Echuca - Moama bridge project

Planning investigations for a second Murray River crossing in Echuca-Moama have been completed.

Project Update – February 2017.

In October 2016 the Victorian Government announced the start of preliminary works for the second Murray River crossing.

We’re now undertaking pre-construction activities in consultation with the relevant government departments to prepare the project for construction.

The project’s first worksite will be the intersection of Warren Street and Murray Valley Highway in Echuca, where a new roundabout will be built.

The roundabout is connected to the new bridge crossing’s development and will provide immediate safety benefits to the existing intersection, which has a poor safety record.

From December 2016 to January 2017 we met with residents of Warren Street to outline improvements to the intersection and Warren Street, with major works planned to get underway in the second half of 2017.

In late 2016 the Victorian Minister for Planning, approved the Amendment C103 to the Shire of Campaspe’s Planning Scheme, which officially reserves the land required for the Echuca-Moama bridge project and sets out planning controls to ensure that any impacts to the environment and the community are managed.

In March VicRoads will be opening a project office, which will be located at 575 High Street, Echuca. 

The office will provide an important place for locals and visitors to drop in, view plans and meet with project staff to discuss aspects of the project as it gathers pace.

Project background

Echuca in Victoria and Moama in New South Wales are connected by a single Murray River Bridge, which was built in 1878. This crossing provides an important link for local traffic between the two towns and surrounding regions.

Alongside NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), we’ve carried out extensive planning investigations to identify options for a second Murray River crossing to connect Echuca and Moama.

In June 2013, an Environment Effects Statement (EES) assessment was undertaken to help determine a suitable option. 

The EES report considered three alignment options:

  • Mid-West
  • Mid-West 2A
  • Mid-West 2B.

The EES included detailed planning studies that examined the feasibility of the options by considering the physical, cultural, economic, social and environmental impacts of each option.

VicRoads and RMS collaborated closely with key stakeholders to inform the EES process and make sure we considered community views, issues and perspectives, including: 
  • the Murray and Campaspe Councils
  • project Steering Committees
  • the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation 
  • the Moama Local Aboriginal Land Council.
The EES process identified that the Mid-West Option provides the best balance between environmental, social and economic considerations. This option was the focus of the EES report, which went on public exhibition from 27 August to 9 October 2015, which the community was invited to make formal public submissions.

These submissions were considered by an Independent Planning Panel Inquiry and included hearings in Echuca on 16 and 17 November 2015 where they heard from councils, individual planning study specialists and community representatives.

Comments received during the public exhibition period have been addressed in an Addendum Report to the Preliminary Documentation.

Echuca-Moama Bridge Preliminary Documentation Addendum Report August 2016 [PDF 331Kb]

On 23 March 2016 the Minister for Planning released his Assessment of the EES Inquiry and Advisory Committee report.  The overall conclusion reached by the Minister was:
  • The Mid West Option would have an acceptable level of environmental effects, having regard to overall project outcomes.
  • The Mid West Option will provide a net community benefit to the State of Victoria, having regards to both short term and long term economic, environmental and social considerations. 
View a computer-generated flythrough of the Mid–West corridor option - Mid - West Option HD (External link)

As part of the 2016-17 State Budget, the Victorian Government allocated $96 million to the Project. The Commonwealth Government has announced a funding commitment of $97 million and the NSW Government has announced a funding commitment of $87 million.

Frequently asked questions [PDF 51 Kb]

Environmental Effects Statement (EES) documents

EES Summary brochure [PDF 3.52 Mb]

EES Volume 1

EES Part 1 Foreword to Chapter 7 [PDF 18.16 Mb]
EES Part 2 Chapter 8 to 12 [PDF 18.13 Mb]
EES Part 3 Chapter 13 to 15 [PDF 18.15 Mb]
EES Part 4 Chapter 16 to 19 [PDF 17.69 Mb]
EES Part 5 Chapter 20 to 23[PDF 3.14 Mb]

Technical Appendices

Appendix A Part 1 Initial design drawings [PDF 12.1 Mb]
Appendix A Part 2 Ultimate Duplication drawings [PDF 8.62 Mb]
Appendix A Part 3 Typical cross sections [PDF 1.94 Mb]
Appendix A Part 4 Amendment C103 Campaspe Planning Scheme [PDF 2.64 Mb]
Appendix B Transport Impact Assessment [PDF 6.78 Mb]
Appendix C Biodiversity and Habitat Impact Assessment EES Report Part 1 [PDF 7.99 Mb]
Appendix C Biodiversity and Habitat Impact Assessment EES Report Part 2 PDF 2.77 Mb]
Appendix C Biodiversity and Habitat Impact Assessment EES Report Part 3 [PDF 8.99 Mb]
Appendix D Aquatic Flora and Fauna Impact Assessment [PDF 4.11 Mb]
Appendix E Cultural Heritage Report [PDF 10.15 Mb]
Appendix F Heritage Impact Assessment [PDF 5.03 Mb]
Appendix G Planning and Land Use Impact Assessment Report [PDF 18.33 Mb]
Appendix H Social Impact Assessment Report [PDF 3.45 Mb]
Appendix I Landscape & Visual Impact Assessment Volume 1 [PDF 2.44 Mb]
Appendix I Landscape & Visual Impact Assessment Volume 2 [PDF 10.54 Mb]
Appendix J Specialist Hydrology Report [PDF 4.74 Mb]
Appendix K Soils and Geology Impact Assessment Report Part 1[PDF 974 Kb]
Appendix K Soils and Geology Impact Assessment Report Part 2 [PDF 31.5 Mb]
Appendix L Air Quality Report [PDF 5.92 Kb]
Appendix M Noise Impact Assessment Report Part 1 [PDF 24.7 Mb]
Appendix M Noise Impact Assessment Report Part 2 [PDF 24.65 Mb]
Appendix N Economic Impact Assessment [1.95 Mb]
Appendix O Environmental Management (Major) [PDF 808 Kb]
Appendix P Risk Register [PDF 219.5 Kb]

Preliminary documentation

Matters of National Environmental Significance [PDF 3.0 Mb]
Detailed Flora and Fauna Assessment [PDF 4.09 Mb]
Mid-West 2 Matters of National Environmental Significance [PDF 4.19 Mb]
Mid-West 2 Detailed Flora, Fauna, Native Vegetation & Net Gain Assessment [PDF 8.64 Mb]
Biodiversity and Habitat Impact Assessment Report [PDF 7.87 Mb]
Echuca Bat Call Peer Review [PDF 2.77 Mb]
Squirrel Glider Habitat Linkage Strategy [PDF 8.99 Mb]
Ecological Assessment Report of Alignment of NSW [PDF 8.52 Mb]
Aquatic Flora and Fauna Assessment [PDF 5.51 Mb]
EPBC 2013/6850 letter Brett Lane & Associates [PDF 1.20 Mb]
Letter re Corben's Long eared bat [PDF 686 Kb]

Maps of Mid-West Corridor Alignments

Video of the Mid - West Corridor

A computer generated flythrough of the Mid – West corridor can be viewed below.

Mid - West Option HD [Mp4 782 Mb] (External link)

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