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 - June 2018

In our February 2018 update, we let you know about our plans for upgrading Warren Street, including its closure from 6 March to through traffic.

Since the road closure a lot has been happening.

  • Works on Stage 1 (the Murray Valley Highway roundabout) are progressing well with:
    • layers of asphalt being placed
    • new concrete kerbing installed
    • construction on the Warren Street connection.

We’re still on track to complete and open the roundabout by mid-2018. We expect that works on Stage 2 (the Warren Street upgrade) will be underway as part of the ongoing closure.

Keeping the area clean 

Following the closure of Warren Street in early March, traffic accessing Warren Street via some of the nearby unsealed back roads caused additional dust for residents.

To assist in reducing the number of cars on these local roads, we introduced several measures to help discourage their use, including:

  • closing direct access from Redman Street on the south side of Warren Street
  • strategically installing water filled barriers to further discourage motorists.

There has been more frequent watering of the unsealed roads to further minimise the effects of dust. This watering includes the use of non-toxic additive that provides a longer-term binding effect of the dust.

Power underground

In late April, vital power relocation works were completed along Warren Street.

Specialty crews have successfully relocated some poles and buried the power supply where the new roundabout will be located. This marks an important milestone for the upgrade of Warren Street and the new roundabout connection for the river crossings.

We thank the residents and businesses around Warren Street for their patience while the important project works are underway.

Image of a cane operating in a street

Managing the environment

Our ongoing commitment to working within the environment is to avoid and minimise disruption as well as to provide high community value outcomes. You can find out more in response to Frequently Asked Questions [PDF 522 Kb]

Our Environmental Reference Group, made up of community members and key government agencies will help us deliver the most sustainable outcomes when it comes to managing the environment.

The significant scope of works involved in upgrading Warren Street means there will be impacts on the existing native vegetation. Tree removals are a necessary and inevitable aspect of the upgrade and for the future building of the new bridge.

In order to minimise our impact on the environment, we have developed an extra layer of technology, a digital database which will allow us to reduce the number of trees removed, identify species of individual trees and understand their value (based on size and age). This digital database will also help us identify the best possible reuse of the trees we remove.

Over the coming months this page will be updated with new information about the ways we're:

  • managing the impacts on the local vegetation and native wildlife
  • using excess timber for high value community and environmental outcomes.

EPBC commitments

We aim to comply with all legislative requirements when delivering construction and maintenance contracts, including the requirements of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act). 

The following link provides access to the project’s Offset Management Plan for the Grey Box Grassy Woodland [PDF 2.67 Mb]

People behind the project 

A project of this size and scale takes a lot of dedicated and skilled experts – from engineers to our people understand that what they are doing and how it will affect the lives of the community each and every day. Find out more about the people behind your project by selecting the link at the bottom of the page.

Stage 1 Warren Street Closure information  

Access to Warren Street continues to be maintained for local residents, businesses, emergency services and the Echuca Cemetery throughout this important upgrade.

Echuca Moama Bridge4 project - road closure map page 1 view (smaller version) 

View a larger version of the Echuca-Moama Bridge Project Stage 2 - Warren Street upgrade road closure and detour map [PDF 316Kb]


Aerial image - Murray Valley Highway / Warren Street intersection upgrade

View a larger version of artists impression of what the upgraded intersection will look like [PDF 122 Kb]

Stage 2: Warren Street upgrade. The project team is finalising environmental approvals for this stage. The contract to construct is planned to be awarded before the middle months of 2018 and construction to begin shortly after.

Stage 3: Preliminary design tasks are underway for the new Murray River Crossing. The process to develop a design will take about 6 months, which will be followed by tendering for its construction.

Stage 4: Roads and Maritime Services’ design review of the Cobb Highway intersections with Perricoota Road and Meninya Street has recently been finalised. Confirmation has been made traffic lights will be installed at both intersections. Detailed design will occur during 2018 with construction to commence in 2019.

Now that we are well into the construction period, we’ve been getting some questions about certain aspects of the project.

Check out the project’s frequently asked questions for more information:

Frequently asked Questions October 2017 [PDF 1.45 Mb]

Frequently asked Questions October 2017 [WORD 48 Kb] 

About the project

Our most recent design concept map outlines the project area and stages for completion.

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 2 towns and surrounding regions.Alongside 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] (External link).

Contact us

For more information about this project, please get in touch via:
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: 
  • Murray and Campaspe Councils
  • Project Steering Committees
  • Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation 
  • 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. The community was invited to make formal public submissions between these dates.

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

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 announced a funding commitment of $97 million and the NSW Government announced a funding commitment of $87 million.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions - October 2017 [PDF 1.45 Mb] 
Frequently Asked Questions - October 2017 [WORD 48 Kb]

Project Updates

June 2018 Project Update [PDF 890Kb]
June 2018 Project Update [WORD  21Kb]

December 2017 Project Update [PDF 893 Kb]
December 2017 Project Update [WORD 138 Kb]

April 2017 Project Update. [PDF 5Mb]
August 2017 Project Update [WORD 890Kb]

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

Map Echuca-Moama Bridge Proposed Alignment Mid-West 2A [PDF 10.6 Mb]
Map Echuca-Moama Bridge Proposed Alignment Mid-West 2B [PDF 10.7 Mb]
Map Echuca-Moama Bridge Proposed Alignment Mid-West [PDF 10.6 Mb] 

 

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]

Introducing Jason Warren

Hi, I’m the Delivery Manager for the Echuca-Moama Bridge Project.

As a local member of the Echuca community, I have first-hand knowledge of how much a second Murray River crossing is needed to reduce congestion in the two towns. I lead a team of 14 highly talented staff who live in the region who feel privileged to be contributing to the construction of this vital project for the community.

We’re currently working on pre-construction activities such as service relocations, obtaining relevant government approvals and commissioning designs for the new works.

My team is also in the process of preparing contract specifications, calling tenders and managing contracts through construction.

As well as leading the VicRoads team and ensuring relevant safety and quality requirements are met, I work closely with our key contractors and stakeholders to ensure that the project proceeds smoothly and there is minimal disruption to the community.

I invite you to come to our High Street office if you have any project queries. You can also contact us via email on [email protected] or call 1300 031 292. 

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