Flood bypass management to be determined
ALPINE Shire Council expects to finalise details surrounding the activation of the Eurobin Flood Bypass early next year.
Works to upgrade a kilometrelong section of the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail to allow vehicles of up to 20 tonnes to use the path as an emergency bypass were completed earlier this month.
It means motorists will not be 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 final part of the project would determine the management of the bypass in an emergency.
“What we have to work out is who triggers the use of the bypass in a flood and how traffic management is undertaken, is it manned and by who or do we have traffic lights,” he said.
“Council is currently working with SES, Police and VicRoads about how it’s going to operate when there’s a flood.
“The entire project was budgeted for completion within this financial year and I would expect in the first quarter of next year we will have those final things nutted out.”
Mr Jeremy said it would have been interesting if water levels had risen further during the rain event of last Thursday and Friday.
“I was keeping an eye on the Ovens River levels at Eurobin, it stayed pretty low but was thinking if it continues, we could get our first test of the bypass,” he said.
“If that had of been the case, we probably would have had to put some temporary provisions in place.
“However, by the time we get another rain event that’s serious enough to need to use the bypass we’re confident we’ll have all the operational procedures and appropriate signage in place.”
Mr Jeremy said Stadelmann Enterprises completed the bypass on time in early December.
“The main thing was to complete the ground works before the upcoming holiday period because we didn’t want to have temporary works going on when a lot more cyclists were around,” he said.
“From what we understand the contractor did well to minimise the impact on the use of the trail.”
W AY THRO UG H:A section ofthe M urray to M ountains RailTrailwhich has recently been upgraded to allow m otorvehicle access during a flood.