Update - 15 October 2021

Flood repairs are now complete on Birregurra-Forrest Road, following the roads closure in July.

We have:

  • Sand bagged and pumped water away from the flooded section of Birregurra-Forrest Road
  • Removed hazardous and dead trees from the road reserve, that were at risk of falling onto the road
  • Replaced the old culverts, which had been in place for many years, with new reinforced concrete culverts
  • Constructed stronger concrete ‘end walls’ at the ends of the new culverts, to reduce the impact of roadside erosion and boost the integrity of the road shoulders when conditions are specially wet
  • Installed guardrails at the side of the road to support roadside safety and alert drivers to the edge of the road during periods of localised flooding
  • Rebuilt the road 400mm higher than it was before the flood damage occurred.

new road with safety rail

We will continue to work with Barwon Water and Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA) to monitor rainfalls and localised flooding. 

High rainfalls are still predicted over the coming months, and this could see Birregurra-Forrest Road closed intermittently. Our maintenance crews will continue to monitor the road, and our rectification works should help get the road re-opened faster. 

For the safety of all road users please drive to the conditions, and never enter floodwaters.

Background

Birregurra-Forrest Road was closed between Yaugher Road and Colac-Forrest Road in late July due to flood waters impacting the road.

Remediation works started mid-September, as soon as conditions became suitable, and were completed over four weeks. 

Works were paused briefly in early October following significant rainfalls and the return of localised flooding at the side of the road, which made it unsafe for heavy machinery to operate in the area. These wet conditions at the side of the road provided our crews with an opportunity to monitor how the water drained away from the road before completing the project.

We continue to work with Barwon Water, Corangamite Catchment Management Authority and Colac Otway Shire to monitor traffic and localised flooding. We thank the local community and people travelling through the area for their patience while we worked to re-open the road.

Learn more about the spilling of the West Barwon Reservoir via the Barwon Water website.

Learn more about Upper Barwon River Health Improvement Works via the CCMA website. You can also subscribe to receive updates on longer term river health plans.

Traffic Impact

High rainfalls are predicted in the Otways over the coming months, which could see arterial and local roads closed intermittently for the safety of road users. 

For real-time traffic conditions please visit  VicTraffic or via the VicTraffic mobile app.

If you see any problems on our roads, please report them to our Traffic Management Centre on 13 11 70 (open 24/7). In an emergency call Triple Zero (000).

What should I expect when travelling around flooded roads or roads prone to landslip?

It is important that people obey safety signage, and do not move blockades or enter floodwaters as there could be structural damage to the road that can’t be seen. 

When floodwaters and high rainfalls recede, there are still hazards on or near the road, even when there doesn’t appear to be too much water over the top of the road. Hazards may include unstable trees, fallen trees, fences, powerlines and branches, unrestrained livestock or roadside erosion and unstable ground. 

Get in touch

Please contact us with any questions regarding the rectification works completed on Birregurra-Forrest Road.

Email: regionalwest.communications@roads.vic.gov.au