Foxground and Berry bypass
The Foxground and Berry bypass is under construction. It will provide a four-lane highway (two lanes in each direction) with median separation for 12.5 kilometres of the Princes Highway between Toolijooa Road to just south of Andersons Lane.
The upgrade includes a bypass of the existing winding highway at Foxground and a bypass of Berry with access ramps at the north and south of the town.
The bypass is expected to be open to traffic in mid 2018, weather permitting.
Changed traffic conditions on the Princes Highway north of Berry
Work on the Foxground and Berry bypass is progressing well with a two kilometre section of new highway and the highway on ramp north of Berry ready for the next traffic change.
Motorists can now travel on the new highway between Gembrook Lane and north of Berry, which is a 1.5 kilometre section of new road. In the coming weeks, motorists will be able to travel on another half kilometre on the new ramp under the bridge at Berry.
In preparation for the traffic change, construction work will take place during standard working hours. However, to minimise the impact on traffic and ensure the safety of workers and motorists, some night work is planned between 6pm and 7am for up to five nights before this traffic change occurs.
Controlled blasting - Toolijooa Ridge and near Austral Park Road
As part of the bypass project, controlled blasting is required to break up hard rock that is unable to be broken up efficiently by machinery.
Controlled blasting at Tindalls Lane is now complete. The remaining blasts at Toolijooa Ridge and near Austral Park Road are expected to be complete by late 2016, weather permitting.
The next controlled blast at Toolijooa Ridge is to be confirmed.
Traffic control and signage will be in place on the Princes Highway, local roads and around the blasting areas. To ensure the safety of road users travelling on these roads, traffic will be stopped for each blast and delays of up to 10 minutes may be experienced.
Restricted access will be in place around the worksites and nearby residents will be notified before each blast. Advanced notice of each controlled blast will be shown here on the project website and on electronic message boards along the Princes Highway.
For more information, view the controlled blasting factsheet.
Changes on Woodhill Mountain Road near the bridge at Berry
A 4.8 metre high clearance is in place for all motorists using Woodhill Mountain Road due to the bridge at Berry now crossing over the road.
Out of hours work
The following work is planned to occur outside of standard works hours:
- Out of hours work is planned to occur north of Gembrook Lane from Tuesday 17 May to Thursday 19 May 2016, weather permitting. During this period, some preparation work will take place outside of standard working hours. For more information see the out of hours notification.
- Out of hours work is planned to occur to install the remaining Super-T girders on the bridge at Berry from Monday 16 May to Friday 3 June 2016. During this period, some work will take place outside of standard working hours. For more information see the out of hours notification.
Project working hours
The project's approved working hours are Monday to Friday from 7am until 6pm and Saturdays from 8am until 1pm.
Within the road boundaries between Toolijooa Road and Tindalls Lane low noise work is also allowed from 6am until 7pm Monday to Friday and 8am until 5pm Saturdays.
See the project's Environmental Protection Licence.