New bridge a step closer

A NEW Grafton bridge is one step closer with the Heritage Council granting conditional approval for its construction.

The Grafton City Chamber of Commerce and Industry bridge spokesman Ron Bell said the chamber welcomed the decision and said it was exciting news for the 27,000 motorists who use the bridge every day.

He said while the approval was conditional, it would allow the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) to take the project to the next stage.

However, the conditions outlined by the Heritage Council will mean a few minor changes need to be made in the preliminary plans already prepared by the RTA.

Mr Bell said the next stage would be the preparation of an environmental impact statement, which was expected to take about 18 months to complete, at an anticipated cost of between $1 million and $1.5m.

State Transport Minister Michael Costa is due to make an announcement shortly confirming the Government's preferred option.

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