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

Latest project update

The April 2018 project update (PDF, 797Kb) is now available. Find out what has been happening on the project and our plans for upcoming work.

Community information session

The project will hold a community information session at Grafton Shoppingworld from 3:30pm – 6:30pm on Thursday, 12 April. Members of the project team will be available to update residents and answer any questions they might have about the project.

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.

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Please contact the project team if you have any questions.

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 April and June include:

  • continuing utility relocation
  • continuing drainage work
  • continue manufacture of bridge segments
  • start piling for additional piles at piers 7 and 8
  • continue building the Kent Street pump station
  • start upgrade of Pound and Clarence streets
  • continuing pier construction in the river
  • start foundation work for the new Pound Street rail viaduct
  • continue construction of the northern approach embankment
  • continue building the new road behind Bunnings.

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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