South Gippsland Highway - Koonwarra

Realigning the South Gippsland Highway between Koonwarra and Meeniyan


$50mof upgrades

2new bridges

9sharp corners removed


The South Gippsland Highway will be realigned on the stretch known locally as the 'Black Spur'. The highway's existing alignment has meant frequent road crashes, freight delays and safety concerns for road users.

A preferred route for the new alignment was chosen more than a decade ago after extensive community consultation and the land was secured when funding was made available.

The project will include:

  • Constructing 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
  • Removing nine sharp corners
  • Constructing two new bridges over the Tarwin River
  • Constructing a highway underpass east of the new Caithness Road intersection for the Great Southern Rail Trail
  • Realigning the Great Southern Rail Trail under the new river bridge at Minns Road
  • Closing of access to the old section of highway to through traffic east of Caithness Road while retaining access for local residents
  • Retaining access to Caithness Road via a new intersection and improvements to the existing intersection at Minns Road
  • Installing safety barriers in accordance with Safe System principles.

These upgrades will reclassify the highway as to being an ‘A’ class standard road.  The project will also investigate other safety improvements between Meeniyan and Yarram.

Fixing this part of the highway will reduce the road toll as part of the Victorian Government's 'Towards Zero' plan


The South Gippsland Highway road safety improvements are being delivered by the Major Road Projects Authority. Visit the project website for more information.

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