Motorists on the Dimboola-Rainbow Road next week will need to plan their trips carefully as a number of railway crossings will be closed for maintenance.

UPDATED - The Jeparit-Warracknabeal Road crossing is now being advertised as closed on Sunday 10 January between 7 am and 5 pm.

It is planned that three crossings, two on the main road and one side road, will be closed to road traffic on two days each between 7 am and 5 pm, with motorists advised to use alternative routes during these times.

Work will commence on the crossing on Stoney Crossing Road, three kilometres north of Antwerp, on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 January.

The next two are on more heavily trafficked roads and will prove more challenging to avoid.

The crossing on the Jeparit-Warracknabeal Road will be closed between the same hours on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 January, and the final one is on the large S-bend near the small salt lakes five kilometres north of Jeparit, which will be closed to road traffic on Sunday 10 and Monday 11.

Signs and local detours will be in place with some delays expected for motorists, and due to the nature of the works, there will be construction noise, light, and dust during the night on these days.

This will complement the upgrading work on the Dimboola to Rainbow railway line carried out during 2020 which saw 63,000 sleepers replaced after the line spent the second half of last year and the first few months of this year booked out of service due to the concerns about the condition of the line.

Stoney Crossing Road, Antwerp - Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 January - 7 am to 5 pm

Jeparit-Warracknabeal Road (South-east of Jeparit) - Friday 8 and Saturday 9 January - 7 am to 5 pm

Dimboola-Rainbow Road (North of Jeparit) - Sunday 10 and Monday 11 - 7 am to 5 pm