Update - March 2019

Works to upgrade the Great Alpine Road are well underway with a number of works already complete. More projects are currently planned for completion by early 2020. 

On Monday 1 April 2019, we’ll start construction to improve safety, reliability and freight efficiency at Bullocky Creek.

To help drivers stay in their lane and reduce the risk of head-on and run-off-road crashes, we’ll be:

  • Widening lanes and constructing shoulders
  • Improving line marking
  • Reducing curves to increase line of sight.

Traffic impacts

Crews are anticipated to be on site from 6am - 6pm Monday to Saturday. To allow this work to occur, particularly within such a narrow space, traffic will be reduced to one lane with temporary speeds of 40km/h and signalised traffic lights in place to safely guide drivers through the worksite. 

For the safety of workers and drivers, 24/7 traffic management will be in place throughout construction. 

Completed works: 

  • Linemarking, including yellow fog lines, and installing guide-posts to improve lane visibility Between Mount Hotham Airport & Omeo
  • Construction and sealing the shoulder of the road for two 4km stretches between  Bruthen and Ensay, and Swifts Creek and Omeo
  • Constructing and sealing the shoulder of the road for 7km between Swifts Creek and Omeo. 

Planned works:

  • Improving the Great Alpine Road at Namestone Point by:
    • Widening of the traffic lane width
    • Construction and sealing the shoulder of the road
    • Earthworks to reduce curves and improve sight distance
    • Constructing and sealing of emergency pull over bays between Bruthen and Omeo
  • Improving line marking at high risk locations between Bruthen to Cobungra to reduce the risk of head-on collisions. 

The entire project is expected to be completed by mid-2021. 

Overview

The Great Alpine Road is an important route for agriculture, timber, snow and tourism industries. It is considered to be one of the two “Great” tourist routes in Victoria. The Great Alpine Road is also a vital link for locals, connecting the rural cities of Wangaratta and Bairnsdale, and serves as a principle access route to communities in the Tambo Valley. 

This stretch of road, which has narrow lane and many tight bends, has numerous line of sight issues and significant drop offs.

In the five year period between 2013 and 2018, there were 159 crashes on the Great Alpine Road between Bruthen and Cobungra, resulting in 58 serious injuries and six people tragically losing their lives. 

Details

We’re investing $10 million to upgrade the Great Alpine Road between Bruthen to Cobungra, including: 

  • completing 500 metres of road widening at Bullocky Creek and another 400 metres between Hell’s Gate and Namestone Point including earthworks to reduce curves and improve sight distance
  • constructing and sealing shoulders of the road including high risk curves between Bruthen and Omeo
  • Improving signage across the project length 
  • Improving line marking, including installing yellow fog lines and guide post installation between Mount Hotham Airport and Omeo
  • sealing two emergency pull over bays. 

Benefits

Upgrades will improve safety, accessibility, efficiency and reliability along the Great Alpine Road between Bruthen and Cobungra.

Map of Great Alpine Road showing Safeety, efficiency and reliability upgrades

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Have a say

We recently sought community feedback on the previously completed works along the Great Alpine Road between Bruthen and Cobungra via an online survey.  

Your feedback will be used to gauge the success of the initiatives to improve safety, reliability and freight efficiency, and to guide future works undertaken as part of this package.

Get in touch

Email: gippslandprojects@roads.vic.gov.au 
Write: Regional Roads Victoria - Eastern Region, 120 Kay Street, Traralgon