East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale

We received the following on March 31, 2006 in the late afternoon. It is the third change in this schedule of bridge closures.

**** March 31, 2006 ****
New Schedule for Channel Closures

Revised Notice To Mariners:

The channel will be restricted or closed at the Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine according to the following schedule:

Restriction/Closure Times
March 29 -April 6, 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.*
April 7, 2006 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Channel closed for 8 hours. Full channel openings with 2 hour notice.*
April 14, 2006 7:00 am to 11:00 am Channel closed for 4 hours. Full channel openings with 2 hour notice.*
April 24-27, 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 under bridge.
April 28 - May 12, 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.

For questions regarding this notice, please call (904) 825-3647. The above schedule has been approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.

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