Goulburn Valley Highway Shepparton bypass

The Victorian Government has committed $10.2 million to help prepare for the Shepparton Bypass.

Project background

The Goulburn Valley Highway is an integral transport route connecting the Goulburn Valley Region with Melbourne, and forms a vital link in the national highway system between Melbourne and Brisbane.

Parts of the Goulburn Valley Highway around Greater Shepparton can no longer effectively cater for the large and increasing traffic volumes that use the highway daily.  A solution to address the inadequacies of the highway has been proposed since 1995.

In 2016, the full 36km four-lane Shepparton Bypass was estimated to cost approximately $1.3 billion. The project has therefore been split into six stages in order to obtain funding to get the project underway, including a single carriageway each way in the first instance.

About the project 

Stage 1 will construct 10 km of road from the Midland Highway extending northwards along Excelsior Avenue and Cornish Road to Echuca Road, then east to Wanganui Road where it would rejoin the Goulburn Valley Highway in Shepparton North.

The $10.2 million investment will go towards planning, land acquisition and upgrading the intersection of Goulburn Valley Highway at Ford Road and Wanganui Road, Shepparton.  

This stage seeks to deliver:

  • planning of Shepparton-Mooroopna second river crossing.
  • pre-construction work, including detail design and some strategic land acquisition.
  • early construction activities such as traffic signals at the intersection of Goulburn Valley Highway, Ford Road and Wanganui Road, Shepparton.  
Planning for Stage 1 will commence in the 2017/18 financial year and will take two years to complete. The estimated completion date is mid 2019. To discover more about the Shepparton Bypass, visit the Shepparton Bypass on Greater Shepparton website


 A Shepparton bypass and river crossing will:

  • cater for long term growth of the area
  • improve safety and accessibility for both local and through traffic
  • provide relief for congested intersections in the city centre
  • reduce accidents, particularly those involving trucks
  • improve the urban centres of Shepparton and Mooroopna
  • create a more efficient supply chain for goods and produce travelling to market. 

Community involvement

A Community Liaison Group has been formed with representatives from Council, landowners and key stakeholder groups to assist us in the period leading up to construction.

What happens next?

Once the planning study is complete, further funding bids will be developed for further works with a particular focus on a second river crossing across the Goulburn River between Echuca Road, Mooroopna and Wanganui Road, Shepparton North.

Managing the environment

The Environment Effects Statement (EES) highlights key requirements for environmental management of the potential impacts. 

These will provide the basis of a detailed Environmental Management Plan which will be carried out before the construction commences.

Environment Australia has advised that the western bypass proposal is environmentally acceptable, subject to applying the environmental safeguard measures outlined in the EES.
View our commitment to the environment.

Contact us 

Members of the public are welcome to contact VicRoads for information on the Shepparton Bypass project. The office is open between 8.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday to view project plans and discuss issues with Project Staff.

Call: VicRoads on 13 11 70
Write to: Regional Director, North Eastern Region, VicRoads, Post Office Box 135, Benalla 3672.

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