The Grafton Bridge routes as proposed by the RTA.
The Grafton Bridge routes as proposed by the RTA.

RTA outlines new bridge options

CLARENCE Valley residents will be asked to evaluate four options the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) has provided for a second bridge across the Clarence River at Grafton.

The RTA has set up audio-visual displays at a number of sites around the Valley that show the effects of the different bridges on traffic flow in Grafton while offering a comparison with the current single crossing.

The four options can be split into two ideas.

Options A and B provide for a bridge built either upstream or downstream close to the current bridge. The new bridge would mirror the shape of the current bridge and carry three to four lanes of traffic. Traffic flow on the current bridge would be one lane.

Options C and D call for a bridge around 100 metres downstream of the current crossing. With these options the current bridge use would remain unchanged, except that all heavy vehicle traffic would be directed on the route across the second bridge.

The RTA described versions A and B as ‘older’ and said that although they would work well in the short term, they would create problems eventually as they use existing road connections.

The new C and D alternatives have the advantage of creating alternative traffic routes into Grafton and South Grafton.

Yesterday the bridge project manager Stephen Williamson and RTA communications manager Sonia George were setting up a display of the options in Grafton Shoppingworld.

It will be manned by RTA staff today from 10am to 7pm and on Saturday from 10am to 1pm.

There also will be an information session in the Grafton Community Centre in Duke Street on March 3 from 10am to noon or 6.30pm to 8.30pm and community workshops on March 11 from 10am to noon or 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

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