East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale

Yet ANOTHER Date Change for ICW Closure at Ben Sawyer Bridge:
From USCG Sector Charleston:
MSIB (63-09) –AICW 10-Day Closure December 3-13, 2009; Ben Sawyer Bridge, SC
Update #4 & Issued: November 27, 2009 0900        Expires: December 15, 2009 0600

          Due to a scheduled replacement of the Ben Sawyer Bridge’s swing span, the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW) will be closed to marine traffic from Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 7 A.M. through Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 11:59 P.M.  The Coast Guard will enforce a safety zone around the Ben Sawyer Bridge.  The safety zone will encompass the AICW from 180 yards northwest of the bridge, and 220 yards southwest of the bridge. No one may enter the safety zone without prior authorization from the Captain of the Port Charleston or his designated representative.

          South Carolina DOT will conduct post-construction tests following the span replacement.  Accordingly, the Ben Sawyer Bridge will have limited openings from Monday, December 14, 2009 at 12:00 A.M. through Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 11:59 p.m.  Scheduled bridge openings will be broadcasted via channel 16 VHF and incorporated into this MSIB as soon as the information becomes available.

            Mariners are encouraged to monitor the Broadcast Notice to Mariners on VHF Channel 16. Coast Guard Sector Charleston will broadcast the closure of the AICW and the rescission of the corresponding safety zone as appropriate. The bridge construction schedule is somewhat dependent on weather, and any changes to the schedule will be made to this MSIB.  For questions regarding the bridge construction, please contact Ms. Julie Hussey of PCL at (843) 224-1096 or Mr. Kim Partenheimer of PB Americas at (843) 972-1775.  Coast Guard Sector Charleston may be contacted via our 24-hour Command Center Line at (843) 740-7050.

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.