Echuca - Moama bridge project

We’re building a second Murray River crossing to connect Echuca and Moama in a $280 million project which is jointly funded by the Australian, Victorian and New South Wales governments. 

Project update - August 2017

Between April and June, our geotechnical team conducted ground materials testing, with some bore holes up to 50 metres deep, to understand the different soil characteristics at locations along the new bridge route.

We also used this period to relocate a number power poles as part of the upcoming upgrade of the Murray Valley Highway/Warren Street intersection.

drilling rig on bank Victorian side of Murray River

Image - drilling rig on bank Victorian side of Murray River

VicRoads presentation to community group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image: Presentation to community group 

Over the last few months we’ve been meeting with a number of community and local interest groups, presenting project information.

These presentations, which collectively attracted more than 300 people from various groups in the area, have been an opportunity to reach a wider part of the community to share information about the project.

Since our office opening we've been busy putting together a team to help deliver this project. We expect to have a full crew of around 14 by the end of the year.

For more information about the team check out our August 2017 Project Update [PDF 890Kb].

We'll continue to provide regular updates on this page as the project builds momentum.

Find out more in our April 2017 project update. [PDF 5Mb]

Murray Valley Highway/Warren Street intersection upgrade

Event image - Murray Valley Highway / Warren Street intersection upgrade
Image : Unveiling the concept for the new roundabout L 2 R : Melinda Pavey NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Damian Drum Federal Nationals Member for Murray.+ Luke Donnellan Minister for Roads and Road Safety and Minister for Ports, Mark Gepp MP Northern Victoria + Nigel Powers Project Director.

Event image - Murray Valley Highway / Warren Street intersection upgrade
Image: L2R RE Civil - Greg, Mal Kersting Regional Director, Adrian Weston Mayor of the Shire of Campaspe, Damian Drum Federal Nationals Member for Murray, Melinda Pavey NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Luke Donnellan Minister for Roads and Road Safety and Minister for Ports,, Mark Gepp MP Northern Victoria + Nigel Powers Project Director.
Stage 1 of the Echuca-Moama Bridge Project will be getting underway soon.

RE Civil Pty Ltd, an Echuca based civil construction company, was recently awarded the contract to build the new roundabout. Our team, which includes our Bendigo based engineers, will be working closely with RE Civil to get work underway.

There will be changes to the way traffic and people move through this area once works start, please visit this page for regular updates on construction activities and traffic information.

For more information about Stage 1 and what else is going on check out our August 2017 Project Update [890Kb]
Aerial image - Murray Valley Highway / Warren Street intersection upgrade
Image of the upgrade to the Murray Valley Highway and Warren Streets intersection

About the project

Design concepts

Our most recent design concept map outlines the project area and stages for completion.
Image of the Echuca Moama Bridge project design concepts

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 (External link), 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] (External link).

Contact us

For more information about this project, please get in touch.
Call: (03) 9811 8109
Write or visit: Echuca Moama Bridge Project, 575 High Street, Echuca, 3564

 

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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