CONTRACTORS tendering to repair seven landslips in the South Gippsland Shire have been told roads must reopen  as quickly as possible.

Six of the seven roads will be closed for the duration of repair works but council’s tender documents note the evaluation criteria gives additional weighting to contractors who are able to open roads early.

The documents say the closures will “be disruptive and inconvenient to the public” but in the interests of safety and to give the successful contractor or contractors unfettered access to the repair areas, road closures are necessary.

Clarkes Road, Hallston is the only exception with the contractor required to liaise with three property owners to ensure they have access during repair works.

Tenders close on Tuesday, June 9. Contractors can tender for one or more, or even all, of the projects.

The scope of works includes removing damaged sections, excavation to build new foundations including drainage and new piling where specified, and reconstructing the road pavement.

The landslips on Mt Eccles Road, Mt Eccles; Griggs Road, Hallston; two sites on Grand Ridge Road, Trida; Wild Dog Valley Road, Mt Eccles; Clarkes Road, Hallston and Kardella-Fairbank Road, Kardella, were caused by a storm event in August last year.

They were later declared a natural disaster which meant the repairs would be covered by the Commonwealth’s Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.