East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale

This announces the Publication of MSIB (13-10) – Ben Sawyer Bridge Safety Zone No Longer in Effect; Bridge Openings Restricted on Homeport at http://homeport.uscg.mil/Charleston

MSIB (13-10) – Ben Sawyer Bridge Safety Zone No Longer in Effect; Bridge Openings Restricted
Issued: February 14, 2010/1600              Expires: February 18, 2010/1800

The previously announced safety zone surrounding the replacement of the Ben Sawyer Bridge will no longer be in effect beginning Sunday February 14, 2010 at 1600. The waterway will be open to all vessels that meet the vertical clearance of the bridge; however vessels are reminded to use caution while transiting under the bridge as there is still ongoing construction.

Restricted openings of the Ben Sawyer Bridge are anticipated to begin on Monday February 15 through Thursday February 18, 2010. The scheduled openings will occur at 1200 and 1800 for Monday February 15 and scheduled for 0600 and 1800 on Tuesday February 16 through Thursday February 18. During those scheduled openings, the bridge will remain open for all vessels that are present to come through at those times.

Mariners are encouraged to monitor the Broadcast Notice to Mariners on VHF Channel 16 for any changes in the proposed scheduled openings. Coast Guard Sector Charleston may be contacted via our 24-hour Command Center Line at (843) 740-7050.

February 2010 - REVISED
Bridge of Lions Channel Restrictions & Closures
Revised and published February 12, 2010

Channel Restrictions & Closures:

February 15, 2010- February 18, 2010: Channel width restricted each day 7:30 am until 5:30 pm, except for three scheduled full openings. One leaf of the drawbridge lowered - channel restricted to 35 feet horizontal clearance. Bridge opens, but channel is restricted. Full channel width provided during these openings: 10am, 1pm, and 4:30pm


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.

Laurie Sanderson

Public Information Officer
Bridge of Lions Rehabilitation Project


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.