Update and Traffic Impact

Works to address sites where a landslip risk was identified as well as works to mitigate the risk of future landslips are currently underway on: 

  • Great Alpine Road, Porepunkah to Hotham Heights
  • Bogong High Plains Road, Tawonga to Falls Creek
  • Mount Buller Road, Mirimbah Mount Buller
  • Mount Stirling Road, Mirimbah Mount Stirling

These works will cause delays.  Speeds will be reduced and traffic management in place with lane closures as needed. Be sure to plan ahead and allow extra time.

Within the Alpine environment, there is a limited construction period.  It is anticipated that works will be on-going until the end of June and will recommence at the beginning of September, weather dependent.  

Works currently underway - April 2021

The below table will be regularly updated as construction dates are confirmed.  This could increase the number of sections on each of these roads with works occurring as well as the cumulative travel impact.  

Location What we are doing Number of sites/sections of road
per day with works occurring 
Traffic conditions  Expected delay   
Great Alpine Road, Harrietville to Hotham Heights  20 culvert repairs  3 - 4 Contraflow traffic at each site.
This will only be in place whilst crews are undertaking works at each of the sites.
Approximately 5 minutes per site. Allow up-to an additional 15 minutes for your journey.  
Bogong High Plains Road, Tawonga to Falls Creek  20 culvert repairs   4 - 5 Contraflow traffic at each site.
This will only be in place whilst crews are undertaking works at each of the sites. 
Approximately 5 minutes per site. Allow up-to an additional 25 minutes for your journey.   
Mount Buller Road, Mirimbah to Mount Buller 7 culvert repairs  1 - 2  Contraflow traffic at each site.
This will only be in place whilst crews are undertaking works at each of the sites. 
Approximately 5 minutes per site. Allow up-to an additional 10 minutes for your journey.   
Mount Stirling Road, Mirimbah to Mount Stirling  20 culvert repairs and replacements
1 landslip site
 
 
2 - 3  Contraflow traffic at each culvert site. This
will only be in place whilst crews are undertaking
works at each of the sites. At the landslip site
there will be concrete barriers in place and contraflow traffic for the whole duration of the works period 
Approximately 5 minutes per site.  Allow up-to an additional 15 minutes for your journey.   

What we are doing

We’re improving safety on Alpine Roads with works designed to help prevent landslips on key tourist routes.

Drainage infrastructure and culvert renewal and replacement

Drainage and culverts are an essential part of road infrastructure, transferring water flow under the road.  Blocked, damaged or misaligned drains and culverts can contribute to erosion of the surrounding environment and cause landslips.

To mitigate this risk, we will be clearing table drains replacing more than 70 culverts across the Alpine areas.

Hume culvert pics

Culvert repairs and replacements on the Great Alpine Road. Each culvert takes approximately a week to replace.  Between March – June, we will have up-to 4 crews undertaking works on culverts at various sites along the Great Alpine Road 

Landslip sites and prevention works

A roadside geotechnical hazard is defined as a landslide (the movement of a mass of rock, debris or soil down a slope) or erosion (the loss of soil by the action of water).Geotechnical hazards are identified through regular inspection program undertaken by trained geotechnical engineers.

We will be undertaking works to address issues where a landslip risk has been identified.  These works will include reconstruction of the road edge, retaining walls, road realignments and earthworks.

Benefits

There works will improve safety for all road users, prevent future landslips and benefit communities and tourists who rely on arterial road access being open for business all-year round.

The works are re all part of the Victorian Government’s Building Works economic stimulus package, which is investing $124 million to fix more roads and help communities get back on their feet as part of its economic response to the coronavirus pandemic.

This investment is expected to create direct jobs for construction workers, engineers, maintenance workers, administration staff and many others - while also pumping extra dollars back into the local economy, in sectors such as accommodation and hospitality which in-directly support workers.

Get in touch

Email:  ner.enquiries@roads.vic.gov.au