Carrs Bridge Replacement

Ballina Shire Council is replacing Carrs Bridge on River Drive, Keith Hall. The bridge is located south of Carrs Lane and north of Empire Vale Public School.

Project outcomes

The new bridge will increase the existing load carrying capacity, which is essential during cane harvesting seasons, and will improve road user safety.


Foundations for the new bridge are being finalised and work is progressing on the abutments.

The project timeline has been delayed due to unanticipated ground conditions. The design of the new bridge foundation comprises of 36m-long steel piles, based on geotechnical drilling and sampling of soils. However, the 36m depth has provided inadequate resistance and additional pile lengths have been required. This, along with wet weather, has delayed the project. 

It is expected that the new Carrs Bridge will be completed in March (weather permitting).

Motorist access

Due to the constrained location of the project, River Drive is temporarily closed to through traffic in the vicinity of the bridge works.

Road users and residents north of Carrs Bridge will need to access South Ballina and Keith Hall via the Burns Point Ferry, which operates from 5.30am to 12.30am daily. Access to Empire Vale, Patchs Beach and Wardell is via the M1 Pacific Highway during the bridge works.

Overnight access for residents and visitors north of the bridge is being maintained via a one-lane detour track at the bridge works.  Currently this is open to light vehicles when the ferry is not operating, between 12.30am to 5.30am daily, and if there are unplanned ferry closures.

Resealing works are underway, with one lane is open with traffic lights in place. Motorists should still allow extra travel time if using this route. 

Emergency and service access

Council has consulted with local bus and emergency services to maintain their access for the duration of the project. This includes the local school bus service.

These works have been programmed to occur outside of the sugar cane harvesting season and during school holidays to limit the impact on cane harvesting trucks and school bus services.

Council understands the temporary inconvenience these works may cause, however, the renewal works are essential for the safety of road users, residents and the wider community.


More information

Please contact Works Engineer, Paul Crozier on 1300 864 444.

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