Bridge over the Clarence River at Harwood
The Australian and NSW governments are jointly funding the $4.36 billion Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade. As part of the upgrade, a new bridge will be built over the Clarence River at Harwood.
Upcoming work for the new bridge
The new bridge will be built about 20 metres east of the existing Harwood Bridge. Work to be carried out in the next three to six months includes:
- Vegetation clearing
- Changes to local traffic conditions including speed reductions around the Yamba interchange, on the existing Harwood Bridge and River Road Building the northern and southern bridge approaches
- Building the northern and southern bridge approaches
- Starting to install the columns and headstocks on land and marine
- Starting to make the girders on site at the new precast yard
- Continuing permanent piling on land and in the river
- Installing pilecaps and girders
- Building the new Oval Link Road
- Ongoing community consultation.
Upcoming out of hours work
The project team is sometimes required to carry out activities outside of standard construction hours. Potential out of hours work includes:
- Concrete pours
- Maintenance of plant equipment
- Transport and placement of large bridge components.
All activities listed may not be required to be carried out outside of standard construction hours. The project team will contact affected residents as required to confirm the timing of the activity before starting out of hours work.
Check out our new video of the new bridge over the Clarence River at Harwood.
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- Start of early work for the new Harwood Bridge (August 2016)
- Start of investigation work for the new Harwood Bridge (August 2016)
- Building and working at the Harwood Bridge compound (September 2016)
- Feedback on the proposed Watts Lane compound and on-off ramp closure at Harwood (December 2016)
- Bridge over the Clarence River at Harwood Community Update (May 2017)
Brief history of the project
September 2017: Aquila barge arrived at site
August 2017: First headstock poured
July 2017: Leanora barge arrived at site
July 2017: Completed construction of the temporary jetty
May 2017: The first permanent marine pile for the new bridge was driven into the riverbed
May 2017: Rebecca Lily barge arrived at site
April 2017: The first permanent land pile for the new bridge was driven into the ground
December 2016: Started building the Watts Lane site compound
November 2016: Community consultation and public display of the draft urban design and landscape plan
October 2016: Closure of the southbound on and off ramp at Harwood
September 2016: Community consultation undertaken on the proposed site compound location and proposed traffic changes
August 2016: Preferred site compound area is proposed on the north side of the Clarence River at Harwood and geotechnical investigations begin on land and in the Clarence River
November 2013: Submissions/Preferred Infrastructure Report (SPIR)
December 2012: Woolgoolga to Ballina Environmental Impact Statement