Bridge options still being investigated: RTA



THE money has been set aside, the investigations are underway and community consultation is extensive, but a preferred route for Grafton's new bridge is still yet to be decided.

In yesterday's Daily Examiner, Ron Bell, a key figure in Grafton's push for a new bridge, said he was ready to withdraw his support for the project because of inaction on the part of the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) and the Clarence Valley's key representatives.

However, RTA spokesperson Gavin Atkins said the proposals put forward at the May workshop required further investigation, including analysis of a three or four lane bridge; consultation with the local Aboriginal Land Council and consultation with the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC).

Mr Atkins said a preferred route for the new bridge would be announced once these groups had been consulted and approval was granted from the NSW Heritage Office.

He did not indicate when this may be.



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