Goulburn Valley Highway - Strathmerton Deviation

The route and boundaries for the Strathmerton Deviation have been finalised and were incorporated into the Moira Planning Scheme in late 2006.

A funded program for the construction of the Strathmerton Deviation is yet to be agreed with the Australian Government. 

The route and boundaries for the Strathmerton Deviation have been finalised and were incorporated into the Moira Planning Scheme in late 2006.

An Australian Federal Government program for future construction is yet to be finalised.

Features

We expect the Strathmerton Deviation will be developed as a two-lane, two-way, single road with overtaking lanes and provision for duplication when traffic volumes warrant.

Image of the approved Goulburn Valley Highway Strathmerton Deviation

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Benefits

The Strathmerton Deviation will:

  • minimise impacts on a heritage sensitive area and trees in the Old Coach Road reservation
  • avoid a culturally significant Aboriginal mound site
  • avoid a biologically sensitive area on the Fisher and Boers property
  • eliminate the current indirect route for traffic movements west of Strathmerton and Tocumwal along the Goulburn Valley Highway
  • save 9km of travel compared with the current route 
  • enhance safety by eliminating a number of curves and narrow bridges approaching the Murray River near the border with NSW.

Managing the environment

Environment Australia has advised that the route of the deviation is acceptable, subject to the environmental safeguard measures outlined in the Environment Effects Statement being implemented.

We are performing habitat enhancement works before construction begins to reduce impacts on the Grey-Crowned Babbler.

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

We're conducting investigations of potentially sensitive cultural heritage areas with the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation and adjusted the reservation boundaries to avoid these areas.

Contact us 

You're welcomed to contact us to view project plans and discuss issues with our Project Staff.

Call:        13 11 70
Email:     ner.enquiries@roads.vic.gov.au
Write to: Regional Director, North Eastern Victoria, VicRoads, Post Office Box 135, Benalla 3671

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