George Bass Drive road realignment

Project: Upgrading George Bass Drive between Surf Beach and Lilli Pilli to improve road safety

Funding: $3.8 million from the Commonwealth Government

Timeframe: Construction is expected to begin in March 2021 and take six months to complete.

Last updated: April 2021


George Bass Drive links the Batemans Bay area to coastal suburbs to the south and on to Moruya Airport. The critical regional transport route is experiencing significant growth in traffic due to increasing local development and higher visitor numbers.

The tight bends on George Bass Drive in Lilli Pilli have a poor history of road crashes. The road realignment project involves straightening the road by removing the bends between Grandfathers Gully Road and Denise Drive to avoid further road-related trauma.

The upgrade will significantly improve line of sight for drivers and provide protected right-turn intersections to Grandfathers Gully Road and Denise Drive. Other road safety improvements include widened lanes, centreline treatments and shoulders, lighting, delineation and protective fencing.

The project involves major earthworks and material from the site will be re-used to prepare for broader road safety improvements along the route to Malua Bay and the Guerilla Bay intersection.

George Bass Drive will be closed to through traffic for a period of the works. Diversions will be in place via Link Road, Ridge Road and Tallgums Way. Relevant information regarding changes to traffic flow during the project will be communicated to residents, bus companies and other road users throughout the project.

The new road alignment and road formation will provide for vastly improved safety and capacity to meet current and future traffic volumes. The upgrade of the major distributor road is a key project in Council’s Road Safety Plan 2019-22.

An aerial image shows a cleared strip through forest creating a straight line where the road will be positioned to remove the tight bends


Latest news

April 2021

  • Work crews are starting preliminary works along George Bass Drive near Grandfathers Gully Road.
  • Work involves removing trees, installing pipework, relocating services and building access roads.
  • Traffic control will be in place and commuters should allow extra time to travel through the area.

February 2021

  • Our design team are working with engineers and construction staff to get this project shovel ready.

More info

For more information about the George Bass Drive road realignment project, please contact our Senior Projects Engineer, George Workman: