Alpine Road works begin

By Georgia Smith

Benalla residents who travel along the Great Alpine Road will now be looking towards a safer journey.

More upgrades have begun between Wangaratta and Cobungra, which will improve the popular route’s safety and reliability.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the works would also help support the economies of towns that sat along the popular tourist route.

‘‘The Great Alpine Road plays a vital role in the economic prosperity of the North East,’’ Mr McCormack said.

‘‘It is a key freight route, a popular link through Victoria’s high country for tourists and people going on skiing holidays and is vital to ensuring communities throughout the region stay connected.’’

Victorian Roads and Road Safety Minister Luke Donnellan said road safety was a top priority.

‘‘This is about making sure anyone who uses the Great Alpine Road experiences a safer and more reliable journey,’’ Mr Donnellan said.

‘‘Work has begun on 34km of shoulder-sealing works along the Great Alpine Road between Wangaratta and Harrietville and planning for additional safety improvements are also under way.’’

The Australian and Victorian governments have funded $8 million towards the Great Alpine Road project, which is expected to be fully completed by 2021.