East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale

Bridge of Lions Channel Restrictions & Closures: February 2010:

Published January 22, 2010
Channel Restrictions & Closures:

February 2, 2010--February 5, 2010: Restricted each day 7:30 am until 8:00 pm Tuesday through Friday, except for scheduled full openings. One leaf of the drawbridge lowered - channel restricted to 35 feet horizontal clearance. Temporary bridge opens, but channel is restricted. Full channel width provided during these openings: 7am, 10am, 1pm, 4:30pm, 6pm and 8pm.

February 15, 2010--February 19, 2010: Closed all week (starting Monday evening). Channel fully closed from 8:00 pm 2/15/2010 until 8:00 pm 2/19/2010: Openings: NONE.

February 22, 2010--February 26, 2010: Closed all week (starting Monday evening). Channel fully closed from 8:00 pm 2/22/2010 until 8:00 pm 2/26/2010: Openings: NONE.

These restrictions/closures have been reviewed and approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. Please call (904) 825-3647 or (904) 669-1165 with questions. From the Bridge of Lions Rehabilitation Project*

          *Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase.  Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.

New Lady’s Island Bridge Corrected Schedule:
          MSIB 02-10 UPDATE 1 Bridge Construction Lady's Island Bridge Temporary Rules Change, Beaufort, SC-22JAN10. This announces an update to MSIB (02-10) - Lady's Island Bridge Construction Operations; Beaufort, SC on Homeport at http://homeport.uscg.mil/charleston.

This MSIB announces a Temporary Regulation Change of the 33 CFR 117.911- South Carolina Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway/Lady's Island Bridge, across the Beaufort River, Mile 536.0 at Beaufort.

Due to ongoing construction of the new McTeer Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, mile 539.0, Port Royal, South Carolina; Beaufort County has requested that the federal regulation on the Woods Memorial (Lady’s Island) bridge be changed to:

Lady’s Island Bridge, across the Beaufort River, Mile 536.0 at Beaufort.
The draw shall operate as follows:
(1) From 7:15 a.m. to 8:59, 11:15 a.m. to 12:59 p.m. and 4:14 p.m. to 5:59 p.m. the draw need not open; and
(2) Between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the draw need open only on the hour and half-hour.
(3) At all other times the draw shall open on signal.

The regulation will be in affect 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will remain in affect up to one year or until construction of the McTeer Bridge is completed, whichever comes first.

Ref: LNM 50 through 52-09 and 01-10 Chart: 11518

This MSIB announces a Temporary Regulation Change to the hours of the Lady's Island Bridge and does not affect other aspects of the regulations - to include tugs with tows. Therefore, in accordance with 33CFR 117.911(a) public vessels of the United States and tugs with tows, upon proper signal, will be passed through the draw span of each draw bridge listed in this section at anytime; to include The Lady's Island Bridge across Beaufort River.

The parts of the MSIB above in bold font are different from the schedule published in the January 21, 2010 East Coast Alerts which was copied from the 7th District LNM 03. The above MSIB should be considered to be the correct schedule.

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.