Navigation restriction – Rehabilitation works to Watkins Bridge - Cockle Creek, Lake Macquarie, Boolaroo

Cockle Creek, Lake Macquarie, Boolaroo
Rehabilitation works to Watkins Bridge
Thursday 9 July 2020 to Friday 7 August 2020


Vessel operators are advised that Transport for NSW (TfNSW) will be conducting major rehabilitation works to the Watkins Bridge over Cockle Creek, Lake Macquarie near Boolaroo between Thursday 9 July 2020 and Friday 7 August 2020.


A commercial barge and work vessels will be in use under the bridge spans, including scaffolding and work platforms with works commencing on the northern span. At all times during the works one bridge span will be closed to navigation. The works area will be marked with day shapes and buoys. There will be one channel open to marine traffic at all times.

Vessel operators are advised to exercise extreme caution when navigating in the vicinity of the works, to minimise wash and to travel at a speed of 4 knots or less when within 100 metres of the works, barges and vessels.


Transport for NSW advises: 

a) 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). 
b) 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 2016 – clause 11(2)) - Maximum Penalty $5,500.00)


Transport for NSW (Maritime) Boating Map – 8A

For further information concerning this Navigation Restriction, please contact Transport for NSW on phone 13 12 36.


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