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East Coast Alerts - March 15, 2006

By Tom Neale - Published March 15, 2006 - Viewed 1333 times

Interim Alerts

St Augustine, FL Bridge of Lions Closure:
Just at the height of Snowbird Season, The ICW will be closed. And it starts March 16. Following is the schedule from the Florida DOT:

Marine Channel Closures and Restrictions at Bridge of Lions

ST. AUGUSTINE – Marine traffic will be subject to intermittent channel restrictions and closures for approximately six weeks beginning Thursday, March 16, 2006. These restrictions are associated with placement of the vertical lift span for the temporary bridge being constructed adjacent to the Bridge of Lions. Once the vertical lift span is placed in mid-April, vessels requiring more than 80 feet of vertical clearance will no longer be able to pass until the temporary bridge is removed in 2010.

A chart detailing all restrictions is posted below:

Dates
Restriction/Closure Times
Comment
March 16-18, 2006 7:00 am to 1:00 pm & 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Channel restricted to 55 feet wide. Full channel openings with 2 hour notice.*
March 20-24, 2006 7:00 am to 1:00 pm & 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Channel restricted to 55 feet wide. Full channel openings with 2 hour notice.*
March 27, 2006 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Channel closed for 8 hours. Full channel openings with 2 hour notice.*
March 29, 2006 7:00 am to 11:00 am Channel closed for 4 hours. Full channel openings with 2 hour notice.*
April 17-20, 2006 Full Closure – 24 hours a day Bridge will be blocking the channel and not functioning. Small craft, less than 24 feet vertical clearance, will be able to pass beneath the bridge.
April 21-28, 2006 Intermittent Closures – 4 hours maximum between 7:00 am and 9:00 pm Bridge blocking channel during installation and testing of controls and balancing. Three 4 hour closure periods each day with opening provided with 2 hours notice.*
*Requests for a channel opening according to the above schedule should be made to the Bridge Tender via marine radio on Channel 9.

The work is associated with the Bridge of Lions Rehabilitation Project, funded by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). All channel restrictions have been approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. For more information, please contact Laurie Sanderson in the Bridge of Lions Rehabilitation project public information office at (904) 825-3647 or at info@FDOTBridgeofLions.com.

Loran Termination Proposed for FY 2007:
That’s right.
There’s a list of congresspersons to contact. Do It!! Even if you don’t use Loran, there are a lot of people that do. They depend on it.

This information is not to be used for navigation. Consult the latest charts and Local Notices to Mariners and use prudent seamanship. Any person or entity that uses this information in any way, as a condition of that use, agrees to waive and does waive any and all claims which may arise from that use.

Copyright 2004-2005 Tom Neale





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