Works are under way on major road repairs across the north-east following the heavy rainfall the region received late last year.
The heavy rain caused about $700000 worth of damage to a number of the region’s roads and the repairs will be scheduled to be completed over the coming months.
The works will include roadside slip repair works, clearing of debris and repairs to drains and culverts, vegetation removal and shoulder repairs.
‘‘We had more than 30 road closures during the weather event,’’ VicRoads acting north-eastern regional director Steve McCallum said.
‘‘Murrindindi and Strathbogie shires were the worst affected with six road closures in each area, followed by Alpine Shire with five road closures, four road closures in each of the Wangaratta and Mansfield shires and minor impacts in the shires of Moira, Benalla, and Indigo.
‘‘Sections of the Hume Fwy, Maroondah Hwy and Goulburn Valley Hwy were closed due to flooding and our crews were quickly on the scene to manage the impacts,’’ Mr McCallum said.
‘‘Our incident management team received around 100 calls involving a variety of issues such as water over roads, fallen trees, landslips and blocked drains.
‘‘The north-eastern region was the hardest hit by the extreme weather event.
‘‘Our staff and workers did a fantastic job in handling and responding to the impacts and we now have some work to do to repair those areas that were damaged as a result.’’
Work has already started on repairs to Murchison-Violet Town Rd and works on other areas will be completed over the coming months.