Three months to fix Great Ocean Road

ROADS authorities say it could take three months to repair landslips on the Great Ocean Road.

ROADS authorities say it could take three months to repair landslips on the Great Ocean Road.

VicRoads closed the iconic road in mid January after heavy rain caused rock falls.

Four sections between Lorne and Skenes Creek still have single-land closures.

Workers will repair an earlier Mount Defiance landslip, west of Lorne, on Wednesday and Thursday.

VicRoads south-western region director Robin Miles said the Great Ocean Road’s foundation was safe.

“But as a result of debris and dirt from the landslips it has been important that we minimise impacts to motorists by closing one lane at some locations,” Mr Miles said.

“These works are just the start of the repairs to the Great Ocean Road, with all lanes expected to be re-opened to traffic in late April this year,” he said.

Colac and district authorities have admitted they need to communicate better in emergencies after last month’s Great Ocean Road closure.

Victoria Police, VicRoads, Surf Coast Shire Council, State Emergency Service and Country Fire Authority representatives met with coastal business operators at Lorne to discuss how they handled last month’s road closure.

Heavy rain in the district caused landslips on the Great Ocean Road in mid January, forcing VicRoads to close the road between

Skenes Creek and Lorne.

Four sections of the road remain partially closed.

Inspector Bruce Kitchen of Surf Coast Police Service Area said the agencies agreed they handled the Great Ocean Road emergency “extremely well”.

“However, we did identify we need to improve our communication lines in relation to where the road was actually cut off,” Mr Kitchen said.

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