Port River Expressway

The Port River Expressway links major port and rail terminals at the Port of Adelaide with major freight routes to the north and south of Adelaide via opening road and rail bridges over the Port River.

Bridge opening times

Bridges open for a 15 minute duration during the following times if vessels are waiting to pass through the Port River.

  • Monday to Friday: 6:00 am and 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10:00 am, 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm plus 10:00 pm during the daylight saving period.

Reporting an emergency

Report emergencies to the Traffic Management Centre duty bridge operator by:

  • phoning 1800 018 313
  • VHF marine radio channel 68 - call sign 'Traffic Management Centre'.

Emergencies can include a vessel breakdown or collision within the navigation pass.

About the Port River Expressway

The Port River Expressway road and rail bridges have been designed as opening structures to maintain the inner harbour as an active waterway and provide flexibility for future development opportunities. The opening regime balances the needs of the public, freight, industry and mariners.

Opening times will generally not exceed 15 minutes and will depend on the number of vessels passing under the bridges. If all marine traffic can't pass through during the allocated 15 minutes, the bridges will close to allow road traffic to clear and then re-open for a further ten minutes.

The Traffic Management Centre remotely operates the bridges.

Road signs, located on the approaches to the expressway inform motorists whether the bridge is open or closed.

If the road bridge is opening, barriers and flashing warning lights will warn and stop motorists.

Related information

On this site

Opening the Port River bridges

Other websites

Port River Expressway (PRExy) - Department for Infrastructure and Transport

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