Developing a preferred option

In February 2010, Roads and Maritime Services identified four preliminary options for an additional crossing of the Clarence River in the vicinity of the existing bridge.

In March 2010, Roads and Maritime Services held discussions with the community about the preliminary options. The community identified additional options and ideas both close to and separate from the existing bridge.

In April 2010, the then Minister for Transport and Roads met with some Grafton residents to discuss these investigations.

The Minister asked Roads and Maritime Services to review all issues raised by the community.

At its meeting in September 2010, Clarence Valley Council agreed to request Roads and Maritime Services to survey the people of Grafton and surrounds for their desire as to the position of the new bridge and, if necessary, expand the study area to include other areas for the placement of the bridge.

In December 2010, Roads and Maritime Services announced a revised community consultation process to identify a preferred location for an additional crossing. The December 2010 community update identified 13 preliminary route options which included the additional options previously suggested by the community following the March 2010 community discussions.

A postal survey between December 2010 and March 2011 inviting community comment received a further 28 crossing suggestions, bringing the total of suggested locations to 41.

At community forums in March 2011, Roads and Maritime Services advised the 41 suggested locations would be assessed for their feasibility, to identify those options that would be further considered and investigated.

Of the 41 suggestions, 25 feasible crossing locations have been identified within five strategic corridors. A summary of the feasibility assessment is included in the June 2011 community update and documented in the Feasibility Assessment Report (June 2011).

In January 2012, six options were short-listed (from the 25 preliminary options) for further engineering and environmental investigations. The short-listed options are as follows:

  • E - Cowan Street, South Grafton to Villiers Street, Grafton
  • A - New bridge parallel to and immediately upstream of the existing bridge connecting Bent Street, South Grafton and Fitzroy Street, Grafton
  • C - Junction of Pacific Highway and Gwydir Highway, South Grafton to Pound Street, Grafton
  • 11 - Existing Pacific Highway north of South Grafton to Fry Street, Grafton
  • 14 - Existing Pacific Highway north of South Grafton to North Street, Grafton via Kirchner Street
  • 15 - Existing Pacific Highway north of South Grafton to Summerland Way north of Grafton, via Kirchner Street.

The process undertaken to identify the six short-listed options is included in the Preliminary Route Options Report – Final (January 2012) and the January 2012 community update.

In September 2012, the report on the investigations on the six route options was released for community comment. The Route Options Development Report (September 2012) and the September 2012 community update are now available view or download on the project documents page.

In December 2012, the recommended preferred option was announced for community comment.

Community comment, the investigations undertaken, and the outcomes of a value management workshop helped input to the decision on the recommended preferred route option.

In April 2013, Roads and Maritime Services confirmed the recommended preferred option (Option C) as the preferred option. The Preferred Option and Submissions Report (April 2013) is now available.

A concept design was displayed for community comment in November 2013 prior to the display of the Environmental Impact Statement in August 2014 which also includes a revised concept design.

In December 2014 the project received planning approval.

Early work has now started to prepare for major construction to start in late 2016.

Documents

Preferred Option and Submissions Report

April 2013

Preferred Option and Submissions Report

Main document

December 2012

Recommended Preferred Option Report - Main Report.

Route Options Submissions Report - Appendix 1

December 2012

Recommended Preferred Option Report - Appendix 1, Route Options Submissions Report.

Value Management Option Selection Workshop - Appendix 2

December 2012

Recommended Preferred Option Report - Appendix 2, Value Management Option Selection Workshop.

Option assessment workshop - Appendix 3

December 2012

Recommended Preferred Option Report - Appendix 3, Option assessment workshop.

Second option assessment workshop - Appendix 4

December 2012

Recommended Preferred Option Report - Appendix 4, Second option assessment workshop.

Volume 1, Main Report, Part 1, Chapter1 – 4.12

September 2012

Route Options Development Report – Main report. Describes the assessment of the six route options.

Volume 1, Main Report, Part 2, Drawings

September 2012

Route Options Development Report – Main report. Includes preliminary concept designs maps for the six route options.

Volume 1, Main Report, Part 3, Chapter 5 - 7 and appendices

September 2012

Route Options Development Report – Main report. Describes the assessment of the six route options.

Volume 2, Traffic Assessment Technical Paper

September 2012

Contains technical papers prepared by specialist sub-consultants.

Volume 2, Social and Economic Technical Paper

September 2012

Contains technical papers prepared by specialist sub-consultants.

Volume 2, Strategic Cost Estimates Technical Paper

September 2012

Contains technical papers prepared by specialist sub-consultants.

Volume 2, Economic Evaluation Technical Paper

September 2012

Contains technical papers prepared by specialist sub-consultants.

Volume 2, Noise Assessment Technical Paper

September 2012

Contains technical papers prepared by specialist sub-consultants.

Volume 2, Aboriginal Heritage Technical Paper

September 2012

Contains technical papers prepared by specialist sub-consultants.

Volume 2, Non-Aboriginal Heritage Technical Paper

September 2012

Contains technical papers prepared by specialist sub-consultants.

Volume 3, Ecology Technical Paper

September 2012

Contains technical papers prepared by specialist sub-consultants.

Volume 3, Landscape and Urban Character Technical Paper

September 2012

Contains technical papers prepared by specialist sub-consultants.

Volume 3, Flooding Technical Paper

September 2012

Contains technical papers prepared by specialist sub-consultants.

Volume 3, Geotechnical Assessment Technical Paper

September 2012

Contains technical papers prepared by specialist sub-consultants

UNSW Route Options Development Report: Peer Review

March 2013

Peer review undertaken by The University of New South Wales on the Additional crossing of the Clarence River, Grafton - Route Options Development Report: Peer review of traffic and strategic models, and best practice community consultation.

Supplementary route options report - Final

March 2012

Road user benefit-cost ratio analysis and strategic cost estimates on the 25 preliminary options

Volume 1 Main Report, Part 1

January 2012

Preliminary Route Options Report – Main report. Describes the short-listing process. Part 1 describes the existing environment in the Grafton area and potential issues and constraints relevant to an additional crossing.

Volume 1 Main Report, Parts 2 and 3

January 2012

Preliminary Route Options Report – Main report. Describes the short-listing process. Part 2 assesses the 25 preliminary route options, identified from the June 2011 Feasibility Assessment on the 41 community suggestions, against the project objectives. Part 3 provides a summary of community feedback received and the community and stakeholder evaluation workshop. The process to identify the short-list of options to go forward and the short-listed options are described.

Volume 1 Main Report, Appendices 1 to 3

October 2011

Appendices 1 to 3 - Includes previous studies, design criteria and community feedback.

Volume 1 Main Report, Appendix 4, corridors 1-2

October 2011

Appendix 4 - Preliminary route options drawings for corridors 1 and 2.

Volume 1 Main Report, Appendix 4, corridors 3-4

October 2011

Appendix 4 - Preliminary route options drawings for corridors 3 and 4.

Volume 1 Main Report, Appendix 4, corridor 5

October 2011

Appendix 4 - Preliminary route options drawings for corridor 5.

Volume 1 Main Report, Appendices 5 - 7

January 2012

Appendices 5-7 - Includes Preliminary route options constraint mapping, community and stakeholder evaluation workshop and community feedback.

Volume 2, Strategic Traffic Assessment Technical Paper

November 2011

Strategic Traffic Assessment main report.

Volume 2, Landscape and Urban Character Technical Paper (Part A)

August 2011

Contains technical papers prepared by specialist sub-consultants.

Volume 2, Landscape and Urban Character Technical Paper (Part B)

August 2011

Contains technical papers prepared by specialist sub-consultants.

Volume 2, Social and Economic Technical Paper

January 2012

Contains technical papers prepared by specialist sub-consultants.

Volume 2, Aboriginal Heritage Technical Paper

August 2011

Contains technical papers prepared by specialist sub-consultants.

Volume 2, Non-Aboriginal Heritage Technical Paper

August 2011

Contains technical papers prepared by specialist sub-consultants.

Volume 2, Ecology Technical Paper

August 2011

Contains technical papers prepared by specialist sub-consultants.

Grafton, Clarence River crossing route options map

April 2004

Grafton, Clarence River crossing route options map

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