THE Great Alpine Road will be open for the coming long weekend despite ongoing recovery works in the wake of the bushfires and damage from three landslides last week.
But the route to Mount Hotham and Dinner Plain will be reduced to one lane in three spots and open only to cars, motorbikes and small buses during daylight from Saturday.
VicRoads regional director Graham Freestone said the focus was on clearing trees and debris to allow crews into the area for a more thorough assessment and clean up.
“An assessment by geotechnical experts has found the road structure is sufficiently stable to carry vehicles, subject to traffic being diverted onto the inside lane only.
“However the curve radius is insufficient to allow heavy vehicles, semi-trailers or buses ... to pass the site safely.”
But tourists should expect delays.
“For the safety of the crews as well as for drivers, partial-lane closures and speed restrictions will apply at various locations,” Mr Freestone said.
The risk of burnt trees falling over the road means access is limited to between 7am and 7pm.