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

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New Pound Street rail bridge slots into place

The new Grafton bridge project has reached a new milestone with the old rail bridge over Pound Street demolished and the new rail bridge installed. The project team worked for 72 hours straight to complete the job over the June long weekend.

The demolition of the old bridge started at 2am on Saturday and continued until night, when preparation began for the installation of the new 42-metre steel truss bridge.

This immensely complex task took months of planning and is a vital part of the new $240 million Grafton bridge project.


 

Updates and announcements

Work to improve the roundabout at the intersection of Villiers and Pound streets

When the new Grafton bridge is complete, the intersection of Villiers and Pound streets will become part of the new Summerland Way. Work to improve the intersection is underway and will be carried out over the coming months. The work will extend the life of the existing roundabout and reduce the need for ongoing maintenance.

For more information please view the project notification (PDF, 74Kb).

Project update - Pound Street rail bridge

The Queen’s Birthday long weekend (8 – 10 June) will be busy for the project team with the replacement of the rail bridge over Pound Street occurring. It is a huge task to demolish and rebuild a 42 metre long rail bridge in 72 hours. Months of planning has been carried out and every hour accounted for. For more information please view the May 2019 project update (PDF, 1.56Mb).

Work ramps up on the northern side of the Clarence River as part of the new Grafton Bridge project

Work is moving to the northern bank of the river in preparation to lift bridge segments into place.

For more information please view the project notification (PDF 239Kb).

Work outside of normal construction hours

To complete the bridge pier structures and segment installation on the northern side of the bridge the project team will be working outside of normal construction hours from Monday 8 April for four months.

For more information please view the project notification (PDF 315Kb).

Work outside of normal construction hours for the Pound Street rail bridge from 8 April to 12 May

Replacement of the rail bridge over Pound Street is a critical part of the new Grafton Bridge project. We are only able to replace it over the June long weekend (8 -10 June) as this is the only time during the year that NSW rail lines will be closed for three days.

To be prepared for the June long weekend the rail bridge needs to be fully constructed at least one month prior to being installed. To meet this requirement we have to work outside normal construction hours.

For more information please view the project notification (PDF 128Kb).

February 2019 project update

For more information view the February 2019 project update (PDF, 1.32Mb).

Work outside of normal construction hours for the new Grafton Bridge project

To complete the bridge pier structures at piers 6, 7 and 8, work outside of normal construction hours will be required five times between December and February 2019.

For more information please view the project notification (PDF, 126Kb).

New access road linking South Grafton and the Pacific Highway to open

As part of the new Grafton bridge project, the new access road linking the South Grafton business precinct to the Pacific Highway will open to traffic on Friday, 18 January. View or download the access road opening notification (PDF, 278Kb).

Traffic changes

  • No right turn into Spring/Iolanthe streets from the Pacific Highway (southbound highway traffic will need to use the new access road intersection with the highway)
  • No left or right turn out of Iolanthe Street onto the Pacific Highway (traffic will need to use Iolanthe Street and the new access road or the Gwydir Highway (Charles St) intersection to access the Pacific Highway).

Pound Street temporarily reduced to one lane between Kent and Bridge streets

As part of the new Grafton bridge project, building work to prepare the northern approach to the new bridge is being carried out. Pound Street will be temporarily reduced to one lane between Kent and Bridge streets.

The temporary one lane closure with a 40km/hr speed limit and give way sign will be in place for about three months.

View or download the project notification (PDF, 261Kb) for more information.

Ongoing out of hours work for precast yard

The Grafton bridge project team has been working outside of normal construction hours since February 2018 to increase the number bridge segments it can build each week. A total of 176 segments are required for the new bridge. From Monday 6 August until mid-2019, the project team will continue to work extended hours. This notification (PDF, 122Kb) provides further information.

Changes to Pound and Clarence streets

From Monday, 14 May we will be making some sections of Clarence and Pound streets one-way as we upgrade the roads. Detour signage is in place and access to businesses and properties will be maintained. This change is expected to be in place until early 2019. This May notification (PDF, 265Kb) provides further information.

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.

View or download the:

Please contact the project team if you have any questions.

Building activities

Key building activities planned between July and September 2019 include:

  • complete placing bridge segments
  • start parapet and barrier installation on the bridge
  • start construction of the noise wall
  • start upgrading the Villiers and Pound streets roundabout
  • complete the Kent Street pump station and outlet pipes
  • complete the upgrade of Iolanthe Street and the section of Spring Street between the Pacific Highway and the rail viaduct
  • continue building the new Gwydir Highway roundabout
  • continue landscaping across the project
  • complete drainage work and upgrade of section of Bridge Street.

To safely carry out these activities traffic management including stop/slow traffic control, road shoulder closures and reduced speed limits may be required.

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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