Gippslanders are being encouraged to have a say on proposed traffic and safety improvements along the Great Alpine Road – and they can have their opinion heard without leaving home.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is encouraging regular users of the road between Bruthen and Wangaratta to use an online interactive map to pinpoint problem spots along the road.
“Road users can drop a pin on the map and then add a comment, whether positive or negative, about their experience travelling along the Great Alpine Road at that location and explain what could be improved,” Mr Chester said.
“All of the comments will help VicRoads to identify trouble spots and prioritise the work to be done.
“This might include work that improves safety, accessibility or reliability. It could involve widening the road, sealing the shoulders, installing safety barriers or improving drainage in areas with a high risk of flooding.”
The Federal Government has allocated $10 million to improvements along the road between Bruthen to just east of Mount Hotham. The Victorian Government will fund the improvements along the remainder of the road to Wangaratta.
“The Great Alpine Road is an important route over the Great Dividing Range connecting Gippsland to Victoria’s north-east. It’s a vital for our tourism, freight, timber and agriculture industries and will make this area more attractive for visitors and new industries,” Mr Chester said.
Comments on the interactive map can be made until midnight on June 13. It can be found at https://engage.vicroads.vic.gov.au/greatalpineroad.
Work is due to begin late this year when the consultation period is over.
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester checks out VicRoads online interactive map to encourage more locals to have input into proposed traffic and safety improvements along the Great Alpine Road.