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

Pound Street temporarily reduced to one lane between Kent and Bridge streets

As part of the new Grafton bridge project, building work to prepare the northern approach to the new bridge is being carried out. Pound Street will be temporarily reduced to one lane between Kent and Bridge streets.

The temporary one lane closure with a 40km/hr speed limit and give way sign will be in place for about three months.

View or download the project notification (PDF, 261Kb) for more information.

Ongoing out of hours work for precast yard

The Grafton bridge project team has been working outside of normal construction hours since February 2018 to increase the number bridge segments it can build each week. A total of 176 segments are required for the new bridge. From Monday 6 August until mid-2019, the project team will continue to work extended hours. This notification (PDF, 122Kb) provides further information.

Work outside of normal construction hours

The new Grafton bridge project team will be working outside of normal construction hours to pour concrete for the top sections of the remaining marine and land piers. The team will do this up to seven times between June and the end of 2018. This notification (PDF, 122Kb) provides further information.

Changes to Pound and Clarence streets

From Monday, 14 May we will be making some sections of Clarence and Pound streets one-way as we upgrade the roads. Detour signage is in place and access to businesses and properties will be maintained. This change is expected to be in place until early 2019. This May notification (PDF, 265Kb) provides further information.

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, 14 May and Saturday, 22 December 2018. This work is so we can enable traffic switches, build driveways to business, build new footpaths, connect services and build pavement. More information is available in this May notification (PDF, 63.3Kb).

Release of operational noise reports

The New Grafton bridge project recently commissioned two reports to compare the predicted future road traffic noise levels from the new bridge to those reported in the Environment Impact Statement (EIS) which was published in 2014.

These reports, the Operational Noise Report (ONR) and the Detailed Noise Modelling and Assessment for At-Property Mitigation (DNMA) are now available to the public.

View or download the:

Please contact the project team if you have any questions.

Building activities

Key building activities planned between October and December 2018 include:

  • complete construction of the southern and northern bridge embankments
  • continue placing  bridge segments
  • complete piling work
  • complete pier construction
  • continue building the Kent Street pump station
  • continue upgrading the section of Pound Street between Clarence and Villiers streets due to be completed in early 2019
  • complete upgrade of Clarence Street between the Craig and Pound streets
  • begin upgrade of Iolanthe Street and the section of Spring Street between the Pacific Highway and the rail viaduct
  • prepare for the start of building the new Gwydir Highway roundabout
  • continue landscaping across the project
  • start fabrication of the Pound Street steel truss rail bridge in Sydney and complete its ground beams and columns on site.

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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