upgrade to the Bass Highway on the edge of town. m5114110
VISITORS over the summer holidays and locals alike are going to have to get used to the inconvenience of road works along the main access to Inverloch.
It’s the busiest time of the year but the road works will be going on right through January and beyond.
But, according the VicRoads’ Regional Director, Eastern Victoria Scott Lawrence, the pain will be accompanied by significant gains in safety.
“VicRoads is carrying out multiple road safety upgrades and significant road repairs along the Bass Highway and on the Korumburra-Inverloch Road at Inverloch costing a total of $7.299 million,” Mr Scott said.
“The road safety upgrades component of the works costs a total of $5.105 million.
These upgrades include:
• The construction of a new roundabout at the intersection of Korumburra-Inverloch Road and Bass Highway.
• Improvements to the existing Bass Highway/Inverloch-Venus Bay Road roundabout.
• Construction of new turning lanes into Bear Street and Cashin Street.
• Construction of new access points into the Inverloch Cemetery, including a decided right turn lane.
“The $2.194 million road repair works will be carried out at the same time on the Bass Highway and on the Korumburra-Inverloch Road to minimise the impact on road users travelling through the area.
“The works commenced in November 2014 and are due to be completed around the middle of 2015.
“VicRoads knows that the Inverloch community has been calling for action to improve safety in this area as well as improve the condition of the Bass Highway, which is exactly what these upgrades will deliver,” he said.
“Construction works will stop for a two-week period over the Christmas holidays from last Sunday, December 21 until Sunday, January 4, 2015 to avoid disruption to local and tourism traffic over the busy Christmas-New Year holiday period.
“During this time the Bass Highway will be returned to normal operation,” he said.
“A speed reduction is not anticipated however we urge road users to take care travelling through this area.
When works recommence on Monday, January 5, 2015 road users should allow extra time to travel through the area.
“We understand that road works can be an inconvenience for motorists however, the optimal time to carry out road works is during the warm and dry weather conditions over summer.
“VicRoads thanks road users for their patience while these important road projects are carried out.”
So it’s on with the job at the best time of the year for construction and we should all simply enjoy the Christmas-New Year break!