THE new alignment of the South Gippsland Highway between Koonwarra and Meeniyan is becoming more noticeable.

An update on the works from Major Road Projects Victoria (MRPV) said significant progress had been made levelling out the terrain with major earthworks underway.

Piles are being constructed to form the foundations of two new bridges over the Tarwin River and progress has been made on installing large retaining walls.

The MRPV update said the project team was working closely with the Nerrena Valley Landcare group with works being carefully planned to minimise impact in the environmentally sensitive area.

The Great Southern Rail Trail will be diverted in two places over the coming months so the new road can be constructed.

Temporary barriers have been installed in these areas so work can progress safely behind them.

Traffic controllers may stop rail trail users briefly between 7am and 5pm on weekdays and Saturdays between 7am and 1pm so machinery and equipment can be safely moved across.

“For your safety, please follow all safety signage and directions given by our workers,” MRPV said.

The authority said it continued to work with project palaeontologists as it monitored for potential fossilised material within the project alignment.

Both project staff and palaeontologists are on the lookout for material similar to that found in the nearby Koonwarra Fossil Bed, which has previously yielded fossilised fish, plants, insects, and feathers dating from the early Cretaceous period 115 million years ago.