Council secures grant to create Myrtleford-Bright flood bypass

Council secures grant to create Myrtleford-Bright flood bypass

Alpine Shire Council has secured a joint Commonwealth-State Government grant to create an emergency flood bypass on a section of road between Myrtleford and Bright.

The $182,500 Natural Disaster Resilience Grant (NDRG) will be used to upgrade a 976 metre section of the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail to a single-lane bypass suitable for carrying vehicles up to a 20 tonne gross mass.

“The upgrade will provide safe, alternative vehicle access between Myrtleford and Bright if the Great Alpine Road is closed due to flooding, like it was in October 2016,” said Alpine Shire Council Mayor Ron Janas.

“It will mean drivers won’t need to travel an additional 52km via the Kiewa Valley and Tawonga Gap due to a closure, or be tempted to risk their lives by crossing the floodwaters. Importantly, the upgrade will be suitable for emergency and service vehicles allowing them to maintain access between the two towns.”

Past floods in the vicinity have typically resulted in a closure period of between 48 to 72 hours on the Great Alpine Road. The adjacent rail trail has not been known to be affected by flooding as it sits at an elevated level.

The project will cost an estimated $365,000, funded in equal parts by the NDRG grant and Alpine Shire Council.

The upgrade of the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail would involve widening the trail, improvements to stormwater culverts, upgrades to the driveway connecting the Great Alpine Road to the rail trail, and signage.

Works are expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

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