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


We’re realigning a stretch of the South Gippsland Highway between Koonwarra and Meeniyan, locally known as the Black Spur.

The way the road bends on this part of the highway has resulted in frequent run-off-road crashes, freight delays and safety concerns.

To fix this, the Australian and Victorian Government has invested $115.2 million to realign the highway and make it easier and safer for you to travel through the area.

A preferred route has been chosen after extensive community consultation.

CPB Contractors has been awarded the contract to deliver the upgrade. Major construction started on the project in early 2020.

The images below are an artist's impressions of the new Black Spur route.

Artist's impression of new Black Spur alignment
Artist's impression of new Black Spur alignment

As part of the project, we will:

  • build 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
  • remove nine sharp corners
  • build two new bridges over the Tarwin River
  • build an 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
  • close off access to the old section of highway to through traffic east of Caithness Road while retaining access for local residents
  • keep access to Caithness Road by a new intersection and upgrades to the existing intersection at Minns Road
  • install safety barriers.

The project will also investigate other possible safety upgrades between Meeniyan and Yarram.

South Gippsland Highway - Koonwarra

Removing nine sharp corners

2 new bridges

$115.2 million investment

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