A month of commuter pain is here for drivers using the Surf Coast Highway, with the busy road set to be closed as duplication works ramp up.
The section of road in Grovedale will close between the level crossing and Baanip Boulevard from 9am Friday February 9 to 6am Thursday March 7.
The works are set to realign the road as the level crossing at Grovedale is removed.
Asphalting, kerb and median strip construction, guard rail and light pole installation, as well as trenching and installation of drainage infrastructure will also be happening over the next month.
The Department of Transport is warning motorists of large detours while the works are completed, which is set to add at least half an hour to your journey.
“Depending on where you’re going, Anglesea Road, Colac Road, Barwon Heads Road and Lower Duneed Road are all really good alternatives,” Andrew Crook for the Department of Transport said.
“Especially when travelling between Geelong and Torquay for example but also for local trips around Grovedale, we expect extra traffic on surrounding roads.”
On top of the delays around that area, commuters are also being warned of upcoming train disruptions.
“Coaches are replacing trains between Geelong, Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool until the last service on Sunday,” Mr Crook said.
“This is adding up to 40 minutes to the normal journey and if you’re travelling, be sure to check that temporary timetable.”
V/Line also confirmed more industrial action on the Geelong line from next week, as the bitter pay dispute between the Rail Union and V/Line headquarters continues.
There will be major morning disruptions across the V/Line train network on Monday 12, Friday 16, Monday 19 and Friday 23 February.
A very limited coach replacement service will run until 8am with major delays expected.