Goulburn Valley Highway - Shepparton Bypass
The planning study to determine the alignment for the future Goulburn Valley Highway bypass of Shepparton began in 1995.
The study involved the development of options for the construction of a dual carriageway of approximately 36 km in length. In December 2001 the Minister for Planning adopted alignment S3, T2, (A3), X1, NRC2, N1, to the west of Shepparton from Karramomus Road in the south then west of Excelsior Avenue and continuing north to Congupna.
The boundaries for the bypass have now been finalised and were incorporated into the local Planning Scheme in late 2006.
A program for the construction of the Shepparton Bypass is yet to be agreed with the Australian Federal Government.
A bypass of Shepparton is the best long term solution to:
- cater for long term traffic growth
- address major deficiencies required to meet National Highway System objectives
- improve the level of service for commercial traffic in the region
- 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
- provide certainty for future land use development
- improve the amenity of the urban centres of Shepparton and Mooroopna.
Managing the environment
The Environment Effects Statement (EES) highlights key requirements for environmental management of the potential impacts identified in the detailed discussion of the options. These will provide the basis for the preparation of a detailed Environmental Management Plan which will be required before the construction of the bypass commences.
Environment Australia has advised that the western bypass proposal is environmentally acceptable, subject to the environmental safeguard measures outlined in the EES being implemented.
Involving the community
A Community Liaison Group will be formed with representatives from Council, landowners and key stakeholder groups to assist VicRoads in the period leading up to construction.
Protecting our cultural heritage
VicRoads appreciates and respects Australia's cultural heritage.
Extensive consultation with the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation has resulted in adjustments to the alignment near Pyke Road, Toolamba, to avoid significant cultural heritage items.
Should any items of cultural significance be encountered during construction, VicRoads will ensure that these items are saved and preserved for future generations to enjoy.
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.