Greater Shepparton City Council is currnetly undertaking improvements to Old Dookie Road which will make a valuable economic contribution to the Shepparton and Victorian economy.

The improvements to travel time and accessibility will improve productivity in the freight and logistics industry, attract new investment into industrial areas of Shepparton, improve levels of road safety and reduce the numbers of vehicles in Central Shepparton.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Old Dookie Road being upgraded?

The Hume Region Planning for Freight Pilot report identified Old Dookie Road as one of 16 regionally important local freight routes, and recently the road has been supporting more trucks accessing the Shepparton Alternative Route.

Access to the Shepparton Alternative Route has to support B-Double and High Mass vehicles, Old Dookie Road is currently not designed to accommodate for such vehicles. 

Newly established industries located within the industrial precinct coupled with existing warehousing utilised by SPC, Pental and Campbell's Soups are significantly impacting on the sub-standard Old Dookie Road carriageway which does not comply with the heavy vehicle PBS requirements set by the National Transport Commission (NTC).

Currently in excess of 8,000 vehicles per day use the road of which 11 per cent are deemed heavy vehicles. The high volume of use has already resulted in damage to the road, with increase use anticipated, works need to be undertaken to ensure the road can sustain increased use now and into the future. 

What works will be undertaken?

The reconstruction and widening of Old Dookie Road between Wheeler Street and Doyles Road/Shepparton Alternative Route – Length 670m - from 150m west of Drummond Road to Shepparton Alternative Route.

Works will include:

  • Preliminary works including site establishment, location of services, traffic management set up and setting out.
  • Supply and install drainage.
  • Excavate the road pavement and dispose offsite.
  • Supply and lay kerb and channel and concrete path.
  • Supply, lay and compact new pavement in layers.
  • Supply, lay and compact wearing course (asphalt).
  • Reinstatement of line-marking, and driveways to private properties.
  • Tidy road reserve, nature strips and as preparing and submitting built drawings.

How much is it costing?

Design:  $60,000
Construction: $1,379,000 (including alteration to utilities) 
Total: $1,439,000

The funding for this project has been provided by the Federal Government through a reallocation of funds from the GV Link project and Greater Shepparton City Council.

What are the timelines?

Weather and other site conditions permitting, works are programmed to commence late March and to finish late July.

What roads will be closured during the works?

A traffic management plan will be in place to guide road users to use alternative routes. Due to the nature of the works the traffic conditions are expected to change time to time. During the construction works eastbound traffic will be closed from Wheeler Street to Doyles Road roundabout. Eastbound traffic can use either Wheeler Street or Lockwood Road as alternate routes. Westbound traffic will be open for most of the construction period. Westbound traffic will be able to access all side roads from Old Dookie Road. All traffic from side roads will also be able to access Old Dookie Road - only as westbound traffic.

What will be the suggested alternative routes while construction is occurring?

A traffic management plan will be available on here on Council’s website to assist navigating your way around the works. The traffic management plan will be updated as required to assist with the progressive nature of the works. 

Who is undertaking the works?

Mawson Constructions Pty Ltd, a local contractor, was successful through the tendering process for the major civil works.

Will the work impact on emergency services access?

Emergency services will be functioning as usual and provisions will be made to allow them access along with construction vehicles.

What are the anticipated outcomes?

The proposed improvements to Old Dookie Road will make a valuable economic contribution to the Shepparton and Victorian economy. The improvements to travel time and accessibility will productivity in the freight and logistics industry, attract new investment into industrial areas of Shepparton, improve levels of road safety and reduce the numbers of vehicles in central Shepparton.

How do I find out about project updates?

Project updates will be available in the Latest News section of Council's website, as well as on this page below.

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What if I have further questions?

For further information please contact Pradeep Rajasekaran, Development Engineer for Greater Shepparton City Council on 03 5832 9597 or alternatively contact our Customer Service Team on 03 5832 9700.

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