RTA goes back to the people

CLARENCE Valley residents will get a chance for further input into the planning process for a second Grafton bridge with the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) planning to hold community meetings about the issue on Thursday and March 16.

The Thursday meetings, which will be held at the Grafton Community Centre between 1pm and 3pm and then again between 6pm and 8pm, will be used to discuss feedback gathered from the RTA’s recent postal survey about potential sites for the second crossing.

Community input will also be sought at these meetings about an upcoming telephone survey about potential crossing options.

The March 16 meetings, which will be held at the same venue and times, will provide a forum for discussions about existing traffic conditions, including heavy vehicle routes.

The extra community meetings have been welcomed by Labor candidate for Clarence Colin Clague, who said community involvement was crucial in getting the right site for the second crossing.

“Discussions on the options for a second crossing at Grafton are a vital way forward for Clarence Valley residents,” Mr Clague said. “The existing crossing of the Clarence River at Grafton was opened to traffic in 1932. The combined rail and road bridge is a heritage item of state and national significance.

“I have previously expressed the view that a second crossing at Grafton should not be built so as to interfere with this iconic feature of the city.”

Mr Clague said the RTA’s current options – excluding those within 500 metres of the current bridge – needed continuing community input to “achieve the best possible social and economic benefit for the community for the years ahead”.

For more information about the meetings and the second Grafton bridge project, visit www.rta.nsw.gov.au/graftonbridge

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