New Grafton bridge - additional crossing of the Clarence River

The NSW Government is funding this $240 million project which involves building an additional 525 metre bridge 70 metres downstream from the existing road and rail bridge. The project also includes upgrading parts of the road network in Grafton and South Grafton to connect the new bridge to the existing road network. The new bridge will consist of two lanes but has been designed to be increased to four lanes when traffic levels require it.

Clarence River crossing at Grafton

Updates and announcements

Work outside of normal construction hours

The new Grafton bridge project will be working outside of normal construction hours on a number of occasions between Monday, 20 November 2017 and Friday, 22 December 2017. The work is necessary because we are pouring concrete to make some of the piles and piers the new bridge will sit on. We have looked at all options to complete the work during a more suitable time, however none are feasible at this time. More information is in this November notification (PDF, 601Kb).

Building activities

Key building activities planned between October and December 2017 include:

  • Continuing vibration, water and dust monitoring
  • Continuing to install erosion and sediment controls
  • Extend the temporary jetty on the south bank of the Clarence River
  • Continue drainage works
  • Start placement of pavement gravels in South Grafton
  • Complete foundation work for the new Pound Street rail viaduct
  • Continue construction of the southern and northern approach embankments
  • Start manufacture of bridge segments
  • Continue piling work and pier construction in the river
  • Start placement of bridge segments
  • Continue building the Kent Street pump station
  • Start upgrading of Clarence Street (west), Bridge Street, Butters Lane and Through Street
  • Complete property adjustments
  • Continue services relocation.

To safely carry out these activities, traffic management, including stop/slow traffic control, road shoulder closures and reduced speed limits may be required.

Project snapshot

  • Contractors: Fulton Hogan
  • Form of contract: Design and construct contract
  • Start date of major construction: November 2016
  • Expected completion date: 2019 (weather permitting)
  • Project value: $240 million.

Project purpose and objectives

  • Enhance road safety for all road users over the length of the project
  • Improve traffic efficiency between and within Grafton and South Grafton
  • Support regional and local economic development
  • Involve all stakeholders and consider their interests
  • Provide value for money
  • Minimise impact on the environment.

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