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 – January 2018

Stage Two of the upgrade is underway with works currently taking place in Hamelin Street. Construction of the new school bus stop and road surfaces is expected to be completed at the end of January. Work will then commence on the Scott Street intersection, and will include moving the school pedestrian crossing temporarily further down Napier Street on the Bendigo side of Hamelin Street. We have been communicating with the principal of Holy Rosary Primary School to ensure the safety of their community while works are occurring in the area.

Electricity and water relocations are continuing in multiple locations. We are continuing to visit residents and businesses in person prior to Powercor commencing relocation works. If you are not home when we visit we will leave information [PDF 270 Kb] explaining the upcoming works and how they may affect you. Footpath closures will be in place at various times so please take care when driving, walking or riding in the area.

Napier Street will remain open under traffic management throughout the upgrade with reduced speed limits to ensure the safety of all users and workers, and some delays can be expected. We will continue to inform you prior to works occurring near residents and business operators so that disruptions are minimal.

We thank residents, business owners and visitors to the area for their patience and understanding.

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]

Project background

Napier Street forms part of the Midland Highway through Bendigo and serves as an important north-south freight and tourist route connection to Echuca, Shepparton and developing areas to the north of Bendigo. 

Over the last decade this important route has been experiencing significant traffic pressures due to urban developments in the north of Bendigo - one of the state’s most rapidly growing areas. 

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?

Stage Two works will occur while service relocations continue along Napier Street.

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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