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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale May 27, 2010 - Part II

By Tom Neale - Published May 27, 2010 - Viewed 1012 times

USCG Seventh District
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida

Sawpit Creek Shoaling:
          The Coast Guard has received a report of shoaling on the east side of the channel in the vicinity of Sawpit Creek LT 49, TEMP buoy 49A has been established to mark best water. (7th District LNM 21)

Jacksonville Area Dredging:
          The Dredge BECHTOLT is conducting dredging operations off the Dames PT Turning Basin on the NE side of the 9A bridge. Dredge operations are scheduled for May 20-June 4, 2010. All mariners are requested to transit the area with caution. The dredge operator will standby on VHF CH 16 and 72. For further information, contact Manson Construction Co. at (904) 576-4973. (7th District LNM 21)

St. Lucie Inlet Shoaling Again:
          The Coast Guard has received a report of shoaling in the St Lucie Inlet approximately 100 yds west of St Lucie Inlet Light 3 and on the north side of the channel adjacent to St Lucie Inlet 4. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 20).

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
          On May 25, 2010 the lake level was reported at 14.46 feet.

Keys Diving Ops:
          The M/V Richard L. Becker will deploy equipment with divers for underwater testing from approximately June 15 through July 15, 2010 in the following postions. From 24-42.0N 080-50.0W TO 24-30.0N 080-50.0W TO 24-28.0N 081-50.0W TO 24-16.0N 081-50.0W. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 21)

Pine Island Dredging:
          A tug and barge will commence dredging operations utilizing a barge mounted excavator at the entrance to Pine Island Shores Subdivision located at the southern end of Pine Island in approximate position 26-29-28.90N 082-04-28.91W. Dredge operations are scheduled for May 24 - June 30, 2010 on weekdays between the hours of 7:00am - 5:00pm. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. The dredge operator will standby on VHF CH 16. For further information, contact Stemic Marine at (239) 243-7449. (7th District LNM 21)

Marco Island Dredging:
          The Dredge EL 370 will commence dredging operations in the vicinity of Marco Island from 25-57-44.38N 081-44-55.09W to 25-58-1.12N 081-44-43.66W. In addition, the project includes the construction of 6 sheet pile T groins. The project is scheduled to commence on June 1 and continue until November 1, 2010. The dredge barge will be monitoring VHF CH 72. For further information, contact Gunderboom Inc. at (401) 559-1787. (7th District LNM 21)

Hazards to Navigation (7th District LNM 21):
          Florida Keys:

The Coast Guard received a report of a submerged concrete barrel object in approximate position 24-34.001N 081-47.273W. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution.
          Florida West Coast:
The Coast Guard has received a report of 21 ft black/white Sea Ray unmanned and unlit, anchored, and aground in approximate position 28-01.428N 082-48.528W. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution.

The Coast Guard has received a report of an adrift yellow buoy in approximate position 28-43.82N 083-48.79W. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution.

The Coast Guard has received a report of a broken piling below the waterline in approximate position 28-54.350N 082-37.929W. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution.

The Coast Guard has received a report of a metal pole protruding into the channel between Manatee River Daybeacon 8 and Daybeacon 10. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution.

The Coast Guard has received a report of a partially submerged wooden piling in Blind Pass Channel approximately 20ft in length in approximate position 27-44.7N 082-45.4W. All vessels are to use extreme caution while transiting around this area.

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 21
          Atlantic Boulevard Bridge (AICW Mile 744.7): Due to fender system repair of the Atlantic Boulevard (SR 10) Bridge, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 744.7, Duval County, Florida, the waterway will be restricted to 70 feet from April 12 to July 2010.
          J. Turner Butler Bridge (AICW Mile 749.5): Fender system is being replaced between January 18, 2010 and June 30, 2010.
          Bridge of Lions (AICW Mile 777.9): The removal of the temporary Bridge of Lions, Intracoastal Waterway mile 777.9, St. Augustine, Florida continues. The contractor has advised the Coast Guard that they are no longer in the channel; but will be working on removing the temporary structure…
          Crescent Beach Bridge (AICW Mile 788.6):Coastal Marine Construction, Incorporated is scheduled to repair and paint the Crescent Beach Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 788.6, Crescent Beach, St. Johns County, Florida. From February 10 through December 30, 2010, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, this bridge will open a single-leaf on signal and will provide a double-leaf opening with a three hour notice to the bridge tender. During the painting operations, the vertical clearance of the down leaf will be reduced by five feet.
          Max Brewer Bridge (AICW Mile 878.9): The A. Max Brewer Bridge, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 878.9, Titusville, Brevard County, Florida is being replaced with a high-level fixed bridge. This work will continue through April 2011.
          Channel Restrictions/Bridge Regulations:
1. On June 8, 9, 15 and 16, 2010: Lane Construction will be restricting the channel by half of channel width, due to bridge construction next to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. The contractor will be advising the mariner as to which of the two channels surrounding the swing span to use via the bridge tender and signage.
2. From June 29 through July 1, 2010 – 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day, the contractor has been authorized to close the waterway due to the placement of the center channel beams across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. In the case of weather delays, the contractor may need to continue this operation on July 6 and 7, 2010. Once the beams are in place the minimum vertical clearance will be 65 feet at Mean High Water. The clearance gauges for the new high-level fixed bridge will not be placed on the new bridge until the old swing bridge is removed.
3. In order to expedite bridge construction and not unduly restrict navigation; the Coast Guard Bridge Branch will be authoring a temporary change to the scheduled operation of the A. Max Brewer Bridge. Starting on July 6, 2010, the A Max Brewer Bridge will be allowed to open on hour and half-hour from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., seven days a week. Mariners that wish to comment on this temporary change may email Michael.b.lieberum@uscg.mil. Once the new bridge beams are placed on the center span the contractor will be placing navigation lights on the bridge to mark on side of the channel through the swing bridge. Mariners are advised to remain vigilant when passing through this area as there are various barges and floating equipment near the navigable channel.
          Marine interests should contact Lane Construction at 321 607 5700 for additional information on construction schedules. USCG Jacksonville Waterways Management Division contact is BM1 Peter Nelson, 904 564 7666.

          SR 401 Bridge—Canaveral Barge Canal: Coastal Marine Construction, Incorporated is scheduled to repair and paint the SR 401 Bridge across the Canaveral Barge Canal mile 5.5, Cape Canaveral, Florida. The work will start on March 5 and continue through September 30, 2010 and will be conducted from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., seven days a week.
          Parker Boulevard Bridge (AICW Mile 1013): Due to bridge repairs, the Parker (US 1) Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1013.7, Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida is on scheduled half-hour single-leaf operations. A double-leaf opening is available with a four-hour notice to the bridge tender. This work is expected to be completed by October 31, 2010. Mariners should be aware that one of the four leafs may be in the open position. A request to open the other down leaf is still required.
          East Sunrise Boulevard Bridge (AICW Mile 1062.6): Due to bridge painting, the East Sunrise Boulevard Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1062.6, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida will be on single-leaf operations on the hour and half-hour from 6:00 a.m. to 12 midnight, Monday through Friday starting June 1, 2010. A double-leaf opening will be available with a three hour notice to the bridge tender. The scaffolding will reduce the vertical clearance of the down span by 5 feet. This bridge will be on single-leaf operations only from 12 midnight through 6:00 a.m., Tuesday through Friday. At all other times, this bridge will open both leaves on the hour and half-hour. This work is expected to continue through August 30, 2010.
          Miami River—5th Street Bridge (Not on the AICW): Kiewit Construction has advised the Coast Guard that construction continues on the 5th Street Bridge across Miami River, Miami, Florida. Additional updates will be provided in the near future..
          Boot Key Bridge, Marathon: The Boot Key Bridge, Marathon, Florida is tentatively scheduled for demolition in June 2010. The work will require two months to complete.
          SR 776 Bridge, Myakka River: M&J Construction has advised the Coast Guard that they will be performing scour repairs to the SR 776 Bridge across the Myakka River, Port Charlotte, Florida. The contractor will have equipment outside the channel limits to perform this work and are expected to be completed by July 30, 2010. Mariners are advised to proceed at no wake/minimum wake through this area.
          US 19 Bridge, Anclote River, GIWW: Custom Built Marine Construction will be repairing the US 19 Bridge Fender System, across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Anclote River, Anclote, Florida. This work is expected to start on August 3, 2010 and will be completed by September 8, 2010.
          Labelle Bridge, OWW: Due to bridge repairs the Labelle Bridge (Caloosahatchee River Bridge/SR 29), Okeechobee Waterway, Caloosahatchee River mile 103.0, Labelle, Hendry County, Florida, the bridge regulation have been temporarily changed:
1. The bridge shall open a single-leaf on signal from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday through Friday except Federal holidays. A double-leaf will be available with a three-hour notice to the bridge tender.
2. The vertical clearance of the down span will be reduced by five feet.
3. The bridge will be closed to navigation from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
4. From 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. the draws shall open if at least three hours notice is given. 5. At all other times this bridge will open on signal.
6. At times there may be a work barge under the down span.
This work is expected to start on June 1 and will continue through December 30, 2010.
          Alva Bridge, OWW: Due to bridge repairs the Alva Bridge (SR 78), Okeechobee Waterway, Caloosahatchee River mile 116.0, Alva, Lee County, Florida, the bridge regulation has been temporarily changed:
1. The bridge shall open a single-leaf on signal from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday through Friday except Federal holidays. A double-leaf will be available with a three-hour notice to the bridge tender.
2. The vertical clearance of the down span will be reduced by five feet.
3. From 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. the draws shall open if at least three hours notice is given.
4. At all other times this bridge will open on signal.
5. At times there may be a work barge under the down span.
This work is expected to start on June 7 and will continue through October 29, 2010.

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





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