First concrete segment poured for new Grafton Bridge
29 January 2018
It’s only the fifth week into 2018 but already work on the new Grafton bridge is back up and running with the first concrete segment poured last week, Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis has announced.
A total of 176 concrete segments will be built for the $240 million NSW Government funded crossing, with all being made at a purpose built pre-cast concrete yard in South Grafton.
Mr Gulaptis said building the first segment was a significant milestone in the project as it meant the bridge deck would soon start appearing above the Clarence River.
“These segments are 16 metres wide, 2.4 metres long and between three and 4.5 metres tall, weigh between 61 and 75 tonnes and will eventually form the deck of the bridge,” he said.
“They will be stored at the temporary pre-cast yard until the bridge piers are completed, before being installed across the Clarence River from a barge on alternating sides of the bridge piers to balance the load across the pier.
“The segments will then be tied together using thick steel cables and stressing the cables between adjoining sections.”
Mr Gulaptis said the concrete segments were made using two reusable moulds.
“Each of the two moulds are about 18 metres wide, three metres long, and six metres high and are fixed to a concrete slab in the pre-cast concrete yard,” he said.
“Work is progressing well on the bridge project and it is on track to open to traffic in 2019.”