Navigation Restriction - Clarence River, Harwood - Pacific Highway Harwood Bridge construction works

(Marine Safety Act 1998 s.12)

Clarence River, Harwood
Friday 5 February 2018 to approximately 31 December 2018


Vessel operators are advised that as part of the on-going new bridge construction, work is about to commence on the centre piers for the new bridge over the Clarence River at Harwood. During this time, the lift span will be available for opening Monday to Friday prior to 6:45am and after 6:00pm and prior to 7:45am and after 5:00pm on Saturdays. The lift span will be available for opening all day Sunday.


Due to the potential to affect the safety of navigation a Construction/Exclusion Zone (‘the Zone’) will be established around the works on the navigable waters of the Clarence River downstream from the existing Harwood Bridge between the above dates. The Zone will be bounded by yellow special marks (yellow buoys) and lights at night, at intervals of approximately 50 metres. The barges will be marked by lights at night to indicate their location.

Vessel operators are advised that a 4 knot speed restriction applies approximately 200 metres both upstream and downstream of the existing Harwood 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.

Vessel operators are reminded of the requirement to book 24 hours prior to transiting through the lift span during the above mentioned times. This navigation restriction and warning remains in place for the duration of the works.


Roads and Maritime advise;

  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)(b) - Maximum Penalty $5,500.00)

A navigation channel will be maintained at all times for water users not requiring access to the lift span.


Roads and Maritime Boating Map – 2C

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


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