Napier Street upgrade Bendigo

We’re upgrading Napier Street (Midland Highway) with a $30.4 million project, funded by the Victorian Government, to improve the traffic flow and transport options between Weeroona Avenue and Hall Street in Bendigo.

Project update – December 2017

Work to underground power has started and crews are working in multiple locations between Willman Court and Hamelin Street. Footpaths closures will be in place at various times, so please take care when driving, walking or riding in the area.

Two palm trees have been successfully moved from the Napier Street entrance to Hamelin Street to the end of Hamelin Street. We worked with the City of Greater Bendigo to ensure the trees were safely moved to another suitable place to retain the attractiveness of the street.

Napier Street will remain open under traffic management throughout the upgrade  with reduced speed limits to ensure the safety of all users and workers. We will continue to inform and involve the community, in particular residents of Napier Street, and try to keep disruptions to a minimum.

VicRoads officers will be visiting impacted residents to let them know about the works over December. You can read more in this letter to resident [PDF 270 Kb].

You can view the design map, artist impressions and further project information below. 

Napier Street map

View the latest Napier Street map [JPEG 6.6Mb].
Please note this is a large file and may take some time to open.

Artist impressions

Impressions of how Napier Street will look after 5 - 10 years.

Artist's impression number 1

Artist's impression number 2

Artist's impression number 3 

Information update

Residents - tenant letter November 2017 [PDF 270 KB] 

View project information [PDF 941Kb] on cycling, street parking, pedestrians and streetscape for Napier Street.

June Information update [PDF 3.2Mb]

July Information update [PDF 170Kb]

About the project

The completed road will feature:

  • an additional traffic lane in each direction
  • an improved dedicated bicycle lane
  • a raised central median with dedicated right turn and u-turn openings
  • underground power
  • a boulevard of street trees
  • new traffic signals at Scott Street
  • upgraded pedestrian facilities at the While Hills shops
  • new pedestrian push button traffic signals near Grace Street
  • upgraded street lighting.


The upgrade of Napier Street will greatly improve the way people and traffic move through this busy and fast-growing area by creating more reliable journeys and improving safety for all road users.

Community involvement

Over the last two years we've conducted nine engagement sessions to ask the community and businesses what was important to them in the Napier Street upgrade. We've used this information whilst developing the final designs.

We conducted a number of community consultation sessions to help understand the needs of the community, and formed a Community Consultation Group with an independent chair to help inform the project. We also conducted surveys to ask the community about their on-street car parking views.

All of this information was used in developing the final design for the upgrade, taking into account how people move around the area, the biggest areas of concern, and combined with ensuring the upgrade improved traffic flow and safety for all users, from drivers to cyclists and pedestrians.

What happens next?

We anticipate the works on Stage Two, between Willman Court and Cambridge Crescent will begin in early 2018.

Contact us

If you'd like more information or have any questions, please get in touch.

 [email protected]
Call: (03) 5434 5064
Write: VicRoads, 53-61 Lansell Street, East Bendigo VIC 3550 

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