Echuca - Moama bridge project
VicRoads is the lead agency delivering this exciting $280 million project, funded by the Australian, Victorian and New South Wales governments, to build a second Murray River crossing connecting Echuca and Moama.
Project update - March 2017
On Monday 6 March, 2017 The Honourable Steve Herbert, Member for Northern Victoria, officially opened the Echuca-Moama Bridge Project Office.
The office, located at 575 High Street within the historic port precinct, provides 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 Office opening: L to R Nigel Powers, VicRoads Project Director, Mal Kersting, VicRoads Regional Director, Steve Herbert, Member for Northern Victoria, Jason Russell, CEO Shire of Campaspe & Jason Warren, VicRoads Manager Project Delivery.
During May 2017, we will begin the first stage of the project with work getting under way to upgrade the Murray Valley Highway/Warren Street intersection with a new roundabout.
The roundabout will improve the safety and ease of use for all road users. This roundabout is also a vital first stage for the overall bridge project.
Murray Valley Highway/Warren Street intersection upgrade
Select this link or the image for a larger view
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 (Roads and Maritime), we’ve carried out extensive planning investigations to identify options for a second Murray River crossing to connect Echuca and Moama.
In March 2016 the Victorian Minister for Planning approved the Echuca-Moama Bridge project under the Environment Effects Act, which was a key step towards delivering the long-awaited second Murray River crossing. The project was approved in NSW in April 2016.
This approval allowed VicRoads and Roads and Maritime to finalise development of the preferred Mid-West option for the bridge route, which will connect the Murray Valley Highway and Warren Street at Echuca with the Cobb Highway at Perricoota Road in Moama.
View our virtual flythrough video of the Mid-West route [Mp4 782 Mb].
For more information, contact the Echuca – Moama Bridge Project Team.
Call: (03) 9811 8109
Email: [email protected]
Write or visit: Echuca – Moama Bridge Project, 575 High Street, Echuca, 3564
Environment Effects Statement (EES)
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 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.
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.