SOME roads and tracks in Victoria’s forests and parks will be temporarily closed for winter and spring as part of an annual program.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Parks Victoria run the seasonal road closure program to ensure driver safety as well as protect forest and park roads from damage during the cooler months.
DELWP State Roads and Bridges Planning Manager Tony Dowler said some forest roads and tracks closed from late autumn, while more are closed from after the Queen’s Birthday weekend until just before Melbourne Cup weekend when the track surfaces are most likely to be damaged by vehicles.
“The early closures are necessary in some parts of the state because the roads and tracks in our parks and forests have the potential to become wet,” Mr Dowler said.
“The closures are important because our forest roads and tracks become much more difficult for drivers to use safely over this period.
“Some forest tracks would suffer significant damage if they were left open all year round so we assess them each year and then after consultation with stakeholders including Four Wheel Drive Victoria close any that require it.”
Parks Victoria General Manager Regional Services Chris Rose said: “Most of the roads and tracks are re-opened in early November, in time for the Melbourne Cup Weekend, ” Mr Rose said.
“As always we want anyone driving in our parks and forests to stay on the designated routes, take their rubbish home and take particular care with campfires.”
For those wanting to plan their trip go to the Public Access Map site in the visiting parks and forests section at www.delwp.vic.gov.au.
For maps of the early closures in parks check the “safety/closures and conditions” section at www.parks.vic.gov.au.