Navigation Restriction - Grafton Bridge, Clarence River

(Marine Safety Act 1998 s.12)

Grafton Bridge, Clarence River
Monday 8 May 2017 to approximately 30 April 2019


Vessel operators are advised that Roads and Maritime Services contractor, Fulton Hogan, will be constructing a new bridge over the Clarence River at Grafton, immediately downstream of the existing Grafton Bridge. The works will be undertaken for a period of approximately 2 years commencing at 7:00am on Monday 8 May 2017.

As part of the initial construction phase a temporary jetty will be installed to allow for construction infrastructure. The temporary jetty will be built approximately 70 metres to the east of the existing Grafton Bridge, on the southern bank of the Clarence River. The temporary jetty will enable loading of bridge components and the transfer of workers between the southern shoreline and works area. The temporary jetty will be approximately 50 metres long and nine metres wide. An exclusion zone will be established around the temporary jetty which will be marked by lit yellow aqua buoys.  

To enable ongoing bridge works, barges will be deployed to carry out piling operations, pier construction and girder installation. The Works will be carried out between 7:00am and 6:00pm Monday to Fridays, and from 8:00am to 1:00pm on Saturdays.  


Due to the potential to affect the safety of navigation, a Special Event Area/Construction Zone (‘the Zone’) will be established around the works on the navigable waters of the Clarence River downstream from the existing Grafton Bridge between the above times.

This Special Event/Construction Zone will be will be bounded yellow special marks (yellow buoys) and lights at night, at intervals of approximately 50 metres. The barges will be fitted at night with lights to indicate their location. A navigation channel indicated by port (red) and starboard (green) buoys that will be lit at night, will be in place for the duration of the works to allow vessels to transit through the area at all times.

At times individual navigable spans under of the Grafton Bridge will be closed to navigation.


Vessel operators are advised that a 4 knot speed restriction applies approximately 200 metres both upstream and downstream of the existing Grafton Bridge.  Vessel operators are to exercise caution when navigating in the vicinity of the works and to pay particular attention to construction work vessels, barges, anchoring cables, lighting & day shapes and any advisory signage. This navigation restriction and warning remains in place for the duration of the works.


Roads and Maritime advises:

  1. Persons within the vicinity of the works must comply with any directions given by a Boating Safety Officer or Police Officer in relation to the works or to marine safety. Failure to comply with any such direction is an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s.15A - Maximum Penalty $3,300.00).
  2. Vessels are required to maintain a safe distance and speed from the works and operators are reminded that the production of wash which impacts unreasonably on the works is an offence (Marine Safety Regulation – clause 11(2)) - Maximum Penalty $5,500.00)


Roads and Maritime Boating Map – 2C

For further information concerning this Navigation Restriction, please contact Boating Safety Officer Yamba Luke Tucker on 0428 243 100 or 13 12 36.


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