Bridge across Clarence River starts to take shape at Harwood

20 December 2017

It was a hive of activity on the Clarence River at Harwood today as work on the new bridge reached another major milestone.

Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis joined representatives from Roads and Maritime Services, Pacific Complete and bridge contractors Acciona Ferrovial Joint Venture this morning to witness the placement of one of 144 u-girders to be installed on the largest bridge as part of the $4.36 billion Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade.

“It’s exciting to see work on the 1.5 kilometre, 36-span bridge is progressing well. To be honest, it’s an engineering marvel,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“Each girder weighs about 168 tonnes and is about 44 metres long. They are the largest bridge pieces to be installed on the 155 kilometre Woolgoolga to Ballina project.

“The installation of the u-girders will steadily get more challenging, with the highest girder on the bridge reaching about 30 metres above the river.

“It’s also pleasing to announce today piling work for the new Harwood Bridge is now complete, with all 117 land and marine piles driven into position in nine months.

“Piling is continuing on other bridges to the north and south of the Clarence River as part of the Woolgoolga to Ballina project,” he said.

Mr Gulaptis said the new bridge will provide a safer road for motorists, reduce the need for highway traffic to stop when the existing bridge is raised for maritime users and support regional development.

“The existing Harwood Bridge will become part of the local road network when the new structure opens, providing an alternative route for residents and businesses.”

The new bridge across the Clarence River at Harwood will open to traffic in 2020.

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