Mansfield Courier

Landslip prevention works resume in Alpine region

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LANDSLIP prevention works are resuming in the Alpine region, with the intention of providing a safer and more reliable journey for thousands of travellers each year, especially following numerous earthquake­s in the area recently.

Earlier this year, crews repaired or replaced more than 60 culverts across the Great Alpine, Mount Buller, Bogong High Plains and Bright-Tawonga roads.

These works paused over winter, but as the weather warms up, further essential maintenanc­e and road reconstruc­tion will be undertaken to reduce the risk of dangerous landslips in the region,.

On the Great Alpine Road and Mount Buller Road, crews will be working at four sites to excavate the lower side of the road, rebuild it with reinforced materials, and improve the drainage infrastruc­ture.

Culvert works, road realignmen­t and drainage improvemen­t works will also take place at two locations on Bogong High Plains Road.

“We are returning to Victoria’s North East Alpine region to complete vital maintenanc­e works that will help reduce the risk of dangerous landslips throughout the region - this will improve safety and accessibil­ity for motorists across the region,” said Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll.

“This investment not only improves safety on key tourist roads but also creates jobs on the ground near our Alpine resorts and surroundin­g areas which have been hit hard by the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The works are part of the State Government’s $124 million Building Works package, with $32.8 million going to prevent landslips on key tourist routes and support local jobs across the state.

“This important landslip prevention work will help safeguard these roads and prevent future landslips from disrupting access to the High Country for tourists and local communitie­s alike,” Jaclyn Symes (MLC, Northern Victoria) said.

“Coming out of the pandemic, Victoria’s Alpine region will once again be a massive drawcard for tourists, playing a vital part in our economy - it’s essential that its road network remains safe and reliable.”

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