Surf Coast Hwy re-opens a week early

March 2, 2024 6:16 am in by
The Surf Coast Hwy is taking traffic again, a week earlier than expected (SUPPLIED).

The Surf Coast Highway has re-opened a week ahead of schedule after a three-week construction blitz to re-align the road beneath the new rail bridge.

Four lanes beneath the bridge between Baanip Boulevard and the old rail crossing are now taking traffic, where an estimated 29,000 people make their way each day.

A centre median strip separates the north-south bound lanes, and the work of local Wadawurrung man Billy-Jay O’Toole adorns the bridge.

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Installation of panels on the bridge featuring artwork by Wadawurrung man Billy-Jay O’Toole.

The 103-metre long installation features the traditional names Doolibeal for Armstrong Creek and Yuroyuroke for Mount Duneed, amongst a depiction of the areas landscape and coastline on perforated aluminium sheeting.

Work on a new cycling and walking path through the area continues, along with landscaping and a duplication of the rail track.

Authorities are warning drivers that speed restrictions through the area remain, and are flagging another shorter road closure later in the year to remove the existing level crossing after which trains will shift on the to the new bridge over the highway.