RMS – Clarence River Crossing: New Grafton Bridge – New South Wales - Project Profile
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Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is undertaking the construction of a new bridge on the Clarence River in New South Wales, Australia.
The project involves the construction of a bridge around 70m downstream from the existing bridge and upgrades the road network in Grafton to incorporate it.
The new structure will be around 525m long and 16m wide and will be on a constant 4,500m radius over the Clarence River. The bridge deck will have a lane in each direction for vehicles and a shared path (for pedestrians and cyclists) around 3.1m wide on the western side. B-doubles and semi-trailers will be required to use the proposed bridge, with buses and smaller heavy vehicles able to use either bridge.
The project includes the installation of 25 piles – 15 land and 10 marines.
Arup Pty Ltd and Paterson Consultants PTY Ltd have been appointed as consulting engineers.
In September 2005, investigation works postponed and were restarted in 2009.
RMS (replacing the Roads and Traffic Authority) released a community update which identified four preliminary options for an additional crossing of the Clarence River in the vicinity of the existing bridge in February 2010. A community hearing for preliminary options was held in March 2010.
In December 2010, RMS announced a revised community consultation process to identify a preferred location for an additional crossing. This identified 13 preliminary route options, which included additional options previously suggested by the community following the March 2010 community discussions.
In March 2011, RMS advised the 41 suggested locations to be assessed for their feasibility, to identify those options that will be further considered and investigated. Of the 41 suggestions, 25 feasible crossing locations have been identified within five strategic corridors, which was included in the Feasibility Assessment Report released in June 2011.
In January 2012, six options were shortlisted (from the 25 preliminary options) for further engineering and environmental investigations. The shortlisted options are as follows:
E - Cowan Street, South Grafton to Villiers Street, Grafton
A – A new bridge parallel to and immediately upstream from the existing bridge connecting Bent Street, South Grafton and Fitzroy Street, Grafton
C – The Junction of Pacific Highway and Gwydir Highway, South Grafton to Pound Street, Grafton
11 – The Existing Pacific Highway north of South Grafton to Fry Street, Grafton
14 – The Existing Pacific Highway north of South Grafton to North Street, Grafton via Kirchner Street
15 – The Existing Pacific Highway north of South Grafton to Summerland Way north of Grafton, via Kirchner Street.
In December 2012, the recommended preferred option was announced for community comment.
In April 2013, RMS confirmed Option C as the preferred option.
A concept design was displayed for community comment in November 2013, prior to the display of the Environmental Impact Statement in August 2014.
In December 2014, the project secured planning approval for 70m downstream of the existing Grafton Bridge from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.
As part of planning approvals, the project sought approval to start a number of early work activities during 2015, including geotechnical field investigations, flood studies and mitigation work and the Charles Street (Gwydir Highway) upgrade. The works were completed in October 2015.
In February 2015, the early works started to widen Gwydir Highway from the Pacific Highway to Bent Street to four lanes, to deliver immediate benefits to peak traffic queues at the southern end of the project.
On April 27, 2015, RMS issued a tender inviting Registrations of Interest (ROIs) from contractors to undertake the design and construction of the additional crossing of the Clarence River at Grafton with a closing date of May 19, 2015.
ROIs were submitted by nine groups include:
- Acciona - Ferrovial Joint Venture
- Bielby Hull Albem Joint Venture
- BMD Waterway Clarence River Joint Venture
- Bouygues Construction Australia - Abergeldie Contractors Joint Venture
- Fulton Hogan Construction Pty Ltd
- John Holland Pty Ltd
- Lend Lease
- McConnell Dowell Constructions (Australia) Pty Ltd and
- Rizzani de Eccher Australia Pty Ltd/Seymour Whyte Construction Pty Ltd Joint Venture
In June 2015, geotechnical works were completed.
In August 2015, three firms were shortlisted for design-build contract and are invited to submit a detailed tender including Lend Lease Engineering Pty Ltd, AFVJ Acciona Ferrovial Joint Venture, and Rizzani De Eccher Australia.
In June 2016, NSW government committed US$27 million in the 2016 - 2017 state budget for the project.
In September 2016, Fulton Hogan Construction Pty Ltd has been awarded the construction contract.
In November 2016, preliminary construction works commenced on the project.
On June 17, 2017, The main construction started with Land and marine piling works and slated for completion by June 2018.
On June 20, 2017, NSW government committed US$64 million in the 2017 - 2018 state budget for the project. The main construction started with Land and marine piling works and slated for completion by June 2018.
Construction activities are underway and slated for completion by 2019.
The project involves the construction of a 525m long and 16m wide bridge to be built 70m downstream from the existing bridge on Clarence River in New South Wales, Australia.
The US$180 million project includes the following:
1. Construction of ramps
2. Construction of pedestrian ways
3. Construction of retaining walls
4. Widening of Gwydir Highway
5. Installation of signaling and safety systemsReasons To Buy