Great Alpine Road Upgrade

The Federal and State Governments have announced an upgrade of the Great Alpine Road from Bruthen in East Gippsland to Wangaratta in North Eastern Victoria.

Funding of $18 million has been allocated for ‘betterment’ or improvement works (not maintenance) on this important freight
and tourism route. $10 million will be invested on the section of road from Bruthen to just east of Mt Hotham, while $8 million
has been allocated to upgrade the route from east of Mt Hotham to Wangaratta.

Types of works
VicRoads is looking to identify improvement works that contribute to route safety, accessibility and reliability for all modes of transport, along with neighbourhood amenity and economic activity.

Examples of improvement works likely to be included are slow vehicle pull-over bays, intersection improvements, road widening and shoulder sealing, safety barriers, pavement restoration (not patching) and bridge improvements. Rest areas, shared off-road pathways and improved pedestrian facilities may also form part of the works.

Works priorities
In developing a list of priorities for improvement works along the Great Alpine Road, VicRoads will consider road usage patterns, crash data, feedback from stakeholders such as local municipalities, the freight, tourism and emergency services sectors, and input from the broader community.

Timeframes
The VicRoads Eastern and North Eastern Regions will work together to carry out planning for these works in the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 financial years.
Some construction will be started in late 2017, with the full program of upgrades to be completed by the end of the 2019- 2020 financial year.

Community participation
Throughout March to May 2017, VicRoads is seeking feedback from the community to identify issues of concern along this route. Input from the community will be used to compile a list of proposed works to be considered under the upgrade program.

Community feedback sessions are being held in:
• Bruthen Art & Information Centre – 3pm-8pm, 3 April
• Swifts Creek Community Centre – 3pm-8pm, 4 April
• Omeo Fire Station – 5pm-9pm, 5 April
• Star Hotel Bright – 3pm-8pm, 27 April
• East Gippsland Field Days, Bairnsdale Aerodrome – 28 & 29 April
• Myrtleford Neighbourhood House – 3pm-8pm, 2 May
• St Mary’s Hall Bairnsdale – 2pm-7pm, 3 May
• Wangaratta Library – 3pm-8pm, 10 May.

A second round of community consultation in mid-late 2017 will again canvas the community to ascertain its priorities for works identified during the initial community consultation stage.

More information
If you would like to have your say on issues along the Great Alpine Road or would like to be kept updated on the progress of this project, please email gippslandprojects@roads.vic.gov.au