About this project
Roads and Maritime Services carried out investigations for a new bridge over the Clarence River, including the removal of the existing structure. The study area for the project is located on the Bruxner Highway incorporating the village of Tabulam and the Clarence River.
The objectives of the project are:
- Enhance road safety for all road users over the length of the project, including improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists. Investigate and determine the appropriate treatment for pedestrians and cyclists on the new structure
- Remove the existing bridge
- Improve traffic efficiency
- Improve road transport productivity and reliability
- Support regional and local economic development including improved opportunity for economic and tourist development for Tabulam
- Provide a value for money solution
- Minimise impact on the natural, social and built environment
- Coordinate construction traffic to minimise its impact and damage to the existing structure and to make allowance for potential maintenance work that may need to be conducted during the course of this project
- Involve all stakeholders and consider their interests
- Consider constructability impact
- Consider Work Health and Safety impact of the project options.
The preferred route (option D) was announced in May 2014 as it provides the best overall balance between functional, environmental and economic considerations. The preferred route option was identified following consideration of the technical investigations, community feedback and the outcomes of the value management workshop.
The Review of Environmental Factors (REF) was determined in late 2015 for the project to proceed, subject to the State Heritage delisting for the existing bridge. Please see the REF report and the Submissions report.