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Defence Road reopens following major road upgrade

Tuesday 7 August, 2018

Point Nepean National Park access restored.

Defence Road in Point Nepean National Park has re-opened this week following a nine-week closure for essential road repairs as part of the State Government’s commitment towards activating the Point Nepean Master Plan.

Defence Road is the main access road into the park and connects the Quarantine Station and Fort Nepean for vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians and the shuttle bus.

The works included reconstruction of a 3.6km section of road from Danson Drive to Fort Nepean, as well as associated drainage works, vegetation trimming and widening of the section of road on approach to Gunners Cottage.

The Point Nepean Shuttle Bus has resumed its normal daily services and visitor access has reopened to key nodes and experiences such as Gunners Cottage, Cheviot Hill, the Range Area, Fort Pearce and Fort Nepean.

The upgraded road will have a seal applied as part of a final stage of works planned for late spring. The application of a spray seal treatment requires warmer weather to allow to cure properly and will give the road a smooth and durable finish once completed.

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Quotes attributable to Parks Victoria District Manager, South East Melbourne, Ms Libby Jude:

“The road foundations have been upgraded and strengthened to help future-proof the park and improve overall access for its growing visitation”.

“Visitors may notice some patches on the road, however, once the final spray seal is applied in the coming warmer months, visitors will enjoy smoother road conditions consistent with the rest of the park”.


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