Grafton Bridge approved: work to start in early 2015

22 December 2014

Minister for Roads and Freight and Minister for the North Coast  Duncan Gay and Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis today announced work would start early next year on the second crossing of the Clarence River at Grafton.

“The Department of Planning and Environment  has given the green light to build a second river crossing,” Minister Gay said.

“This approval allows us to start work to address existing traffic issues around the intersection of the Gwydir and Pacific highways at Charles Street early next year.

“I am proud the NSW Liberals & Nationals is delivering on its commitments – because unlike former Governments our election commitments are non-negotiable.

“It will be built about 70 metres downstream of the existing Grafton Bridge, connecting the Pacific and Gwydir highways at South Grafton with Villiers Street in Grafton, via Pound Street.

“This work includes widening the Gwydir Highway between the Pacific Highway and Bent Street to four lanes, which will deliver immediate benefits to traffic flow.

“Other work carried out ahead of major construction includes surveys and investigations to help inform the detailed design.”

Mr Gulaptis said the NSW Government had allocated $185 million to build the project.

This is the single biggest infrastructure project Grafton has ever seen – and now work can start on the second Grafton Bridge,” Mr Gulaptis 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 additional crossing is vital to easing current and future traffic demand on the existing bridge and enhance safety for road users,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“The second Grafton Bridge will be about  450 metres long with parts of Iolanthe Street, Pound Street and Villiers Street becoming the Summerland Way.

“Work will also be carried out on some surrounding roads to enable the new bridge to fit into the local road network.

“Roads to be widened to four lanes include the Gwydir Highway between Bent Street and the Pacific Highway, Iolanthe Street and Pound Street between Villiers Street and the approach to the new bridge.

“There will be intersection upgrades at the Pacific Highway and Iolanthe Street, Pacific Highway and Gwydir Highway, Through Street and Iolanthe Street and Spring streets.

“Traffic signals to improve road safety for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians will be installed at the intersection of Pound and Clarence streets near Grafton TAFE.

“Signalised pedestrian crossings will also be installed at Iolanthe Street and the Gwydir Highway to facilitate safe crossings for pedestrians and cyclists.

“Once built, B-doubles and semi-trailers will be required to use the new bridge. Buses, emergency vehicles, smaller heavy vehicles and local traffic can use either bridge.

“The existing bridge will be retained with one northbound lane and one southbound lane.”

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