SPIT BRIDGE - OPENING TIMES (after 8th Feb 2010)

Monday

to

Friday

Weekends

and

Public Holidays

------ 8:30 am
10:15 am 10:00 am
11:15 am 11:30 am
1:15 pm -----
2:15 pm 2:30 pm
------ 4:30 pm
------ 6:30 pm
8:15 pm 8:30 pm
9:15 pm* 9:30 pm

* Note: During Daylight Saving Time Only

Traffic Movement

When the Spit Bridge opens the traffic signals (red or green) will indicate which group of waiting boats will go through first. Vessels going downstream will be given the grren light first unless a ferry is waiting to go upstream in which case the ferry and other waiting vessels will get the green light first.

The code of practice for sail boats intending to pass under the bridge requires that they should furl sails when within 100 meters of the bridge. Do not 'tailgate' vessels ahead.

KEEP TO STARBOARD.

Some vessels can pass under the bridge (northern span). The maximum clearance for the northern span is 6.4 m at M.H.W.S. (Remember large tour ferries use this span routinely. Use caution!)

Generally Downstream boats have right of way.

SOUND SIGNALS

* Short Blast

- Long Blast

Signal Meaning
* I am altering course to Starboard
* * I am altering course to Port
* * * I am operating astern propulsion
* * * * * Please make your intentions clear
   
- - * Overtaking to Starboard
- - * * Overtaking to Port

More information can be found at NSW Maritime