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.

Image of the party that opened the Echuca Moama project office.

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

Image of the upgrade to the Murray Valley Highway and Warren Streets intersection

Select this link or the image for a larger view

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 (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].

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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