Koo Wee Rup Bypass, Koo Wee Rup

The Koo Wee Rup Bypass will provide a new 3.4 km two lane arterial road between Healesville-Koo Wee Rup Road at Manks Road and Rossiter Road and the South Gippsland Highway in Koo Wee Rup.

The $66 million Victorian Government project will redirect trucks and other through traffic away from the Koo Wee Rup town centre and will improve traffic flow and safety, particularly during holiday periods.

Koo Wee Rup Bypass concept plan - July 2013 [JPEG 1.39Mb]

Bypass now open to traffic 

The Koo Wee Rup Bypass was opened on 15 May 2015 allowing traffic onto the new road for the first time.

The bypass will remove a significant proportion of traffic and heavy vehicles from the Koo Wee Rup township and will improve traffic flow and safety.

The new road has one lane in each direction and connects to Manks/McKays Roads in the north and Rossiter Road to the south with newly constructed roundabouts. 


Project Features

  • A 3.4 kilometre bypass road with one lane each way between Healesville-Koo Wee Rup Road and the South Gippsland Highway, Koo Wee Rup.
  • A new 280 metre bridge spanning the Bunyip River drains.
  • A new roundabout at the intersection of Manks Road and Healesville-Koo Wee Rup Road to provide safe and easy access to the Koo Wee Rup town centre.
  • Roundabouts to connect the bypass at Rossiter Road and at the South Gippsland Highway.

Project Benefits

  • Remove through traffic, particularly heavy vehicles from the town centre.
  • Improve traffic flow for people who use the bypass and local traffic in Koo Wee Rup.
  • Provide safer road conditions.
  • Reduce traffic noise in and near Koo Wee Rup.
  • Improve the amenity of Koo Wee Rup and enhance access to schools, businesses and recreation areas.

Project update

In August 2013, Lend Lease Engineering (formerly Abigroup) was awarded the contract to construct the Koo Wee Rup Bypass. Major construction finished in May 2015, six months ahead of schedule.

Involving the community

We have consulted and sought feedback from the local community and stakeholders about the features and route of the bypass. This feedback has helped us develop a route and plan that balances road safety and improvements to traffic flow with the aim to remove traffic from Koo Wee Rup town centre and need to protect the local nationally significant environment.

Information is also available about long term planning and proposals for the development of Healesville-Koo Wee Rup Road, from Pakenham to Koo Wee Rup.

Contact us

Email [email protected]
Call    (03) 9703 5999
Write  VicRoads South Eastern Projects, PO Box 2214, Fountain Gate, VIC 3805


Managing the environment

In planning for the bypass, VicRoads prepared detailed flora and fauna studies and cultural heritage surveys. These planning and environmental assessments identified that the bypass may impact on state and national significant fauna species. Three threatened fauna species known to occur within the project area are:

  • Growling Grass Frog
  • Southern Brown Bandicoot
  • Australian Grayling.

We use a range of measures to protect and re-establish the habitat for these threatened fauna species. The measures include predator control programs like fox baiting and establishment and rehabilitation of habitat sites and safe travel corridors. For further information, please refer to the  Koo Wee Rup Bypass Fauna Management Plan Final [PDF 1.4 Mb].

EPBC Compliance Report

Other documentation 


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