Artist's impression of the new Grafton Bridge.
Artist's impression of the new Grafton Bridge.

YOUR SAY: New bridge will be an asset

THERE seems to be a division of thought throughout the Valley related to the bypassing of the City of Grafton by the new Pacific Highway, whatever the misgivings some have or the positive thoughts of others.

The fate of Grafton, like many other towns along the route, has been decided, a case of 'fait accompli'.

Living beside the highway gives a good insight into what is actually through traffic. Heavy road transport is the lifeblood of the nation.

They thunder through 24/7 hauling the necessities of life and are already bypassing Grafton, Maclean, Ballina and other towns to the Queensland border.

The bumper to bumper holiday traffic is mostly concerned with reaching coastal destinations and a quick stop for fuel and a snack at South Grafton is the sum total of their visit.

While the position of the new bridge over the Clarence at Grafton will be a win win for local traffic as well as travellers, the route through to the northern section of town onto the Summerland Way will no doubt draw the crows. Some residents are going to be affected by through traffic from both North and South.

This Valley has always been more or less self contained without relying on passing traffic for it's sustenance, and now will be the time to promote its many wonderful assets. The new bridge across the Clarence will be one of those assets.

Fred Perring, Halfway Creek



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