Morwell Bypass close to reopening

The Princes Freeway in the Victorian region of Morwell is due to reopen this weekend

By Ruza Zivkusic | September 20, 2011

The Princes Freeway in the Victorian region of Morwell is due to reopen just in time before the school holidays, Victorian Transport Minister Terry Mulder says.

The bypass, including a stormwater drain, was damaged due to heavy rain earlier this year but is expected to reopen this Saturday at its designated 110 km/h speed limit.

There has been constant monitoring and testing of the land movement, Mulder says, including additional drilling at the base of the Hazelwood mine in the area to allow more water to be drained from the area.

Lining of a 300-metre central median drain and other strengthening work has also been carried out, including injecting grout into underground holes and preparing a traffic management plan with VicRoads together with Victoria Police.

"Geotechnical experts assembled for a technical review board have all been extensively involved to make sure that this road can be opened safely in time for the school holiday period," Mulder says.

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