Major roads reopen around Mount Dandenong
All major arterial roads across the Mount Dandenong region have reopened one month after wild storms hit the state, with Department of Transport crews working as quickly as possible to reconnect communities.
An estimated 7,000 tonnes or 750 truckloads of debris have been removed from the area, with work crews clearing roads of debris, cleaning out drains, and removing traffic hazards and large trees blocking the roads.
A total of 107 hazardous trees identified by crews and arborists have been pruned or removed along arterial roads.
Crews have been able to reopen all major arterial roads to the public safely. As a result, from today, Mount Dandenong Tourist Road has fully reopened.
The reopening of this road is in addition to Olinda-Monbulk Road, Emerald-Monbulk Road, Mountain Highway, and Ridge Road, which reopened in recent weeks.
Works are still ongoing to reopen several local roads and are currently being assessed by Yarra Ranges Council.
Our crews have been working hard to get arterial roads open for safe travel, but returning the roads to their initial condition will be an ongoing effort.
Over coming weeks and months, we’ll be on site cleaning up roadsides, conducting asphalt works and repairing damaged road barriers.
We urge the community to please continue to obey temporary speeds to keep them safe while they undertake this important work.
Motorists are asked to drive safely, allow extra time on their journey, and look out for traffic management signs.
The Department of Transport thanks the community for their patience as all the necessary measures are undertaken to ensure these areas are safe to reopen.