Three contractors have been shortlisted to design and build the second crossing of the Clarence River at Grafton. Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis said: “The NSW Government has committed $210 million to build a new crossing over the Clarence River at Grafton to improve connectivity between Grafton and South Grafton. “The new crossing, expected to be completed by 2019, will also improve freight connectivity by providing a more accessible route for heavy vehicles.” Mr Gulaptis said nine contractors made expressions of interest to construct the 553 metre-long structure and associated road upgrades. “Lend Lease Engineering Pty Ltd, a joint venture between Rizzani de Eccher Australia Pty Ltd and Seymour Whyte Constructions Pty Ltd and Fulton Hogan Construction Pty Ltd have been shortlisted,” he said. “The shortlisted contractors will now be invited to make a detailed submission before a final decision on the most suitable tenderer is reached. “The successful tenderer will deliver the detailed design and bridge building as well as local road network upgrades, flood mitigation and construction of a new pedestrian and cycle path.” Mr Gulaptis said the successful tenderer will be announced early next year. “Early work to ensure the new bridge is adequately connected to the local road network is on track to be complete later this year,” he said. “Geotechnical work was completed in June 2015 and work is progressing on environmental assessments and utility investigations.” For more information visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au.