Northern region

Harwood Bridge

Photo of Harwood Bridge

Roads and Maritime Services (formerly Roads and Traffic Authority) has now completed the major maintenance overhaul of the Harwood Bridge over the Clarence River at Harwood. These works have resulted in improved safety for the bridge operator and maintenance crews and minimise the likelihood of future traffic disruption. This upgrade was funded by the NSW Government.

Harwood is approximately 4km northeast of Maclean and 46km from Grafton in NSW. The Harwood Bridge is a steel-truss bridge with a vertical lift span opening for boats that carries Pacific Highway traffic across the Clarence River.


The bridge's lift span has returned to normal operation.

Navigation channel

The navigation channel has been reinstated to its original position.

Artificial nest pole for the ospreys

The resident Harwood ospreys that once nested on the Harwood Bridge structure are now using a new artificial nest structure. Osprey young fledged from the artificial nest structure in late 2009, and an Osprey pair continue to utilise the structure. More information and photos are available in the files box below. 

Osprey chicks and mum Osprey chicks Osprey in the nest Osprey nest Harwood Bridge