A $10 million project to improve safety and accessibility along the Great Alpine Road between Bruthen and Cobungra is nearly finished, little more than two years since funding was announced.
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said work on the project began at Tambo Crossing soon after government funding was secured in October 2017.
“These roads works are designed to boost safety for locals who know the road well, as well as visitors who may be travelling along it for the first time,” Mr Chester said.
“We now have three slow vehicles lanes between Bruthen and Omeo, as well as two bays north of Omeo where motorists can fit chains during winter or make an emergency stop.
“New shoulders have been built and surfacing work has been completed along several sections of the road between Bruthen and Ensay and between Swifts Creek and Omeo.
“The road has been widened at Bullocky Creek and between Hell’s Gate and Namestone Point to reduce the risk of vehicles running off the road or colliding head-on with another vehicle. The road surface at Namestone Point still needs to be re-sealed, which is due to be done early next year.
“Drivers and riders had been forced to negotiate a number of dangerous curves between Bruthen and Ensay. Those curves have been made safer.
“New fog lines have also been painted from Omeo to Mount Hotham Airport to improve visibility for drivers during bad weather, and the intersection at Victoria Falls Road has been modified.
“These works are critical to communities in the Tambo Valley such as Omeo, Benambra, Ensay and Swifts Creek, as well as tourists and freight operators travelling through the Victorian Alps to Victoria’s north-east and further north towards Sydney.
“As visitor numbers to Omeo Valley climb, including from people coming here to experience the mountain bike trails to be built near Omeo, this investment in the Great Alpine Road will boost local jobs and road safety.”
The $10 million upgrade also includes earthworks to reduce curves and improve sight distance, and sealing of slow vehicle pullover areas and ambulance bays at six locations.
The Federal and State government are jointly funding the Great Alpine Road improvements between Cobungra and Bruthen.