Lawrence - Sportsmans Creek - Bridges for the Bush

Roads and Maritime Services has built a new bridge over Sportsmans Creek at Lawrence.

New Sportsmans Creek Bridge looking west
New Sportsmans Creek Bridge looking west

Updates and announcements

Repair work to start on boat ramp

The boat ramp is an important facility for the local community and Roads and Maritime will start work to repair the damage caused during the building of the new bridge on Monday 8 October 2018.

The work will include:

  • reshaping and inclusion of foundation material
  • installation of a new concrete ramp
  • minor roadwork.

The new boat ramp will be about 4.5 metres wide and extend a further four metres into the river.

Our working hours will be between 7am and 6pm on weekdays and the repair work will take around two months to complete, weather permitting.

Opening of the new bridge

The new Sportsmans Creek Bridge opened to traffic on Monday, 26 February 2018 by local member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis. On the day, local public school captains Noah Anderson and Bethany Chambers assisted in planting a tree and cutting the ribbon.

The existing timber bridge has been closed to vehicle traffic, and will remain closed until it is removed in 2019.

Bridge opened on 26 February 2018 by Chris Gulaptis, MP for Clarence
Bridge opened on 26 February 2018 by Chris Gulaptis, MP for Clarence
School captains Noah Anderson & Bethany Chambers assisting
School captains Noah Anderson & Bethany Chambers assisting

Project background

The existing (timber) Sportsmans Creek Bridge is located at the southern approach to Lawrence on Bridge Street, which connects to Grafton-Lawrence Road. Due to its geometry and design limitations, the existing timber bridge is unable to be safely or cost-effectively serviced and upgraded to cater for future requirements of surrounding agricultural industries, local traffic and pedestrian access.

Decision made to remove the existing bridge

After considering the public submissions received during the July/August 2016 display period, Roads and Maritime has determined the review of environmental factors (REF) and announced its decision to remove the existing bridge. The removal work will be carried out with strict adherence to environmental controls.

submissions report is available showing responses to all questions and comments raised. The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) has reviewed both the submissions report and the REF for the removal of the existing bridge and agree that the environmental mitigation measures proposed are appropriate, provided certain conditions are met. Those conditions are explained in the concurrence letter.

Bridges for the Bush initiative

The new Sportsmans Creek Bridge is part of the Bridges for the Bush initiative - a NSW Government commitment to improving road freight productivity by replacing or upgrading bridges throughout regional New South Wales.

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