Detours in alpine region due to hazardous conditions

PHOTO: Jamie Kronborg.

HEAVY snowfalls and hazardous conditions have forced the closure of several roads in Victoria’s alpine region.

Snow clearers are working to reopen the Great Alpine Road between Harrietville and Hotham Heights following heavy snowfalls over the past 24 hours.

No vehicles are permitted beyond the gate at Harrietville until the road is deemed safe.

VicRoads Regional Director Nicki Kyriakou said the closure is expected to remain in place for much of today.

“For the safety of all drivers, we’ve had to close the Great Alpine Road at Harrietville,” Ms Kyriakou said.

“Drivers heading to Mt Hotham or those wanting to exit the resort should detour along the Great Alpine Road via Bairnsdale or Omeo and ensure ski chains are fitted to their vehicles.

“Travellers from Melbourne should allow an additional 20 minutes travel time.”

Ms Kyriakou said there was also a number of other road closures as a result of the challenging conditions.

“The Omeo Highway is also closed between Mitta Mitta and Glen Wills. VicRoads is working to have this road open later this afternoon, subject to no additional snow falls,” said Ms Kyriakou.

“The Benambra to Corryong road is closed and expected to remain so until later in the week.”

Snow clearing operations continue on Mt Buffalo Road which has enabled the road to remain open to Dingo Dell. Access past this point will be subject to daily weather conditions.

VicRoads’ priority is to clear the road to ensure it is safe prior to reopening.

Another update on closures will be provided at 4pm.

Motorists are encouraged to check the snow chain requirements before travelling to alpine regions as fines do apply.

Tips for travelling safely in winter and snow season:

  •  Avoid driving in snow, heavy rain and high wind. Delay your travel if possible
  • Keep your headlights on to increase visibility
  • Use the correct snow chains when required and travel at 40km/h or less.

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