The Great Alpine Road has re-opened to all traffic, without restrictions, between Bruthen and Dinner Plain following extensive safety assessments.
There are still several major roads closed in the area with 12 active fires going across the state and more than 1.4 million hectares burnt this fire season in Victoria.
The opening of the Great Alpine Road follows the re-opening of the Princes Highway to all traffic between Orbost and Sydenham Inlet Road at Cabbage Tree Creek. The stretch from Cabbage Tree Creek to Cann River remains closed with Level C access, and remains closed to all but emergency services between Cann River and Genoa (Level A access). Level C access also applies between Genoa and the New South Wales border.
Many fire affected towns and districts are inviting visitors this long weekend. In East Gippsland, Lakes Entrance, Metung, Paynesville and Loch Sport are welcoming visitors and provide the perfect setting for a short break by water over this weekend.
Level C authorised access means local residents, business owners and relief, recovery and supply services are permitted to travel. Vehicles may be required to pass through traffic management points and show proof of residence.
Motorists are advised to allow for delays of around half an hour with heavy machinery being used in the area. The roads will be continually assessed and may close at short notice.
People are urged to drive carefully through bushfire affected areas and to follow the directions of emergency services at all times as conditions can change quickly.
Road closures occur across multiple levels:
- Road Closed (No Entry) – Road access may be blocked by debris and hazardous trees, and the bushfire emergency may still be underway in some areas. Hazardous trees still present a danger to road users.
- Restricted Access (Level B) – Once hazardous trees have been removed, crews can enter the area to assess the damage and impact to the road and undertake urgent repairs.
- Authorised access (Level C) – If it’s safe to do so, local residents, business owners and relief, recovery and supply services may be provided with authorised access to closed roads. Residents may be required to pass through traffic management points and show proof of residence.
- Authorised access (Level D) – Road management is re-instated to the road authority. If it’s safe to do so, local residents, business owners and relief, recovery and supply services may be provided with authorised access to the road. Residents may be required to pass through traffic management points and show proof of residence.
- ROAD REOPENED – Once the road has been safely restored, we’ll reopen access to the community.
Real-time traffic conditions are available at traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au or via the VicTraffic mobile app.
For updates on bushfires go to emergency.vic.gov.au