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 22 January and Monday 30 April, 2018. This work is necessary as we are pouring concrete to make some of the piles and piers the new bridge will sit on as well as the abutments. For these large structures we need to pour concrete during cooler periods, which are generally in the early morning.

More information is available to view or download in the January 2018 notification (PDF, 598Kb).

Building activities

Key building activities planned between January and March 2018 include:

  • Continuing vibration, noise, water and dust monitoring
  • Continuing to install erosion and sediment controls
  • Continue drainage works
  • Continue placement of pavement gravels in South Grafton
  • Continue construction of the southern and northern approach embankments
  • Start manufacturing and placing bridge segments
  • Continue piling work and pier construction in the river
  • Continue building the Kent Street pump station
  • Start upgrading the western side of Clarence Street
  • Continue upgrading Through Street, South Grafton
  • Continue property adjustments
  • Finish 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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