WORK will begin on a landslip on the Great Ocean Road later this month.
Heavy rain and erosion caused closure of the road near Moonlight Head, east of Port Campbell in August.
VicRoads will build a gabion basket stone wall to repair the damage along with drainage improvements to ensure the structural integrity of the road.
VicRoads acting regional director Michael McCarthy said extensive drainage works were under way to help reduce the occurrence of future landslips, caused by a combination of heavy rain and natural erosion of the coastal environment.
“Work is scheduled to commence late October,” he said.
“The Great Ocean Road will remain open to traffic via a single lane managed by traffic signals, to ensure the safety of all motorists.”
Mr McCarthy thanked motorists for their patience and urged road users to plan their journey and allow for extra travel time as delays were expected.
“VicRoads reminds motorists to obey all roadwork signs and speed limits, and keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front,” he said.
The G21 Geelong Region Alliance has led a campaign to see increased government money spent on the iconic road and Alliance acting CEO David Finlayson said it was hoped the federal government’s commitment to spend $25 million over the next five years and a similar commitment from the state government would go some way to alleviate similar issues.
“We’re really thrilled the state and federal governments have seen the need to put funding in,” he said.
“Once works begin hopefully there will be fewer landslip occurrences and disruptions along the Great Ocean Road.”