Hazardous trees to be removed on Black Spur
Hazardous tree removal works along the Maroondah Highway are set to begin in coming weeks to keep locals and visitors safe on one of Victoria's most scenic routes.
The removal follows an arborist report that identified the need to remove 98 trees and prune large limbs from another 28.
Many of the trees are grand Mountain Ash that stand at between 50 and 75 metres tall and have become unstable due to age or competition with other trees.
The project requires the use of heavy machinery, including a crane, to remove the trees from the roadside.
The cranes allow the trees to be removed in sections, ensuring the protection of the undergrowth below and the native fauna and flora inhabiting it, including species only found in the area.
Stage one works are proposed to take place from 16 to 19 March and 23 to 26 March between 9.30am and 3.30pm.
To reduce the impact on local tourism operators, road closures will not take place between Fridays and Sundays, with Victorians encouraged to continue visiting the area over the weekends. Black Spur will be open throughout the school holidays to allow the locals and tourists to enjoy the popular holiday destination during the break.
Stage two of the works will start on 20 April with more information to be shared in the coming weeks.
After the completion of the second stage of works, an assessment will be undertaken to determine if further hazardous tree removals are required.
Traffic management will be on site to support motorists to follow detours via the Melba Highway to Yea, the Goulburn Valley Highway to Alexandra and the Maroondah Highway to Alexandra, before heading south to Narbethong. Motorists are encouraged to allow more than an hour extra travel time during closures.
The Department of Transport will consult with the community and local businesses, including conducting holding two drop-in sessions to give locals an opportunity to have their questions answered.