ROADS and Maritime Services (RMS) is advising motorists the Alpine Way is scheduled to partially reopen by the end of the week after work to remove debris caused by a recent rock fall is completed.
RMS closed the Alpine Way on Monday July 22 between two kilometres west of Thredbo to Khancoban while work to stabilise the slope and remove debris was carried out.
RMS expects to open one lane of traffic by Friday under alternating traffic conditions with the road expected to fully reopen by the end of September once new fencing is installed.
The rock fall caused debris, including rock and soil, to damage the fence and fall across the road, requiring a total road closure of about 50 km of the road since last Monday.
About 3,000 cubic metres of debris was removed by workers late last week and during the weekend.
RMS and council are working together to get the road partially opened to motorists as soon as possible.
Motorists are advised the Alpine Way between Jindabyne and Thredbo Village remains open. Motorists intending to travel on the Alpine Way between Khancoban and Thredbo near the National Parks and Wildlife Gate at Thredbo will continue to be detoured via the Snowy Mountains Highway via Tumut, Tumbarumba and on to Khancoban until the road reopens.
The detour is expected to add about three and a half hours to the journey so motorists are advised to delay non-essential travel.
Another alternate travel route between Khancoban and Thredbo is via Elliott Way from Mount Selwyn to Tooma.
Traffic control measures and electronic signs are in place at Khancoban, Jindabyne and Tumbarumba to direct motorists.
Motorists are advised to drive with caution, obey all signs and the direction of traffic controllers and allow extra travel time.
RMS thanks motorists for their patience while the work to safely removing debris, stabilise the slope and repair the damage is carried out.
RMS 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