Navigation Restriction - Pacific Highway Harwood Bridge construction, Clarence River

(Marine Safety Act 1998 s.12)

Pacific Highway Harwood Bridge Construction, Clarence River
Monday 27 March 2017 to approximately 31 March 2019


Vessel operators are advised that Roads and Maritime Services contractor, Pacifico will be constructing a new Pacific Highway bridge over the Clarence River at Harwood, immediately downstream of the existing Harwood Bridge.  The works will be undertaken for a period of approximately 2 years commencing Monday 27 March 2017.  At times during this period, the navigable spans under and areas around the Harwood Bridge will be closed to navigation.

A navigation channel indicated by port (red) and starboard (green) buoys, (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 the Harwood Bridge will be closed to navigation. “Channel blocked” lights and shapes will be displayed accordingly.  Work barges, anchor cables, additional buoyage and advisory signage will remain onsite for the duration of the construction works.

In addition to the above, the main bridge lifting span of the Harwood Bridge is closed to navigation from Monday 8 May 2017 for approximately 6 weeks while maintenance is undertaken. The main lifting span will re-open towards the end of June 2017.

A temporary channel has been marked with Navigation Lateral Marks through Span 17 (clearance; Vertical 8.534m from MHWS & Horizontal 38.743m between pile caps). Once maintenance of the lift span is complete the Navigation Lateral Marks will be moved to indicate the lift span as the appropriate navigable channel and bookings for the opening of the bridge lift span will continue as normal.


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 Harwood Bridge.

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. 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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