Next step to delivering the Grafton Bridge project

17 November 2014

Clarence MP, Chris Gulaptis is inviting the community to view a submissions report which responds to feedback provided by the community on the display of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed new bridge across the Clarence River at Grafton.

“In this year’s budget $177 million was reserved under Restart NSW – the state’s dedicated regional infrastructure fund – towards building the second Grafton Bridge.

This is the single biggest infrastructure project Grafton has ever seen,” he said.

“This is something Labor has talked about for years and in our first term we are delivering for the businesses and community of Grafton.

The new Grafton Bridge will help relieve congestion, provide an additional crossing suitable for heavy vehicles and the growing transport needs of the Clarence Valley and improve safety for all road users.

Community feedback provided during August and September to the bridge proposal covered a range of issues important to the community.

"I thank those community members who provided feedback," Mr Gulaptis said.

"We’ve seen strong community interest in this project and I invite people to view responses to the important feedback provided.”

The Grafton Bridge proposal is being assessed as a state significant infrastructure project by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.

“The preferred route for the new crossing is located about 70 metres downstream of the existing Grafton Bridge and connects the Pacific and Gwydir highways at South Grafton, with Villiers Street in Grafton, via Pound Street,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“It will be 458 metres long with local road upgrades linking it across the main river channel.”

The submissions report is available at and on the Roads and Maritime website at

For further information about the project or to request a hard copy of the submissions report contact the Roads and Maritime Grafton Bridge project team on 1800 633 332 or email

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