Grafton Shoppingworld’s RTA display showing details of the four options the authority has nominated for an additional crossing of the Clarence River in Grafton. The display, which is staffed part-time, includes a computer-generated video presentation of the routes.
Grafton Shoppingworld’s RTA display showing details of the four options the authority has nominated for an additional crossing of the Clarence River in Grafton. The display, which is staffed part-time, includes a computer-generated video presentation of the routes.

Have your say on bridge options

THE RTA’s nominated ‘best’ route for Grafton’s as yet unfunded future bridge, ‘Option D’, could require the acquisition of about 22 houses.

This and much more will be discussed at today’s information sessions at the Grafton Community Centre in Duke Street – the first from 10am till noon and the latter from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

Today’s sessions are open to all comers but people will have to register (1800 633 332) if they want to take part in next week’s community workshops on the options to be held on Thursday, March 11, at 10am and 6.30pm.

The Daily Examiner asked several questions of the RTA yesterday, including how wide the roads would be for each of the proposals and how many houses would need to be purchased for each, but the response did not answer these.

“The Grafton Bridge options currently on display are based on traffic modelling only and are subject to change pending feedback from the current public consultation and through further investigations,” the RTA statement said.

“During this consultation period residents can identify other options in the study area for further consideration by the RTA.

“At the end of this display all suggestions will be looked at as part of the next phase of the project, due to start in April.

“This will include environmental investigations looking at the engineering and social impacts. Later this year there will be a display of concept route options.

“These will give the community more information about the number of possible property acquisitions, strategic cost estimates, engineering details, lane configurations, environmental constraints and what the finished project could look like.

“The video currently playing on the display stand is intended to show traffic modelling only and not what a bridge or its approaches would ultimately look like.



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