Tunnelling for the new 450m long stormwater drain along Gheringhap Street has now been completed, with the tunnel boring machine to be removed this week. The first maintenance shaft on Gheringhap Street, between Brougham and Smythe Streets, will be complete in mid-September. Works will then commence on the second maintenance shaft, between Smythe Street and Western Beach Road.
The new drain, to be built along Gheringhap Street to a new outfall into Corio Bay, will greatly reduce the frequency of flooding and the length of time surface flood waters impact the CBD, benefitting local businesses, residents, visitors and developers.
The major drain will be constructed using high-tech ‘micro-tunnelling’, a technique never before seen in Geelong. This method provides the greatest cost-benefit, shortest duration and the least amount of disruption to the local community. During the construction period, traffic management plans will be in place to minimise the impact on road, cycle and pedestrian users in the area.