One of Victoria’s key tourism routes, extensively damaged by the state’s biggest landslip in 40 years, has opened for the first time in more than 6 months.
The Bogong High Plains Road opened under traffic control ahead of schedule in late April, following a mammoth effort that has seen crews work 7 days a week battling harsh conditions - including earth tremors and a one in 10-year rain event.
A collaborative response from Major Road Projects Victoria, geotechnical experts and local construction partner Whelans Group Investments, has restored timely access for local communities and businesses in the lead up to the winter season trade.
This 300-metre section of road is now open to a single lane of traffic with alternating flow, controlled by traffic signals and with a 40km/h speed limit.
The arrangement will be in place for the duration of this year’s winter snow season due to kick off following the King’s Birthday long weekend in June, as works continue to restore 2 lanes.
Priority is being given to peak traffic movements in the morning and afternoon, with minimal delays to motorists before 8am and after 4pm each day, when works are not taking place.
Over the past 6 months, a crew of workers has moved more than 75,000 cubic metres of loose material and cut into the hill to enable 1 lane access.
One of the state’s busiest tourism routes, the Bogong High Plains Road serves as a key connection between Victoria’s alpine region and tens of thousands of visitors each year, as well as an important link for communities in the state’s north-east.
Find out more about the Bogong High Plains Road Landslip project.