THE Commonwealth government has confirmed it will speed up a massive upgrade of the Great Ocean Road by bringing forward $15 million to fix potholes and landslips.
Both the state and federal governments have pledged $25 million over five years but Canberra has announced it will deliver more than half its share this financial year alone to fast-track works.
The tasks that include resurfacing or new cliff barriers won’t begin until next year and VicRoads has ruled out causing disruptions over the peak tourist season.
“What this decision means is that works will start earlier than anticipated,” Wannon MP Dan Tehan said.
Mr Tehan said the government would “begin community consultations including the relevant local councils to ensure that it is very clear the areas that need to be addressed”.
The entire upgrade is expected to take five years.