Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Construction of new bridge over the Clarence at Harwood continues

Media Release

MM006/2018

15 March 2018

Joint release with:

Melinda Pavey

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight

Kevin Hogan

Federal Member for Page

Chris Gulaptis

NSW Member for Clarence

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack joined Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan today to view progress on construction of a new bridge across the Clarence River at Harwood.

Mr McCormack said once open the new bridge would improve safety and efficiency on the Pacific Highway by removing the need to stop traffic while the current truss bridge's lift span is raised to give high vessels safe passage on the river.

“This 1.5-kilometre crossing is one of the crown jewels of the Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway upgrade and the ongoing installation of concrete girders, each up to 44 metres long, is an impressive project,” Mr McCormack said.

New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the 144 girders would continue to be installed over the next six months.

“The milestones keep coming for this transformational project, with girder installation ongoing following the completion of all 117 land and marine piles late last year,” Mrs Pavey said.

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the bridge would be the largest to be built as part of the 155-kilometre Woolgoolga to Ballina section.

“The existing Harwood Bridge will become part of the local road network when the new bridge opens, providing an alternative route for residents and businesses,” Mr Hogan said.

New South Wales Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis said each girder weighed about 168 tonnes.

“The installation of the u-girders will steadily get more challenging, with the highest girder on the bridge reaching about 30 metres above the river,” Mr Gulaptis said.

The new bridge across the Clarence River at Harwood will open to traffic in 2020. The Australian and New South Wales governments are jointly funding the Woolgoolga to Ballina project on an 80:20 basis.