New South Wales
|Alpine Way, near Thredbo|
|Length||126 km (78 mi)|
|General||Carrying snow chains may be required at certain times of the year.|
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The Alpine Way is a State highway that is located in New South Wales, Australia. It starts near Jindabyne on the eastern side of the Snowy Mountains. Then it winds its way adjacent to the Thredbo River, before heading south-west past Thredbo and then crossing the crest of the Great Dividing Range at Dead Horse Gap at an altitude of 1,580 metres (5,180 ft). Afterwards, it continues around the western side of the range along the upper reaches of the Murray River, past the Geehi River to Khancoban, before eventually connecting with the Murray Valley Highway.
The highway was initially built in the 1950s as part of the access for the Snowy Mountains Scheme. However, the paving of it was only completed approximately 40 years later in the 1990s.
According to the road restrictions that are present in the region, it is required that all two-wheel drive vehicles carry snow chains between Thredbo and Tom Groggin in between the June and October long weekends. It is also quite possible that snow chains may be needed to drive safely along other (more dangerous) parts of Alpine Way.
- Driving in the snow - NSW Environment and Heritage, NSW Government, 9 July 2011
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