Most of the debris has been cleared from Tuesday’s landslide that led to the closure of The Esplanade at Mount Martha. However, a Department of Transport spokesman said the road would remain closed “until a safety assessment determines it can reopen”.
“Safety measures and traffic management will be in place to ensure the safety of road users when the road reopens,” he said. “We recommend drivers use the Nepean Highway as a suitable detour at this point in time.”
The clean-up started on Tuesday after an estimated 30 tonnes of soil and debris slid on to the road at 255 The Esplanade. Fourteen workers with excavators and front-end loaders have been at the site removing the debris.
Mornington Peninsula Shire Council building surveyors have assessed two nearby houses and deemed them safe.
The council and the department will work on a long-term rectification plan after The Esplanade is reopened.