Update - 17 September 2021

Water spilling from the West Barwon Reservoir has temporarily eased and construction crews are working to repair and re-open Birregurra-Forrest Road.  

What we are doing:

  • Sand bagging and pumping water away from the flooded section of Birregurra-Forrest Road.
  • Removing hazardous and dead trees from the road reserve, that are at risk of falling onto the road
  • Replacing the old culverts which have been in place for many years with new reinforced concrete culverts
  • Constructing 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
  • Installing 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
  • Asphalting and repairing the damaged section of road.

Once repairs are complete, we will continue to work with Barwon Water to monitor future spilling.

Excavator on a dirt road installing concrete pipes

We continue to work closely with Corangamite Catchment Management Authority, who are currently completing a flood plain assessment.

High rainfalls are expected over the coming months, and this could see Birregurra-Forrest Road closed intermittently. Our rectification plans should help get the road re-opened faster while localised flooding is persistent.

The local township remains open and ready for visitors (subject to current Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions) via the signed detour along Seven Bridges Road and Colac-Forrest Road (C154).

Access to the Forrest Mountain Bike Trailhead is available via the eastern end of Boundary Road.

We’ve heard community concerns about extra traffic on Seven Bridges Road and Yaugher Road. We’re working with Colac Otway Shire. To support safety for all road users and residents living along the detour route with a temporary reduced speed limit of 80km/h has been introduced along Seven Bridges Road. ‘Local traffic only’ signs have also been installed on Yaugher Road.

For the safety of all road users please allow extra time for your journey, drive to the conditions, and never enter floodwaters.

Water over Birregurra-Forrest Road, Forrest as at Thursday 22 July 2021

Water over Birregurra-Forrest Road, Forrest as at Thursday 22 July 2021

Water over Birregurra-Forrest Road, Forrest (July 2021)

What are we doing?

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 in September, as soon as conditions became suitable. 

We are working 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 work 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.

When will the road re-open?

Construction progress remains heavily weather dependent. We will work as quickly and safely as possible to re-open the road. 

If heavy rainfalls do occur while construction is underway it could delay progress. We will be watching how quickly water drains away from the area.

Traffic Impact

Local traffic will detour via Seven Bridges Road and Colac-Forrest Road. Please plan ahead as the detour will add approximately 10 minutes to your journey.

Yaugher Road is currently closed to through traffic. Please obey the ‘local traffic only’ signs for the safety of residents living and walking along this local road.

Freight traveling to Forrest from the Princes Highway should travel via Colac-Forrest Road (C154) from Colac. Birregurra-Forrest Road remains open to freight traveling to Barwon Downs from the Princes Highway. Please plan ahead, as the Colac-Forrest Road detour will add around 30 minutes to your journey.

While Birregurra-Forrest Road remains closed, we will monitor traffic surrounding the area and may adjust traffic management advice if required.

Real-time traffic conditions are available at 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?

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 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, and unrestrained livestock. 

Get in touch

Please contact us with any questions as we work to re-open Birregurra-Forrest Road.

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