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Gheringhap Street Drain Upgrade Project Update – 1 April 2019

Works are well underway; the high-tech micro-tunnelling equipment has arrived at the Mercer Street end of Gheringhap Street and tunnelling will commence this week. A section of the foreshore footpath near the skate park will be closed whilst the new stormwater drain outfall is constructed. During this time pedestrians will be diverted around Western Foreshore Rd and through the car park in front of the Boat Shed.
The new 450m long 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.