South Gippsland Highway Black Spur Koonwarra

We’re realigning the South Gippsland Highway between Koonwarra and Meeniyan to improve safety and efficiency.

The Australian and Victorian Governments have jointly funded $50 million for the realignment of this section of the highway known locally as ‘Black Spur’.

Project update - August 2017 

Pre-construction activities are well advanced, including discussions with affected landowners and key stakeholders, while geotechnical investigations and road and bridge design are currently underway.

Works on ground are expected to commence in early to mid 2018 and we’ll continue to work with landowners, the community and stakeholders throughout the project.
Construction will take approximately three years to complete.

View Project Update August 2017 [PDF 3.5Mb]

Community information session

Members of the community and those interested in the project are invited to an information session on Wednesday 9 August.

SGH Realignment Community Drop in Session

Date:       Wednesday 9 August 2017
Time:       2pm - 6pm
Location:  Koonwarra Hall, Koala Drive, Koonwarra

Concept plans will be on display for people to discuss with VicRoads staff. This is a fantastic opportunity to ask questions and get a better understanding of how this project will improve road safety and address recent crash history on the Black Spur section of the highway.

No Need to RSVP, just drop in for a chat and a cuppa!

Project background

The South Gippsland Highway is a major link in Victoria’s rural road network and is the main route to major ports and markets in Melbourne. 

It supports vital industries including agriculture, dairy, oil and gas as well as providing access to major tourist destinations in South Gippsland including the iconic Wilson’s Promontory.
The existing alignment of the highway has resulted in frequent run off road crashes, freight delays and safety concerns for road users. 

A preferred route was chosen more than a decade ago after extensive community consultation and the land was secured when funding was made available. A planning permit was also issued to carry out the highway realignment.

About the project

The project involves:
  • Construction of a new section of highway between Old Koonwarra-Meeniyan Road and Minns Road to reduce the length of highway from 3.4km to 2.3km
  • Removal of nine sharp corners
  • Construction of two new bridges over the Tarwin River
  • Construction of a highway underpass east of the new Caithness Road intersection for the Great Southern Rail Trail 
  • Realign the Great Southern Rail Trail under the new river bridge at Minns Road 
  • Closure of access to the old section of highway to through traffic east of Caithness Road while retaining access for local residents
  • A new intersection will retain access to Caithness Road and improvements to the existing intersection at Minns Road
  • Safety barrier installation in accordance with Safe System principles
As a result, the highway will be upgraded to ‘A’ class road standard.  The project will also investigate other safety improvements between Meeniyan and Yarram.
SGH-Black Spur_Concept-Map-JUN17-ACC(small)
 
View a larger version of the South Gippland Highway - Black Spur  Koonwarra map [PDF 279Kb]

Benefits

The realignment of the highway will improve:

  • safety by reducing run-off road crashes
  • efficiency and connectivity of freight travel times for all road users

Community & stakeholder involvement

We’ve been working with key stakeholders, including landowners, on the planning of this project for more than 10 years. 

Stakeholders include the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), South Gippsland Shire, West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, Southern Rural Water, Museum Victoria, Geological Survey Victoria, Nerrena Land Care Group and the Great Southern Rail Trail Committee of Management.

Environmental management

We’re committed to protecting the environment while balancing safety, transport and community needs and the impact to landowners. 

We understand and share the value community places on trees and vegetation and we’ll work to minimise impacts. As the construction phase of the project progresses we’ll work with the local Landcare group to improve vegetation in the areas nearby.

While this project will see the removal of some trees including eucalypts, we’ll work closely with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and South Gippsland Shire to ensure appropriate vegetation is provided for the project.

The project will have little or no impact on the Koonwarra fossil site at Minns Road.

We also recognises the importance of cultural heritage and will develop management plans to minimise the project’s impact on cultural heritage.

What happens next?

As preconstruction works are underway, we’ll review existing approvals to ensure they are up to date.

An information session will be held for members of the community who would like to view concept plans and learn more about the project.

We’ll shortlist suitable contractors and expect to award the design and construction contract in early 2018.

Works on the ground will begin in early to mid 2018 and we’ll continue to work with adjacent landowners, the community and stakeholders throughout the project.

Contact us

If you have any queries, or would like to join the mailing list to receive project updates:

Call: VicRoads South Eastern Projects – Traralgon on (03) 5172 2329
Email: [email protected]
Write to: Project Director - South Eastern Projects, PO Box 158 Traralgon Vic 3844
Visit: 120 Kay Street, Traralgon, Victoria

 

Community Drop in Session

Date:        Wednesday 9 August 2017
Time:        2-6pm,
Location:  Koonwarra Hall, Koala Drive, Koonwarra

Key Dates
Milestone Title Milestone Description Milestone Status (Completed/Current/Upcoming
)
Contract Award early 2018 Upcoming
Construction to start early/mid 2018 Upcoming
Construction to finish mid 2021 Upcoming

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