Community members are invited to view the detailed design for the new Sportsmans Creek Bridge to be built at Lawrence. Clarence MP, Chris Gulaptis said the new bridge aimed to improve traffic flow along Lawrence Road, an important haulage route for local cane farmers and an alternative route to the Pacific Highway for motorists. “The existing bridge is 5.5 metres wide and restricts oversized traffic to one lane, creating a significant pinch point for heavy vehicles,” Mr Gulaptis said. “A new bridge will be built about 100 metres upstream of the existing structure and will connect Grafton Street and Lawrence Road. “A footpath will be built on the eastern side of the bridge to encourage pedestrian activity and provide a safe crossing for residents visiting Flo Clark Park. “New access will be provided to the boat ramp as well as properties along Grafton Street.” Mr Gulaptis said tenders to build the new bridge are being assessed. “It is expected work will start on the new bridge in the first half of this year, weather permitting,” he said. “To ensure Sportmans Creek remains a beautiful waterway for the community strict environmental management controls will be in place. “Roads and Maritime Services will continue to maintain the existing bridge, which will close once the new bridge is open to traffic. “The old structure will then be removed and ways to remember the structure are being investigated.” The new Sportsmans Creek Bridge is being funded through the Bridges for the Bush program which aims to upgrade or replace timber bridges in regional communities which restrict freight and travel. The detailed design can be viewed on the Sportsmans Creek new bridge project webpage www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roadprojects.