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 essential transport route, connecting the Goulburn Valley region with Melbourne.  It also 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.  Our solution to address the highway’s limitations is to build a bypass for Shepparton that will help bring balance through the region between community and industry needs.

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

map showing works and planning for Greater Sheparton in 2018 (smaller version)

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About the project 

Once funded, Stage 1 will include the construction of a 10km single lane road from the Midland Highway in Mooroopna, extending north along Excelsior Avenue and Cornish Road to Echuca Road, then east to Wanganui Road where it will re-join the Goulburn Valley Highway in Shepparton North.

The $10.2 million investment currently committed will go towards planning, land acquisition and some early works.  

This stage aim to deliver:

  • planning for a second river crossing between Shepparton and Mooroopna
  • pre-construction work, including detailed design and some strategic land acquisition
  • early construction activities such as intersection upgrade 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 (External link)


 Once funded for construction 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
  • improve the urban centres of Shepparton and Mooroopna
  • create a more effective route for goods and produce travelling to market. 

Community involvement

A Project Liaison Group is being formed with representatives from Greater Shepparton City Council, landowners and key stakeholder groups to assist us in the period leading up to construction.

A community information session will be conducted on:
Date:   Tuesday, 27 March 2018
Starts: 5.30pm sharp
Ends:   7.00pm 
Venue: Eastbank Centre, 70 Welsford Street Shepparton 
RSVP[email protected] or phone 0409 139 736.  

Presentations from VicRoads and the Greater Shepparton City Council.  After presentations conclude, the community are invited to ask questions at information tables.

Light refreshments will be provided.
Please RSVP for catering purposes.

If you have any questions about this event :
Email:  [email protected] 
Phone:  Jane O'Brien on 0409 139 736.

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.

Community Information Session 

Date:   Tuesday, 27 March 2018,
Starts: 5.30pm sharp
Ends:   7.00pm 
Venue: Eastbank Centre, 70 Welsford Street Shepparton 
RSVP[email protected] or phone 0409 139 736.  


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