Just got back from a Somerton, Epping, Yarrambat, St Andrews, Kinglake, Whittlesea, Roxburgh Park loop. Out of the whole ride was really looking forward to climbing Kinglake. About a kay after St Andrews I noticed a yellow electronic road sign box saying road works 25-27/1 I didn't think much then all of a sudden was travelling on mushy, soft & freshly laid bitumen. Before I could ohhh .... I had to quickly adjust my riding as I was sliding around and look in my mirror to see how the learner behind me was doing as he was getting last minute practice before doing his license test on the weekend. It was not fun at all riding on fresh bitumen as it wasn't fully compressed by the roller so was very loose like riding on a dirt road with the front of the bike feeling very loose and wobbly. Was cursing myself thinking they laid new road surface for the whole 13km climb but at this stage have only laid about 4kms worth from St Andrews. The bitumen got harder as we climbed as it appears they have started laying the new surface mid hill and worked their way downwards to the base. It's up to individual riders but I personally unfortunately will probably avoid this road for a few weeks minimum. If they decide to do the rest of the road up to the roundabout at the corner of C746/C724 then unfortunately it will not be rider friendly at all. At the base of the hill going up from St Andrews there is a road sign saying 187 traffic accidents since such and such date well that number is now showing about 256. On the topic of new roads on last weekends ride back from Healesville to Kinglake once you turn right from B360 Maroondah Hwy on to C724 Healesville-Kinglake Rd about a few kms after the C726 Yarra Glen turnoff they have also laid fresh new bitumen there going up on Chum Creek Rd for also about 4kms towards Toolangi.