Eurobin bypass making progress
THE design of the Eurobin flood bypass at Wobonga Lane has recently been completed.
Alpine Shire Council is funding half of the $365,000 upgrade a kilometre-long section of the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail so it can be used by vehicles of up to 20 tonnes as a single-lane flood emergency bypass.
The project will ensure motorists are not forced to take the lengthy detour via the Kiewa Valley and over Tawonga Gap when the Great Alpine Road floods at the Wobonga Lane intersection.
Alpine Shire Council director assets Will Jeremy said the opportunity to make an alternative route was considered following heavy inundation of the road during a storm event in October 2016.
“The rail trail at that point is higher (than the road) so it’s not suffering from the floods and remains open when the road is underwater,” he said.
“The upgrade is to improve the connection, so if we lose the Great Alpine Road due to flood- ing we can bring vehicles up onto the rail trail and bypass the section that is flooded and bring them back onto the Great Alpine Road.
“If we have a flooding event we don’t want to lose the main connection of traffic between Myrtleford and Bright so it’s a really good outcome for locals and visitors.”
Mr Jeremy said council has to further consider how traffic management will operate given the rail trail will only be wide enough for one way traffic, but noted it would be significantly quicker than current flood detours.
The design has been finalised and the project will be put to tender at August’s ordinary council meeting.
Minor works at the intersection of the Great Alpine Road and Wobonga Lane will take place between September and December but the majority of the works will be on the trail itself and no inconvenience to drivers.
“There will be traffic management (during the works) but it will be more around cyclists and using the rail trail than it is the Great Alpine Road,” Mr Jeremy said.
NO WAY THROUGH: Traffic was unable to continue on a section of the Great Alpine Road at Wobonga Lane in October 2016 when the highway was inundated with flood waters.