Grafton Bridge additional crossing of the Clarence


Project overview

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.

Bridge opening

The new Grafton bridge opened to traffic on Thursday 12 December.

Find out more about the new traffic arrangements. (PDF, 1.16 MB)

Read our frequently asked questions. (PDF, 302.01 KB)

New Grafton bridge community day

Thousands of people turned out to walk across the bridge on Sunday 8 December.

Final segment placed

The project reached a major milestone in August with the placement of the final bridge segment.

With the last of the 176 pre-cast segments in place, there is now a 525-metre continuous span from the southern bank to the northern bank of the Clarence River.

3D animation

How the bridge will look once complete

See how the bridge will look once complete and check out other digital information about the project.

Project information

New bridge now open to traffic

The new $240 million Grafton bridge recently open to traffic, with a number of new traffic changes in place (PDF, 1.16 MB).

Building activities

Key building activities planned between January and March 2020 include:

  • Continue building the roundabout at the intersection of the Pacific and Gwydir highways in South Grafton
  • Continue landscaping
  • Reinstate the flood levee wall on the northern embankment of the Clarence River 
  • Reopen Greaves Street to through traffic
  • Start building the central concrete median on Iolanthe Street, South Grafton.

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.

Developing a new flood model

Flood mitigation

View the new video about the work to minimise the impact on flooding.

Project documents

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Contact us

For further information about this project, please contact:

Phone: (02) 6640 1331


Mail: PO Box 576, Grafton NSW 2460