Bridge submissions closed

THE debate about where to locate a second Grafton bridge has generated 339 submissions to the RTA and the official window for preliminary feedback has now closed.

Several route options for a second bridge were put forward by the RTA in February.

No funding for a new bridge has been announced and doubts have been raised about whether the estimated $200 million project will be funded until the Pacific Highway upgrade is completed.

An RTA statement said community workshops on the issue were well attended by local residents and businesses.

The statement said more detailed route options for the bridge would be on public display by mid-2010 for further community feedback.

Studies prior to 2004 determined the majority of traffic crossing the bridge is travelling into or out of Grafton or South Grafton.

The 2009 traffic report reconfirmed the most practical option for the majority of people of Grafton and South Grafton is a second crossing somewhere in the locality of the existing bridge.

A group calling itself the Working Party of Concerned Citizens has launched a campaign to make the RTA reconsider its study area for bridge options and move any future crossing outside of Grafton’s CBD.



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