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 – February 2018

We’re about to start work on the second stage of the Echuca–Moama Bridge project.

During this stage we’ll be upgrading Warren Street between the Murray Valley Highway and the Campaspe River bridge.  

To do this, we’ll have to close Warren Street to traffic from early March 2018 to mid 2019. This closure will help minimise disruptions and speed up the project.

During this time, make sure you plan your journey and take the suggested detours detailed below.

Echuca-Moama Bridge Project Stage 2 - Warren Steet updgrade road closure and detour  

view a larger version of the Echuca-Moama Bridge Project Stage 2 - Warren Steet updgrade road closure and detour map [PDF 316Kb]

All changes and detours will be shared in advance to ensure residents, businesses, schools, public transport, emergency services and freight operators are kept up to date.

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

Stage 2 works include:

  • a new roundabout, west of Campaspe Esplanade
  • new service roads to make it safer and easier for residents to access Warren Street
  • better access to the Echuca Cemetery by providing turning lanes on Warren Street
  • 4 new bridges, improved storm water drainage and intersection street lighting
  • bus stop upgrades
  • a new off-road walking and cycling path.  

We’ll work to keep impacts to a minimum, including noise and dust.

Managing the environment

To upgrade Warren Street, we’ll need to remove a considerable amount of trees. We understand and share the value the community places on the environment and we’re working to minimise tree removal wherever we can.

We’re currently finalising a detailed tree survey that will estimate the number of trees that need to be removed. 

We’re working closely with experts to carefully plan tree removals and we’ve established an Environmental Reference Group, made up of community members and key government agencies to help guide the process.

We’ve also met with Warren Street residents to discuss some early tree removal activities and will continue communicating with them and the wider community throughout the project.

Other news

Construction is well underway for Stage 1 – we’re building a new roundabout at the intersection of Murray Valley Highway and Warren Street. Until its completion in mid 2018, please allow additional travel time through this location. 

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

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

Expressions of Interest have recently been sought from interested firms to design Stage 3 (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.

Roads and Maritime Services’ designs for Stage 4 (Cobb Highway connection into the new bridge road) are also progressing.

Now that we are well into the construction period, we’ve been getting a few different 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

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 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. 
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

Frequently Asked Questions - October 2017 [PDF 1.45 Mb]

Frequently Asked Questions - October 2017 [WORD 48 Kb]

Project Updates

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]

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