Alpine Way closure
29 August 2013
Rock fall closes Alpine Way from Khancoban to Thredbo
Roads and Maritime Services is advising motorists Alpine Way between two kilometres west of Thredbo to Khancoban is closed after a rock fall caused debris, including rock and soil to fall across the road.
Roads and Maritime closed a 70 kilometre stretch of Alpine Way this morning. The closure will remain in place until the debris is cleared.
The rock fall has occurred from the top of the slope at the same location where emergency work was carried out last month.
Roads and Maritime is inspecting the road today. Specialist equipment is on route to the site. Clean-up work will start tomorrow morning, weather permitting.
The inspection will also provide guidance on how long the clean-up work will take and when the road can be reopened.
Motorists intending to travel on the Alpine Way between Khancoban and Thredbo near the National Parks and Wildlife Gate at Thredbo will be redirected to travel via the Snowy Mountains Highway via Tumut, Tumbarumba and on to Khancoban.
The detour is expected to add about three and a half hours to the journey and motorists are advised to delay non-essential travel.
Motorists are advised the Alpine Way between Jindabyne and Thredbo Village remains open. Access to Khancoban town has been maintained from Tumbarumba and Corryong.
Another alternative travel route between Khancoban and Thredbo is via Elliott Way from Tooma and Mount Selwyn.
Traffic control measures and electronic signs are in place at Khancoban, Jindabyne and Tumbarumba to direct motorists.
Planning for new fencing which started after the existing fence was damaged last month will now incorporate the latest rock fall in proposed improvements.
Motorists are advised to drive with caution, obey all signs and the direction of traffic controllers and allow extra travel time.
Roads and Maritime will continue to monitor and assess all slopes on the Alpine Way for the safety of all road users.
For more information, contact the Transport Management Centre on 132 701, visit www.livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic iPhone app.
Contact: Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit 8588 5999