To undertake a range of rock descaling on the cliff above Cumberland River (7 km west of Lorne), we have recently built a protection wall with 34 shipping containers, each filled with water to make it incredibly strong.
The container wall is 102 metres long and two containers high, and will enable our rock crews to work safely while visitors continue to enjoy the Great Ocean Road.
Geotechnical experts will be abseilling across this section of cliff to inspect the rock formations and stabilise the cliff.
This is the first time shipping containers have been used on the tourist road as part of geotechnical stabilisation works.
It’s just one of the innovations adopted by Regional Roads Victoria to protect the Great Ocean Road. Another was the use of modern technology by flying drones along the cliff-hugging road. This initiative identified that specialist rock removal would be required at this site.
The shipping-container wall has enabled two lanes of the iconic coastal tourist road to remain open during the peak summer holiday season.