MOTORISTS using the Great Alpine Road will face major disruptions in the lead-up to Christmas.
VicRoads has confirmed sections of the key link between the North East and East Gippsland will be closed at various times between November 11 and December 20 to enable the removal of dead and dangerous trees damaged by bushfire.
From November 11 to early December, the Great Alpine Road will be closed to traffic between Harrietville and Dargo High Plains Road between 8.30am and 4.30pm on weekdays.
From early December until December 20, local traffic closures will be in place with delays of up to 30 minutes expected.
The Great Alpine Road will remain open outside of work times including weekends.
Roads users were frustrated at the length of time the road was closed during recovery works following the Harrietville bushfire last summer.
Crews were required to remove damaged trees that posed a risk to motorists and three large landslides that resulted from follow-up rain.
Most affected by the closure were the organisers of the mountain cattle sales at Omeo and Benambra in March with trucks forced to travel via Corryong or Mitta.
The Great Alpine Road is the route of choice for many between the North East and East Gippsland.
The road was opened in time for Easter, Anzac Day and the ski season.
Access to East Gippsland will still be available on the Bogong High Plains Road via Mount Beauty and Falls Creek and the Omeo Highway via Mitta and Glen Valley when the Great Alpine Road works are occurring.
The Alps Link bus service between Omeo and Bright will continue to operate during the scheduled work.
VicRoads regional manager Bryan Sherritt said the works were necessary.
“It is essential for VicRoads to remove these hazardous fire damaged trees from the roadside as soon as possible as they present a road safety hazard,” he said.
“Motorists are requested to observe the changed traffic conditions for their own safety and the safety of workers, including adhering to reduced speed limits.”