WORK has begun to widen the dangerous Foxhow Road north of Camperdown, which is a popular “short cut” between Warrnambool and Melbourne.
Corangamite mayor Chris O’Connor welcomed the upgrade, but said more narrow sections of the road needed to be widened.
Cr O’Connor said that even when the project was completed, motorists would still face problems on other narrow sections from stones thrown up by passing traffic.
The north-eastern section of the road runs on a narrow strip of land between lakes Gnarpurt and Corangamite and is sometimes covered by wind-blown sediment from the two lakes when water levels are low.
The road tapers to a single lane in sections and is not designed for heavy traffic.
Motorists have to drive off the road on the narrow sections to make way for trucks.
VicRoads south-west director William Tieppo said the work on the road would include realigning and widening a 1.2-kilometre section of the road from the bridge over Gnarkeet Chain of Ponds Creek to south of Collins Lane.
That section is at the northern end of the section of Foxhow Road that runs between the two lakes.
Mr Tieppo said the work would include improvements to the Collins Lane and Robertson Street intersection near Foxhow Road and some widening and realignment of Robertson Street.
Mr Tieppo said because the roadwork would be close to Lake Gnarpurt and Lake Corangamite and a number of cultural heritage sites, VicRoads had undertaken extensive studies and designs to ensure that environmental and cultural values were protected and retained.
The work is expected to be completed in late 2013, but that timeline is dependent on favourable weather.
The VicRoads-managed road links traffic between the Princes Highway at Camperdown and Berrybank on the Hamilton Highway. Most motorists turn off the road to access the highway nearer Cressy.
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