Major stage of Ring Road project opens

Opening of new route in Victoria means truck drivers no longer need to stop at rail crossing on Angelsea Road

December 12, 2012

A major component of the Geelong Ring Road has been built and is now open to traffic, with the entire project on track to be completed by the middle of next year.

Victorian Transport Minister Terry Mulder says the opening of the Anglesea Road Interchange means truck drivers and motorists will no longer have to stop at the Geelong-Warrnambool rail crossing on Anglesea Road.

He says the new route, jointly funded by the Victoriana and federal governments, will improve safety and reduce travel times.

"The new interchange includes two roundabouts, access ramps and two bridges – one over the railway line and the other over the freeway," Mulder says.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says work is continuing on laying the new 5km road linking the interchange with the Princes Highway near Draytons Road.

"The Ring Road means the 14,000 motorists that use it every day can drive all the way from Melbourne to the Surf Coast without encountering a single traffic light," Albanese says.

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