Sportsmans Creek bridge at Lawrence

Lawrence - Sportsmans Creek - Bridges for the Bush

Roads and Maritime Services has built a new bridge over Sportsmans Creek at Lawrence.

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FEB 2020

FEB 2020Repairs to Sportsmans Creek Bridge approach

There will be changed traffic conditions on the Sportsmans Creek Bridge at Lawrence from early February 2020 while essential maintenance work is carried out.

The work is to address settlement issues on the southern bridge approach and will take four days and nights to complete, weather permitting.

Traffic control will be in place from 7am on Monday 3 February until 5am on Friday 7 February. Traffic will be reduced to one lane, alternate flow.

The bridge walkway will be closed from 7am on Tuesday 4 February until 5am on Friday 7 February. Traffic controllers will help with daytime pedestrian access over the bridge during the walkway closure.

We will need to close the bridge to traffic from 8pm on Tuesday 4 February until 5am on Wednesday 5 February and again on Thursday 6 February from 8pm until 5am on Friday 7 February. These closures are required for the safety of workers, motorists and pedestrians.

Alternative routes are available via Pringles Way, the Bluff Point ferry and the Ulmarra ferry. Please note the Ulmarra ferry is not a 24 hour ferry with the last ferry departing Southgate at 10.40pm. For ferry times visit the Ulmarra ferry page.

Access will be provided for emergency vehicles if required.

For the latest traffic updates download the Live Traffic NSW App, visit or call 132 701.

Project information

The new Sportsmans Creek Bridge opened to traffic on Monday, 26 February 2018 by local member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis. On the day, local public school captains Noah Anderson and Bethany Chambers assisted in planting a tree and cutting the ribbon.

The existing (timber) Sportsmans Creek Bridge is located at the southern approach to Lawrence on Bridge Street, which connects to Grafton-Lawrence Road. Due to its geometry and design limitations, the existing timber bridge is unable to be safely or cost-effectively serviced and upgraded to cater for future requirements of surrounding agricultural industries, local traffic and pedestrian access.

After considering the public submissions received during the July/August 2016 display period, Roads and Maritime has determined the review of environmental factors (REF) and announced its decision to remove the existing bridge. The removal work will be carried out with strict adherence to environmental controls.

A submissions report (PDF, 1.03Mb) is available showing responses to all questions and comments raised. The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) has reviewed both the submissions report and the REF for the removal of the existing bridge and agree that the environmental mitigation measures proposed are appropriate, provided certain conditions are met. Those conditions are explained in the concurrence letter (PDF, 930Kb).

The new Sportsmans Creek Bridge is part of the Bridges for the Bush initiative - a NSW Government commitment to improving road freight productivity by replacing or upgrading bridges throughout regional New South Wales.

Contact us

For further information about the new Sportsmans Creek Bridge contact:

Phone: (02) 6640 1300


Mail: Sportsmans Creek new bridge project manager, PO Box 546 Grafton, NSW 2460.

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