Background

Supporting a growing community, the Surfcoast Highway connects people to their jobs, students to their schools, businesses to their customers and visitors to nationally significant tourist destinations including the Great Ocean Road.  

Surf Coast Shire’s population of just over 32,000 is expected to swell to over 45,000 by 2036 with an estimated 70% of the population residing in the township of Torquay-Jan Juc. Similarly, Armstrong Creek is the key urban extension to Greater Geelong and will accommodate major population expansion for the next 20 plus years. 

The Planning Study

The Victorian Government has committed $1.575 million to complete an Improvement Study for the Surfcoast Highway Corridor. 

The project will focus on a 7.4km length of Surfcoast Highway between Settlement Road in the north to Mount Duneed Road in the south.  

Surfcoast Highway Improvement Study map

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Our objective is to plan for potential upgrades of the Surfcoast Highway to cater for future growth. We will prepare a business case with short, medium and long-term options for consideration. We are currently in the planning phase—please note there is no funding for construction at this stage.

We will also be conducting a range of technical studies. This includes traffic modelling, planning studies, environmental investigations and social studies.

Community engagement

It’s important that our communities are involved in helping shape the future of our transport systems. We want to make sure our plans reflect community needs. 
There will be multiple opportunities to have your say.

In September 2022, we asked the community how they use the Surfcoast Highway, what problems they experience, and whether there are opportunities for improvement.

Thank you to everyone who provided their feedback. We will combine this information with our technical investigations, such as engineering, environmental, cultural heritage, traffic modelling and land use.

Visit the Surfcoast Highway Planning Engage Victoria web page.

Frequently asked questions

  • Why is Regional Roads Victoria doing a study?

    The Surfcoast Highway is a regionally significant road. Supporting a growing community, the Surfcoast Highway connects people to their jobs, students to their schools, businesses to their customers and visitors to a number of beautiful tourist destinations.

    Surf Coast Shire’s population of just over 32,000 is expected to swell to over 45,000 by 2036 with an estimated 70% of the population residing in the township of Torquay-Jan Juc. Similarly, Armstrong Creek is the key urban extension to Greater Geelong and will accommodate major population expansion for the next 20 plus years.

    The Victorian Government has committed $1.575 million to complete an Improvement Study for the Surfcoast Highway Corridor.

    The project will focus on a 7.4km length of Surfcoast Highway between Settlement Road in the north to Mount Duneed Road in the south.

  • What will this mean at the end of the study?

    Our objective is to plan for potential upgrades of the Surfcoast Highway to cater for future growth. We will prepare a business case with short, medium and long-term options for consideration. 

    We will also be conducting a range of technical studies. This includes traffic modelling, planning studies, environmental investigations and social studies.

    We are currently in the planning phase—please note there is no funding for construction at this stage.

  • What other studies will you do?

    We are conducting a range of technical studies, including engineering, environmental, cultural heritage, traffic modelling and land use. We also assess crash and near miss data collected by Victoria Police, local councils and reported by the community in order to select priority areas for safety improvements.

  • There is a lot of change occurring on Surfcoast Highway already. How will this be considered?
    Regional Roads Victoria has identified significant land use changes and projects that interface with the Surfcoast Highway and are working with the various project teams and local government.
  • How will you decide what goes in the business case?
    Our technical information will be combined with your feedback to help us make recommendations for future potential upgrades of the road.
  • What will you build?
    We are currently in the planning phase—please note there is no funding for construction at this stage.
  • What about other roads in the area?

    This project will focus on a 7.4km length of the Surfcoast Highway between Settlement Road in the north to Mount Duneed Road in the south.

    We are aware of community concerns about other local roads, including roads that feed onto the Surfcoast Highway. We are working closely with the City of Greater Geelong and Surf Coast Shire to understand their plans for upgrades or maintenance on roads managed by them.

  • How does this fit in the government’s plan for improving public transport?
    The study will consider all modes including public transport and active transport modes such as walking and cycling. We will collaborate with current transport projects such as the Geelong Line Upgrade and Bellarine Link planning to ensure integrated solutions are developed.
  • What other transport projects are being planned and built in the area

    Surfcoast Highway/Reserve Road/Felix Street intersection safety upgrade, Grovedale The intersection will be upgraded with new traffic signals, making it safer for vehicles turning right out of the side roads, and for pedestrians crossing the road.

    Surfcoast Highway Level Crossing Removal The dangerous and congested level crossing at Surfcoast Highway is being removed as part of the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication.

    Geelong Line Upgrade The Victorian and Australian governments are investing in a series of significant, staged upgrades along the length of the Geelong Line to enable faster, more frequent and reliable services for Victoria’s fastest-growing regional city.

  • Why are you engaging us?

    It’s important our communities are involved in helping shape the future of our transport systems. At Regional Roads Victoria, we’re committed to listening to you and what you prioritise for transport infrastructure in your community.

    We faithfully acknowledge it is crucial we identify upgrades which provide a good technical solution, but also a good solution for the community.

Get in touch

Email: [email protected]
Call:   133 778