Flood by­pass man­age­ment to be de­ter­mined

Myrtleford Times - - News - By JUSTIN JEN VEY

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.

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