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

Removal of old Sportsmans Creek Bridge

Roads and Maritime Services is preparing the old Sportsmans Creek Bridge for demolition. Site preparation for the removal of the bridge is underway.

Work to remove the bridge includes;

  • Removing the deck and running sheets
  • Temporary work to stabilise the timber truss spans for lifting with a large crane
  • Removing the approach span on the Lawrence side of the bridge
  • Removal of the piers.

A large barge mounted crane will arrive in mid-April and will be used to lift and transport the truss spans and other bridge components downstream to Harwood docking station where it will be disassembled.

We will be working between 7am and 6pm weekdays and on Saturdays between 8am and 1pm. The work is expected to be completed by the end of April, weather permitting.

A time lapse recording will be made of the bridge removal and be made available to the community as part of archival recording of the bridge.

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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