Regional Roads Victoria’s (RRV) Regional Director (North Eastern), Steve Bowmaker said the massive task of reopening 520 kilometres of bushfire-impacted arterial roads is now complete.

“We’ve just reopened the final 25 kilometres of Benambra-Corryong Road near Nariel Valley, a task that was impacted by several landslides that tore through the area in the months following the fires.

“A huge concerted effort has gone into getting these roads reopened, so our communities can access their homes, schools and workplaces.

“I would like to extend a sincere thanks to all of the employees, agencies, contractors and technical specialists involved, as well as our communities for their ongoing patience throughout the recovery process,” Mr Bowmaker said.

Hundreds of kilometres of fire-affected roads in north east Victoria have been reopened in recent months thanks to a joint effort between RRV, Towong Shire Council, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Forest Fire Management, Victoria Police, Parks Victoria, VicForests and the Australian Defence Force.

The bushfire recovery response saw more than 250 road signs repaired or replaced, 3,795 guideposts replaced and 20 kilometres of tree trimming or removal along arterial roads in north east Victoria.

RRV’s North Eastern Region also joined forces with Towong Shire Council to repair and reopen 67 council-managed roads that were affected by bushfires.

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