Navigation Restriction - Clarence River, Harwood - Construction of new bridge and restrictions to Harwood bridge lift sp

(Marine Safety Act 1998 s.12)

Clarence River, Harwood
Construction of new bridge and restriction to Harwood bridge lift span
Monday 23 April 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 commenced on Monday 27 March 2017 and will take approximately 2 years to complete. At times during this period, the navigable spans under the Harwood Bridge and areas in the vicinity will be closed to navigation.


Due to the potential to affect the safety of navigation, a Special Event Area/Construction Zone (‘the Zone’) has been established around the works on the navigable waters of the Clarence River 200m upstream and 300m downstream from the existing Harwood Bridge. The Zone will be bounded by yellow special marks (yellow buoys) and lit at night, at intervals of approximately 50 metres. Work barges, anchor cables, additional buoyage and advisory signage will remain onsite for the duration of the construction works and will be marked by lights at night to indicate their location.

Unauthorised vessels are prohibited from entering the Zone.


Restrictions to the Harwood Bridge lift span opening times will apply from 1 May 2018 until October 2018. These restrictions are necessary to safely carry out required works. The lift span will be CLOSED from 6:45am Mondays until 5:00pm Saturdays. The Harwood Bridge lift span will only be available to open:

  • Saturday after 5pm
  • Sunday all day
  • Monday before 6:45am
  • Public Holidays all day

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)

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. A four (4) knot speed restriction applies to vessels navigating the marked channel.


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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