$2 million makeover for San Remo’s Shetland Heights Road

Bass Coast Shire Council is pleased to announce that long-awaited works connecting greater San Remo to the township of San Remo, via improvements to Shetland Heights Road, will begin in February.

The $1.85 million project includes the installation of new pavement and sealing of the road, a new concrete footpath, installation of kerb and channel at selected locations, plus associated drainage.

Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Councillor Michael Whelan said:

“The upgrade works to Shetland Heights Road have been a long time coming, so we’re very excited for these to kick off as we start 2023. Linking all of San Remo will provide huge benefits to the community by increasing access to our town and each other, boosting our economy and rebuilding connections.

“We’re also looking forward to the new road attracting people back to San Remo, as we continue to welcome visitors to our beautiful region. Thanks to the federal government for funding the project, to rebuild post-pandemic.”

The Shetland Heights Road Upgrade project is made possible thanks to the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program. This program supports local councils to deliver priority local road and community infrastructure projects across Australia, supporting jobs and the resilience of local economies to help communities bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Council advises the community that the first stage starts with roadworks on Shetland Heights Road unsealed section between Penniwells Drive (east) and Potters Hill Road in early-February 2023.

Council has appointed SR Excavations Pty Ltd after a competitive open tender process. The total project cost is in the order of $1.99 million which is jointly funded by the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program – Phase 3 ($1.847 million), which aims to assist community led recovery from COVID-19 by supporting local jobs, firms, and procurement and Council’s adopted Capital works road renewal program 2022/23.

This project is about to start on 6 February 2023 and is expected to be completed early June 2023, subject to favourable weather, contractor availability and material supply.

The aim of this project is important in ensuring the urban road network is safe and sustainable for the community into the future and appropriate levels of service are maintained. These works will include road pavement widening, driveway crossover works, asphalt sealing, underground stormwater drainage, speed humps, line marking and signage, kerb and footpath construction.

Council advises the community to expect significant changed traffic conditions including full road closure and detours will be in place for the duration of the project. Stage 1 will be undertaken from early February to late March 2023. A full road closure will be in place between Shetland Heights Road from Potters Hill Road to Small Court.

Stage 2 will be undertaken from early April to mid-May 2023. A full road closure will be in place between Shetland Heights Road from Penniwells Drive (east) to Small Court. No through traffic will be allowed from mid-February until the completion of the works in early June. During the closure all through traffic will be detoured via Phillip Island Road. We encourage road and pedestrian users to allow enough time, seek alternate routes, and avoid the construction area during these times. Local and emergency access will always be maintained.

Council appreciates that these works may present an inconvenience and we ask for your patience during these times. Our contractor will make every effort to minimise disruptions to motorists, school, residents, and businesses. The community, residents, businesses, and other stakeholders will be kept up to date with the project via Council’s website, QR code on the project sign and letter box drops or mail outs, where appropriate.

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