Barwon Heads Road—never very bike friendly—will get a section of new shared path behind a safety barrier as part of a major upgrade to the road and railway overpass at Marshall.
The State Government will spend $318 million to duplicate four kilometres of Barwon Heads Road between Settlement Road and Reserve Road, doubling the existing two lanes to four, as well as planning for further duplication to Lower Duneed Road.
It will also build a new bridge to raise Barwon Heads Road where it crosses the train line north of Marshall Station.
Barwon Heads Road is a major link to the coast and is a direct route for those on bikes. However the volume and speed of traffic makes it uncomfortable for riders.
The upgrade only covers a limited section of the route, but it will be welcome.
As well as the separated path, new street lighting, road signage and landscaping will be installed.
Intersections will be upgraded at Settlement Road and Breakwater Road, and new intersections will be built at Crows, Barwarre, Tannery and Reserve Roads.
Planning and pre-construction work gets underway in 2019, with major works starting in 2020, with the project to be finished by 2023.
Premier Daniel Andrews said: “Anyone who uses Barwon Heads Road will know how badly this massive upgrade is needed. This will make a real difference to local families."