TO WIDESPREAD relief, VicRoads reopened the Fish Creek-Foster Road last Friday afternoon.
Announcing the reopening, a VicRoads spokesperson said the road was being fully opened in both directions to cater for the start of peak holiday traffic heading to the area.
The repair work is not yet complete, however, and drivers can expect reduced speed limits in the section under repair. Further road surfacing works to build up the gravel road base began on Monday, causing minor delays.
While VicRoads had originally hoped to have the project completed prior to Christmas, the road was more extensively damaged than first anticipated.
The road was closed in the early hours of November 14 after a large section near the Shields Road intersection collapsed following heavy rainfall. Traffic between Fish Creek and Foster has been forced to take a detour along the Meeniyan-Promontory Road (C44) and Foster-Promontory Road (C446) or along Falls Road and the South Gippsland Highway.
Further wet weather over the last couple of weeks, as well as crews having to dig much deeper down to rebuild the road than first thought, has caused delays.
VicRoads contractors will keep an eye on this section of unsealed road over the next few weeks, grading it to remove pot holes as required, until crews can return in January 2014 to carry out final road sealing works.
Works in January will aim to avoid peak traffic periods.
VicRoads would like to thank the community for its ongoing patience while these emergency repair works are carried out.