Update - April 2024 

The contract for construction has now been awarded with works expected to start in early May 2024. It is anticipated works will be completed and the overtaking lane operational by mid-2025. 

Traffic impacts 

Traffic management will be in place with a reduced speed limit (down to 40km/h at times) to allow you to safely navigate the area whilst works are being undertaken.

Delays of up to five minutes are expected so please plan ahead. Please drive to the conditions for the safety of our workers and other road users.

Vegetation removal 

The overtaking lane has been designed to limit the extent of vegetation clearing as much as is possible, however a significant amount of native vegetation will need to be removed to make way for the new overtaking lane.

We’ve undertaken targeted surveys and investigations to identify the required native vegetation offsets and controls to be implemented to minimise flora and fauna impact.

As part of the native vegetation offsets for this project, vegetation offset sites with suitable fauna habitat have been permanently secured within Gippsland. 

Overview

The Strzelecki Highway is a key link for communities and industries within South Gippsland and Latrobe Valley and provides a connection to the Princes Highway East.

The Highway crosses the Strzelecki Ranges resulting in a mountainous and winding road with a lack of overtaking opportunities due to restricted sight lines and the volume of on-coming traffic. Currently there are no northbound overtaking lanes between Mirboo North and Morwell on the Strzelecki Highway. 

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Details

The proposed upgrades include:

  • Construction of a northbound overtaking lane on the Strzelecki Highway between Mirboo North and Morwell near Creamery Road
  • A right-hand turn lane into Creamery Road
  • Inclusion of left-hand side and centreline safety barriers where practical

Benefits

  • Opportunity for vehicles to overtake in a safe and planned way
  • Reduced number of crashes and casualties including fatalities and serious injuries  

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