Ferrovial Construction Australia in JV has been awarded the contract to design and build the proposed new bridge over the Clarence River at Harwood, in New south Wales, Australia. The new 1.5 kilometre bridge will be built 70 metres downstream of the existing bridge and is the longest of more than 100 bridges to be built as part of the 155 km Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade.
The new bridge will have a significant 33 metres clearance above the Clarence River removing the need for bridge lifts and allowing a continuous free flowing highway along this busy stretch of road. The new bridge will also be widened from two to four lanes ensuring the bridge is capable of withstanding future traffic demand. The length of the bridge over the Clarence River will span 620 meters. The new bridge will be a dual carriageway bridge, with two lanes in each direction with 1.52 kilometre length.
There will be local road works at the northern and southern abutments.
This project represents an important change in residential and tourist growth in the area. With a large number of people working on various sections of the upgrade, the construction of the Harwood Bridge will provide another continued source of employment.
The project is an important part of the overall Pacific Highway Upgrade program that aims to expand and improve the safety and efficiency of the key highway connection between Sydney and Brisbane. The construction of the second Clarence River crossing at Harwood is a major milestone in meeting the deadline of completing the duplication of the Pacific Highway by 2020.