Yarrawonga - Mulwala Bridge planning study

In 2009 VicRoads commissioned a planning study to identify options for a new bridge and approaches within the townships of Yarrawonga and Mulwala.

Project update 

We are now in the final stages of the planning process. This third phase involves preparing an Environmental Effects Statement (EES) Referral for submission by October 2017. This is an important step as it will determine whether a full Environmental Effects Statement is required as part of the planning approval process. 

To find out more:

Read the Yarrawonga-Mulwala Bridge newsletter [PDF 294Kb] for a comprehensive update of the project.

Community Drop in Sessions :

Date:         Saturday 2 September 2017
Time:        9.30am - 12.00noon
Location:  Foodworks Mulwala, 51 Melbourne Street, Mulwala   

Date:        Thursday 7 September 2017
Time:        9.30am - 12.00noon
Location:  Lions Club Kiosk, Belmore Street, Yarrawonga, 

Project Background 

Since 2009, VicRoads has led a planning study in partnership with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and in conjunction with the community, government agencies and industry to determine the best option for a new Yarrawonga-Mulwala Bridge crossing over the Murray River at Lake Mulwala. 

In late 2015, the Victorian and the NSW Governments announced their preferred option for the new bridge alignment and connection to the Murray Valley Highway in Victoria. The option was chosen after extensive social, economic, land-use, environmental and cultural heritage assessments. 

Lake Mulwala is a popular boating, fishing, canoeing and swimming location that draws holiday makers to the Yarrawonga community every year. For locals, it is an important spot for recreation and relaxation. That is why ensuring we make the best decision about the new bridge alignment is significant for the local community. 

The new connection will incorporate an upgrade of the existing section of Irvine Parade between the bridge and Orr Street, and construction of a new road south from Orr Street to the highway, between the railway line and Sharp Street. 

The new road will provide a freight route between New South Wales and Murray Valley Highway connection, removing heavy truck traffic from Belmore Street. Traffic modelling shows a 32 percent reduction in the number of vehicles on Belmore Street between Piper Street and Orr Street once this new route is established.  

Image map of the bridge option at Yarrawonga Mulwala


View a larger version of the Yarrawonga-Mulwala Bridge map [JPEG 496Kb]

Key benefits of the bridge alignment and Murray Valley Highway connection 

  • Provides the shortest travel route for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles between Melbourne and Belmore Street. 
  • Provides direct access to theYarrawonga foreshore supporting tourism
  • Removes through-traffic and reduces congestion in Belmore Street
  • Provides an alternative freight route removing trucks from Belmore Street
  • Provides people in the residential areas east of Belmore Street with good access to the bridge
  • Maintains the existing conditions in Melbourne Street, Mulwala
  • Maintains the walking/cycling loop between the new bridge and weir crossings
  • Provides equitable and ongoing access to services, businesses and tourist facilities.
  • Encourages sustainable transport options such as walking and cycling
  • Improves town amenity.

Next Steps

Following the outcome of the EES Referral process, VicRoads will commence a planning scheme amendment to secure the route. 

Contact us

Call: VicRoads on 13 11 71
Email: [email protected]
Write to: Regional Director, North Eastern VicRoads, PO Box 135 Benalla, VIC 3672

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