Beechworth’s Historic Park will reopen to vehicles today after $120,000 flood recovery works have been invested to restore the five kilometre Gorge Road.Beechworth’s Historic Park will reopen to vehicles today after $120,000 flood recovery works have been invested to restore the five kilometre Gorge Road.
Beechworth’s Ranger in Charge, Brian Pritchard said the important scenic road was badly undermined and scoured in the December 2010 flood event making it unsafe for vehicle traffic.
Damage to the road demanded a mix of safety improvements and repair works including re-building rock walls which support the road’s foundations in sections, repairs to storm water drains and road resurfacing.
Mr Pritchard said it has been hard to restrict vehicle access to the Gorge Road as it is a popular tourist drive
“Visitors love to meander up Gorge Road by car, bike or on foot as it offers spectacular views of the rugged countryside, The Cascades waterfalls, intriguing Granite outcrops and a taste of our mining history.”
“It is great to be able to re-open the park today to vehicle traffic and invite locals and visitors back into the park to experience everything it has to offer,” he said.”
Mr Pritchard thanked the local community and visitors for their patience and support following the floods.
Future asphalt works planned for the park will be completed over two days in October when a seal will be applied to the road surface under suitable weather conditions.
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