Pedestrians step out in safety near new Grafton Bridge

17 May 2020

Residents and visitors are about to experience increased pedestrian safety on one of South Grafton’s busiest streets with traffic lights to be switched on in Iolanthe Street.

Transport for NSW Director Region North Anna Zycki said the new roundabout at the intersection of the Pacific and Gwydir highways is nearing completion and this involves traffic changes in South Grafton from next week.

“With the upgraded section of the Pacific Highway between Glenugie and Tyndale to open soon, the final stage of this new roundabout construction is about to get underway,” Ms Zycki said.

“To allow this work to be carried out, traffic will be moved to Iolanthe Street from the Pacific Highway, which will be renamed Big River Way when the bypass of south Grafton is opened.

“To prepare for the traffic switch, which is expected to take place on Tuesday 26 May, preparation work will be carried out for eight nights between 7pm and 5am from Wednesday 20 May.

“As part of the preparations, we will switch on the new Iolanthe Street pedestrian traffic lights on Thursday 21 May.”

While completion work is carried out on the new roundabout at the Gwydir Highway intersection, a temporary roundabout configuration will be in place.

Finishing work on the new roundabout is expected to be complete in ten weeks, weather permitting.

For information regarding the upcoming traffic changes contact the Community Relations Team on 1800 918 759, or email

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