Eurobin by­pass mak­ing progress

Myrtleford Times - - Front Page - BY TATE SPI­TERI

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.

PHOTO: Justin Jen­vey

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.

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