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.

Image of the Goulburn Valley Shepparton Bypass planning map

View a larger version of the map showing works and planning for Greater Shepparton in 2018 [PDF 61Kb]

About the project 

Once funded for construction, 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 aims 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 commenced in the 2017/18 financial year and will take two years to complete. The estimated completion date is end 2019. 


 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 was delivered in Shepparton in collaboration with the council and VicRoads on 27th March with over 130 attendees.
At the session, we engaged with the community to gather feedback on their experience of the Shepparton road network. This feedback has been provided to our project team. Further community and stakeholder engagement is planned as we progress the planning study.
Information updates are available through this website or via email updates. If you would like to be registered on our database to receive updates, please forward your email address requesting this to [email protected]

What happens next?

Once the planning study is complete, further funding consideration will be given 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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