Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Bridge Work under Way; Surveys Help Prepare for Construction

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Bridge Work under Way; Surveys Help Prepare for Construction

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EARLY work has started to provide important information for the design for the new bridge over the Clarence River at Harwood.

Drilling and investigation work will be carried out until December, weather permitting, along the route of the new bridge, which will be built about 20m east of the existing Harwood Bridge.

The bridge will be the longest of more than 100 to be built as part of the $4.36billion, 155km Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Hwy upgrade.

Investigations and early work will involve drilling about 72 boreholes, with 26 proposed to be drilled from a barge on the Clarence River.

Strict environmental controls will be in place while work is carried out.

The investigations are required to confirm the ground conditions below the new bridge supports for the 1.5km-long, four-lane bridge, which will have a 30m clearance from the river.

Work will be carried out from 7am-6pm on weekdays and 8am-5pm on Saturdays. It will progress from the northern side of the river towards the southern bank. …

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