New Grafton Bridge Environmental Impact Statement
20 August 2014
New Grafton Bridge Environmental Impact Statement on display
Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay and Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis today urged the community to have a say on the Environmental Impact Statement for the new bridge at Grafton.
“This is the single biggest infrastructure project Grafton has ever seen,” Minister Gay 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.
"We’ve seen strong community interest in this project and I encourage people to examine the document and get involved before the comment period closes on 19 September.”
Mr Gulaptis said technical and environmental investigations had been carried out and the community had been consulted throughout the development of the preferred route and concept design, which will cater for the growing transport needs of the state’s mid-north coast.
“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,” Mg Gulaptis said.
“It would be 458 metres long with local road upgrades linking it across the main river channel.
“The preliminary design improves pedestrian and cyclist links with a dedicated shared path starting at Grafton Shopping World through to the intersection of the highway at south Grafton.”
“It is on display at the Grafton and Maclean libraries, the foyer of Maclean Council, Roads and Maritime's northern region and Pacific Highway offices and also at www.majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au," Mr Gulaptis said.
There will be drop-in sessions at the Grafton Community Information Centre on Wednesday 3 September from 4pm and 7pm and the South Grafton Ex-Serviceman's Club on Thursday 4 September from 9am to 12pm."
Submissions should be addressed to the Director, Infrastructure Projects, Department of Planning and Environment and sent to www.majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au or GPO Box 39 Sydney NSW 2001. Submissions received will be on the Department of Planning and Environment’s website.
View the original media release (PDF)
MEDIA: Siobhan McCarthy 0407 791 802 (Minister Gay)
Chris Gulaptis – 0418 625 715