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

Construction of temporary jetty and pre-cast yard

From early April 2017, work to establish a precast concrete facility and build a temporary jetty will start in South Grafton. The precast concrete facility will be built in the pre-existing industrial area in Through Street, while the temporary jetty will be built approximately 70 metres to the east of the existing Grafton Bridge, between the bridge and Iolanthe Street, and on the south bank of the Clarence River.

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A new digital portal is now available and includes 3D visualisations about the project and animations to explain how the project is being built. This will be continually update with new information.

Building activities

Key building activities planned between May and September 2017 include:

  • Finalising the design
  • Continuing water and dust monitoring
  • Completion of the  flood mitigation work in South Grafton and Grafton
  • Complete the new car park at the corner of Pound and Clarence streets, Grafton
  • Continuing to install erosion and sediment controls
  • Construction of the temporary jetty on the south bank of the Clarence River
  • Establishing the pre-cast yard at Through Street, South Grafton
  • Complete foundation work for the new Pound Street rail viaduct
  • Commence construction of the southern and northern approach embankments
  • Start manufacture of bridge segments
  • Commence piling work and pier construction in the river
  • 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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