Department of State GrowthTransport

Highland Lakes Road – Miena to Haulage Hill

The State Government has allocated funds under the Roads for our Future program to continue road sealing work along Highland Lakes Road (Lake Secondary Road).

Why is the Department of State Growth doing work on this road?

The works will make travel safer, providing a consistent, all-weather road environment. Road maintenance costs will be reduced due to replacing a gravel road with a sealed road.  Sections of the upgraded road will remain at 80km/hr due to the winding nature of the road.

Section of road from Miena to Liawenee

These works will seal a long stretch of road along the western side of Great Lake, delivering safety and efficiency benefits.  The works will involve drainage improvement, pavement strengthening and sealing the unsealed section of road to provide two 3.0 metre wide lanes and a 0.5 metre wide sealed shoulder.

Stage 1 of sealing work was undertaken from September 2016 to May 2017.  Damage to the road occurred after this work and has led to the rapid deterioration of the sealed road surface.  The Department is working with the contractor to manage the site until permanent repairs can be completed during the summer construction period.  

Stage 2 of sealing works re-commenced in October 2017 and are expected to be completed by the end of February 2018.

Section of road from Liawenee to Haulage Hill

This work involves sealing the two remaining unsealed sections of the Highland Lakes Road and include drainage improvement, road strengthening and sealing the road to provide two 3.0 metre wide lanes.  These works include a 9.62 km section from Liawenee to Brandum Bay, and a 1.28 km section north of Warner Road to the Great Lakes Lookout.

The project is currently out to tender.  Construction is programmed to commence this summer construction season 2017/18 and following a winter recess will resume in summer 2018/19.  The road works will be undertaken over two summers due to the short construction season and changeable weather conditions in the Central Highlands.


All road works will be performed under an approved Traffic Management Plan by the contractor to ensure the least possible disruption to road users.  Reduced speed limits at the work site are necessary for the safety of workers and the travelling public, so please slow down, approach the works site with caution and follow all traffic control instructions.

Completed Works

These works are a continuation of the road sealing which has previously been undertaken on these sections of the Highland Lakes Road:

  • Breona - sealing works completed in 2012 to 2013.
  • Poatina Road junction to Shannon Lagoon  - sealing works completed in 2003 to 2005.

Contact Details

For further information about the project please contact the Project Manager, Allan Lee, on 6166 3419 or by email at:

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Updated Thursday, 9 November 2017