Navigation Restriction - Murray River, Swan Hill - Swan Hill Bridge - Rehabilitation work lift span inoperable

Murray River, Swan Hill
Monday 19 April to late June 2021 


Transport for NSW advises vessel operators that rehabilitation work will be conducted on the Swan Hill Bridge, which spans the Murray River at Swan Hill, from Monday 19 April 2021 for a period of 10 weeks to late June 2021. 

Work on the bridge will occur during the night, however due to the nature of the work the bridges lift span will be inoperable which may affect normal river use at all times between the above dates.


The bridge works will result in the bridges lift span NOT being operable, meaning the vertical clearance usually available to vessel operators when the lift span is raised will be limited at all times for the duration of the work.

Due to varying river levels and the nature of the bridge works, specific advice on the available vertical clearance for river traffic as a result of the lift span being inoperable is not available. Vessel operators should use the contact methods below prior to planning a voyage whereby a passage along the Murray River and under the Swan Hill Bridge is required.

The waters affected by the maintenance are not subject to a signposted four (4) knot speed limit under normal conditions, nor any temporary vessel operation restrictions, however vessel operators must maintain a safe speed and distance and ‘minimise wash’ in the vicinity of the bridge in accordance with normal NSW marine legislation.

All vessel operators and persons using the waters specified above should keep a proper lookout, comply with local buoyage and signage, and exercise extreme caution when navigating near the works.

River level conditions can be found at


Transport for NSW 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 Special Event or to marine safety. Failure to comply with any such direction is an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, 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 (Cl 11(2) of the Marine Safety Regulation 2016) - Maximum Penalty $5,500.00)


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For further information concerning this Navigation Advice, please contact the bridge works Project Manager, Nicholas McMullen, on ph: 1300 679 842, or email:

Or contact the Transport for NSW (Maritime Infoline) on 131 236 from 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, and 8.30am to 4.30pm on weekends and Public Holidays. 


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