East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale
3/4/2010


Attention Snowbirds

Gallants Channel Restricted at Beaufort Bridge, NC:
          The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on the waters of Gallants Channel at Beaufort, North Carolina. The State of North Carolina Department of Transportation awarded a contract to Hames Contracting Inc. of Alpharetta, Georgia, to perform bridge maintenance on the Grayden Paul Draw Bridge at the Gallants Channel crossing to Beaufort, North Carolina. The contract provides for cleaning, painting, steel repair, and grid floor replacement to begin on March 1, 2010 and will be complete by April 30, 2010. The contractor will be utilizing a 110’ deck barge with a 30’ beam as a work platform and equipment staging. This operation presents a potential hazard to mariners from falling debris and the use of heavy equipment and machinery. To provide for the safety of the public, the Coast Guard will temporarily restrict access to this section of Gallants Channel during the maintenance period when the deck barge is obstructing the waterway. (5th District LNM 09)*

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

AICW Dredging at Two Trouble Spots:
          The dredge WILCO will be conducting dredging operations in the AIWW at New River Inlet from 17 February until 15 April, 2010. The vessels PROUD MARY and ANN KAY will be on scene. The dredge and assisting vessels will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13, 16 & 79. A floating and submerged pipeline will traverse southerly from the AIWW at New River Inlet crossing and then along the west shoreline to the New Topsail Inlet disposal area. The pipeline will be lighted in accordance with Coast Guard regulations.
          The dredge JENNI LEA will be conducting dredging operations in the AIWW at Carolina Beach Inlet to Snows Cut from 20 February until 21 March, 2010. The vessels BETTY LOU and MISS LEANNE will be on scene. The dredge and assisting vessels will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13, 16 & 78. A floating and submerged pipeline will traverse from Snows Cut along the eastern shore line of the AIWW and then easterly along the shoreline of Carolina Beach Inlet to the Carolina Beach disposal area. The pipeline will be lighted in accordance with Coast Guard regulations. (5th District LNM 09)

Bridge of Lions Channel Restrictions & Closures: March and April, 2010:
          March 22, 2010--March 27, 2010: Channel fully closed from 8:00 pm Monday evening 3/22/2010 until 8:00 am Saturday morning 3/27/2010. Openings: None
          March 29, 2010--April 3, 2010 Channel fully closed from 8:00 pm Monday evening 3/29/2010 until 8:00 am Saturday morning 4/3/2010. Openings: None
          April 5, 2010--April 10, 2010 Channel closed each night from 8:00 pm to 8:00 am. Openings: Daytime (8:00 am to 8:00 pm)
          April 12, 2010--April 17, 2010 Channel closed each night from 8:00 pm to 8:00 am. Openings: Daytime (8:00 am to 8:00 pm)
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

SPECIAL NOTICES

Big Ship Electronic Charting Glitch:
          Mariners are advised that ECDIS may not display some isolated shoal depths when operating in "base or standard display" mode. Route planning and monitoring alarms for these shoal depths may not always be activated. To ensure safe navigation and to confirm that a planned route is clear of such dangers, mariners should visually inspect the planned route and any deviations from it using ECDIS configured to display "all data". The automated voyage planning check function should not be solely relied upon. The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) is leading technical action to resolve this matter. NGA HAS DONE A REVIEW OF DNC AND HAS CONCLUDED THAT THIS ERROR DOES NOT EFFECT DNC. (NOTE: ECDIS: Electronic Chart Display and Information System, used aboard commercial ships; NGA: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; DNC: Digital Nautical Chart produced by NGA.) (5th District LNM 08)

DGPS Unusable Time:
          Kensington SC:
UNUSABLE TIME AUTHORIZED FOR THE FOLLOWING DATE/TIME:
PRIMARY: 1400Z - 1600Z, 09 MAR 2010 (0900-1100 EDT)
ALTERNATE: 1400Z - 1600Z, 10 MAR 2010 (0900-1100 EDT)
PLEASE ADDRESS ANY QUESTION TO THE USCG NAVCEN DGPS EAST OPS POC: DGPS WATCH, (703) 313-5902.
        Key West: The Florida Key West DGPS broadcast site is unusable as of February 24, 2010 until further notice.
(7th District LNM 09)

More DMA Updates (as of March 2, 2010):
          To protect aggregations of right whales, NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service announces that a voluntary vessel speed restriction zone (Dynamic Management Area - DMA) has been established 10 to 15 NM offshore of the Seasonal Management Areas from Fernandina Beach, Florida to Savannah, Georgia. Other DMA’s near Ponce Inlet, the vicinity of Cape Canaveral and offshore of the Mid-Atlantic Seasonal Management Area between Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina have been extended (all DMA’s are active through March 15, 2010). Mariners are requested to route around these areas or transit through at 10 knots or less.
The DMAs are described as follows:
          Offshore Fernandina Beach/Savannah DMA – (Active through March 15, 2010) approximately 10 to 15 NM offshore of the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Seasonal Management Area between 32°02'N and 30°33'N.
Waters Bounded by the following coordinates: 32°02'N, 080°16'W; 32°02'N, 080°01'W; 31°21'N, 080°32' W; 30°33'N, 080°46'W; 30°33'N, 080°51.6'W; 31°27'N, 080°51.6'W; 31°50'N, 080°33.2'W; and back to start.
          Offshore Savannah/Charleston DMA - (Active through March 15, 2010) Northern boundary: 32°35'N Southern boundary: 32°02'N Eastern boundary: line drawn from Northern Boundary from 079°11'W to Southern boundary at 080°01'W (approximately 8NM offshore and parallel to the Mid-Atlantic Seasonal Management Area).
Western boundary: line drawn from Northern Boundary from 079°26'W to Southern boundary at 080°16'W or the Mid-Atlantic Seasonal Management Area.
          Ponce Inlet DMA - (Active through March 15, 2010) Northern boundary: 29° 45’ N Southern boundary: 28° 59’ N Eastern boundary: line drawn from northern boundary at 080° 51’ W and the southern boundary at 080° 38’W Western boundary: Shoreline.           Cape Canaveral DMA – (Active through March 15, 2010) Northern boundary: 28° 59’ N Southern boundary: 27° 52’ N Eastern boundary: 10 nautical miles from shore Western boundary: Shoreline.
          For more information about the DMA program and other regulations to reduce ship strikes of right whales, please visit: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/shipstrike (7th District LNM 09)

WAMS for St. Johns River:
          The Coast Guard is initiating a (WAMS) Waterways Analysis Management Study of the St Johns River, Florida until March 31, 2010. The study will target navigable waters from the St Johns Lighted Entrance Buoy Inbound to downtown Jacksonville. Any interested parties wishing to provide comments on existing Aids to Navigation and recommendations for the establishment of new aids in the area covered by this study please submit (WAMS) comments/information and or recommendations to CWO3 Steve McDonnell of the Waterways Management Division by March 31, 2010. Phone: (904) 564-7565, Email: steven.d.mcdonnel@uscg.mil. Mail: U.S. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville, 4200 Ocean Street, Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville, Florida 32233-2416. (7th District LNM 08)

USCG First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey

Point Judith Harbor of Refuge Dredging:
          Maintenance dredging of the Point Judith Harbor of Refuge will commence on February 1, 2010 and continue until approximately March 15, 2010. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has contracted with Village Dock, Inc., for this project. The Project Manager is Mr. Sean Murray who may be reached at 516-779-4308. The Project Superintendent is Mr. Daniel Dilgen who can be reached at (631) 879-2915. On-site work vessels include the crane barge Charlotte Fae, the dump scow Pequot, the dump scow SEI 2000, the tug boat Fire Island, and the tug boat On The Rocks. The working frequency for dredging operations is VHF channel 18. VHF channel 16 will be continuously monitored as well. Mariners are urged to use extra caution when navigating in the vicinity of the Point Judith Harbor of Refuge and Point Judith Pond during dredging operations. (First District LNM 08)

USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina

Safety at Sea Regulated Area in Annapolis:
          Mariners are advised that the U.S. Naval Academy Sailing Squadron will sponsor the “Safety At Sea Seminar (31st Annual)” in the Severn River adjacent to the U. S. Naval Academy, between the Naval Academy (SR-450) Bridge and Triton Light (LLN-19780), on Saturday, March 27, 2010, from 12 noon until 1 p.m. The event includes on-water activities involving small boats, a low-flying helicopter and pyrotechnics demonstrations. As described in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Section 100.501, special local regulations establish a regulated area for all waters of the Severn River (from shoreline to shoreline), bounded to the northwest by a line drawn from the south shoreline at 39°00'38.9" N, 76°31'05.2" W, thence to the north shoreline at 39°00'54.7" N, 076°30'44.8" W, this line is approximately 1300 yards northwest of the Severn River (US-50) Bridge. The regulated area is bounded to the southeast by a line drawn from the Naval Academy Light at 38°58'39.5" N, 076°28'49" W, thence southeast to a point 700 yards east of Chinks Point, at 38°58'1.9" N, 076°28'1.7" W, thence northeast to Greenbury Point at 38°58'29" N, 076°27'16" W. The effect will be to restrict vessel traffic on certain waters of the Severn River from 11 a.m. through 1:30 p.m. The Coast Guard Patrol Commander may forbid and control the movement of all vessels in the regulated area. Coast Guard vessels enforcing this regulated area can be contacted on marine band radio channel 16 or 22A VHF-FM. When hailed or signaled by an official patrol vessel, a vessel in the area shall immediately comply with the directions given. Failure to do so may result in expulsion from the area, citation for failure to comply, or both. Mariners are urged to schedule their transits on this waterway beyond the enforcement times. For any comments or questions, contact Mr. Ron Houck, Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, at (410) 576-2674 or Ronald.L.Houck@uscg.mil. (5th District LNM 09)

Poplar Island Dredging:
          The dredge LEXINGTON will be conducting dredging operations at Poplar Island in the Southwest Borrow Area from 25 February until 06 July, 2010. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 09)

Bridge Repairs in Oak Creek, St. Michaels Area:
          Mariners are advised that emergency repairs to the Maryland SR-33 fixed highway bridge, across Oak Creek between Newcomb and St. Michaels, Maryland, are scheduled to occur from March 22, 2010 to June 7, 2010. The limited width of the existing bridge and the combined weight of bridge segments and crane prevent placing and operating a crane safely on the existing structure. Since the removal and replacement of span 7 over the navigation channel requires positioning a crane barge (140 feet in length and 52 feet in width) in the 60-foot wide navigation channel, the navigation channel in the vicinity of the bridge will be restricted during this period and will not be passable. Vessels and persons transiting Oak Creek outside the navigation channel, around the construction site, do so at their discretion. It is crucial that mariners operating near the work zone eliminate wakes. Heavy-lift work is scheduled during two periods, March 22-April 12, 2010 and May 17-June 7, 2010. A small floating platform and the 26-foot push boat “The Covington” will be on scene for other bridge-related work. All equipment will be marked and lighted in accordance with Coast Guard regulations. Interested mariners can contact Covington Machine and Welding, Inc. at telephone (410) 841-6868, or Coast Guard Sector Baltimore Waterways Management Division at telephone (410) 576-2674 or email Ronald.L.Houck@uscg.mil. (5th District LNM 09)

Underwater Archeological Surveys in Potomac:
          Mariners are advised that the Institute of Maritime History plans to conduct underwater archaeological surveys on the Potomac River in the vicinity of Mount Vernon, VA, from April 24, 2010 through May 2, 2010. The surveys will include remote sensing using sonar and magnetometers and site assessments with scuba divers from a 36-foot trawler operating in the Potomac River between Whitestone Point, VA and Sheridan Point, VA, a skiff operating in Dogue Creek, and a skiff operating near Mt. Vernon between Dogue Creek and Little Hunting Creek. Interested mariners may contact the trawler ROPER via marine band radio channel 16 VHF-FM, if necessary. (5th District LNM 09)

Lamberts Point Area Diving Ops:
          Crofton Diving will be installing a submarine cable at the U.S. Navy Deperming Station at Lamberts Point in approximate position 36-51-45.74N, 076-19-50.99W; 36-15-20.32N, 076-19-57.02W from 17 February until approximately 17 March, 2010. The operation will include a spud barge, cable operations and diving operations. The appropriate dayshapes and flags will be displayed when diving operations are in progress. The navigational channel will not be closed during any portion of the work. The site supervisor will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 05. All vessels are requested to transit at a NO WAKE speed and mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 09)

Outfall Construction--Virginia Beach Oceanfront:
          McLean Contracting will be installing an outfall pipe at 61st Street, Virginia Beach oceanfront at position 36-53.2N, 075-59.0W from 01 March, 2010 until 20 November, 2011. A temporary cofferdam trestle will run from the shoreline to the outfall outlet site and will be lighted in accordance with Coast Guard regulations. The site supervisor will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 09)

Sunny Point Dredging:
          The dredge VIRGINIAN will be conducting dredging operations at the Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point from 04 March until 10 June, 2010. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. Spoil will be transported to the disposal site via tug and scow. (5th District LNM 09)

Dredging in Lower Cape Fear River:
          The hopper dredge DODGE ISLAND will be conducting dredging operations in the Lower Cape Fear River from Horseshoe Shoals to the Baldhead Shoals Reach from 04 February until 05 April, 2010. The survey vessel EAST RIVER will be assisting. The dredge material will be deposited in the ocean Dredge material Disposal site. The dredge and assisting vessel will monitor VHF-FM channels 13, and 16. A slow NO WAKE speed is requested of transiting vessels. All vessels are requested to contact the dredge prior to passing. (5th District LNM 09)

Cape Fear Nav Aids Relocated for Dredging:
          On or about 10 March, 2010 the following aids to navigation will be temporarily relocated to facilitate dredging in the Cape Fear River:
A. Cape Fear River Entrance Channel Lighted Buoy 8 to 33-50-27.060N, 078-01-39.960W.
B. Cape Fear River Entrance Channel Lighted Buoy 9 to 33-51-15.360N, 078-01-37.500W.
C. Cape Fear River Entrance Channel Lighted Buoy 10 to 33-51-11.220N, 078-01-24.840W.
D. Cape Fear River Entrance Lighted Buoy 25 to 33-57-15.900N, 077-57-36.360W.
E. Cape Fear River Entrance Lighted Buoy 25A to 33-57-32.340N, 077-57-22.800W. (5th District LNM 09)

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

Charleston Harbor Entrance Channel Dredging:
          Beginning Saturday, February 20, 2010 with an expected completion date of Wednesday, March 31, 2010, Manson Construction Company-under contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-will be conducting dredging operations with ocean disposal at the Offshore Dredged Material Disposal Site (ODMDS), in the Charleston Entrance Channel.
          Dredge GLENN EDWARDS, (capacity 13,000 Cubic Yards; call sign WDC 8439; O.N. 1180192) will be on scene during the twenty-four (24) hours per day and seven (7) days per week operations.
          For on scene communications, Dredge GLENN EDWARDS will be monitoring VHF channels 13, 16 and 67.
          Mariners should remain cognizant of these dredging operations while in the area and are urged to proceed with extreme caution while transiting, maintaining the safest slow speed throughout, specifically the Charleston Entrance Channel, Fort Sumter Range, Tangent No. 1 between red buoys #14 and #18.
          For further information please contact the Project Manager, Mr. Marcus Rubin, at (206) 972-5992 or the Operations Manager, Mr. Dave Howard, at (941) 315-1010. (Email from USCG Sector Charleston)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
          On March 2, 2010 the lake level was reported at 13.59 feet.

Race Buoys Offshore of Hillsboro Inlet:
          The Hillsboro Inlet Sailing Club will establish (2) racing buoys between February 28 and March 10, 2010 depending on the weather. The offshore racing buoy will be positioned at 26-16.6N 080-03.4W, the buoy will be yellow in color with a flashing yellow light every 4 seconds (15 per minute). The onshore racing buoy will be positioned at 26-16.8N 080-04.5W, the buoy will be yellow in color with a flashing yellow light every 6 seconds (10 per minute). (7th District LNM 09).

Submerged Vessel Offshore Upper Keys:
          The Coast Guard has received a report of a partially submerged vessel in approximate position 25-03.95N, 080-27.275W (1NM offshore). All mariners are advised to stay alert and transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 09).

Burned Boat Debris—Channel Five Bridge:
          The Coast Guard received a report of a vessel catching fire and was destroyed leaving (2) 3ft x 3ft portions of burned fiberglass debris in approximate position 24-50.158N, 080-47.00W and is marked by a Mooring Buoy approximately (0.3NM) south of the Channel Five Bridge. All mariners are advised to stay alert and transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 09)

Submerged Vessel off Sanibel:
          The Coast Guard received a report of a 67ft submerged vessel in approximate position 26-24.7N, 082-19.8W (approximately 12NM west of Sanibel Island). The vessel has an approximate debris field of 3/4 square miles and is sunk in 34ft of water. All mariners are requested to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM 09)

Shoaling in Big Sarasota Pass:
          The Coast Guard received a report of shoaling seaward of Private Aids - Big Sarasota Pass Daybeacon 3 and Big Sarasota Pass Daybeacon 4 due to recent storms. Shoaling crosses the width of the channel at 27-16.172N, 082-34.138W. (7th District LNM 09)

Underwater Obstruction in Sarasota:
          The Coast Guard received a report of a steel pole 6" under the water line approximately 500 yards south of the Sarasota Yacht Club on the northwest side of the channel. All mariners are advised to use caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM 09)

Tampa Bay Nav Aid Relocated:
          District 7 LNM 09 reports that the Coast Guard has Rebuilt Tampa Bay Cut J-2 Channel Lower Range Rear Light and relocated approximately 42ft forward and .5ft right of range line in position 27-47-55.293N, 082-34-32.645W. Old platform remains on scene temporarily. Unit installed (3) NW Diamond-Shaped White Dayboards with an Orange reflective boarder marked “DANGER” and removed tower.

Submerged Aircraft, Tampa Bay:
          The Coast Guard received a report of a submerged 20ft blue and white single engine aircraft approximately 150 yards north of the Albert Whitted Airport in approximate position 27-46.2N, 082-37.42W. All mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM 09).

Anclote Anchorage Obstruction:
          The Coast Guard received a report of a submerged unmarked obstruction 3-5ft under the waterline in approximate position 27-50.19N, 082-50.1W 200 yards northwest of The Narrows Daybeacon 7. All mariners are advised to exercise caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM 09)

GPS Testing—Northwest Florida:
          Proposed GPS testing dates will be from Tuesday, March 16 through Thursday, March 18, 2010 (2100-0100Z each day) in the vicinity of Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The proposed testing will affect L1-1575.42MHxz, L2-1227.6MHz frequency. Center point of propped impact area is 30- 33N, 086-52.50W. Impact radius is 69 miles of center point. (7th District LNM 09)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 09
            CSX Trout River Railroad Bridge (not on the AICW): The CSX Trout River Railroad Bridge across the Trout River mile 0.9, Jacksonville, Florida will be changed to an automated system on MONTH/DAY/YEAR as follows:
Sec. 117.337 Trout River.
The draw of the CSX Railroad Bridge across the Trout River, mile 0.9 at Jacksonville, operates as follows:
(a) The bridge is not tender.
(b) The draw is normally in the fully open position, displaying green lights to indicate that vessels may pass.
(c) As a train approaches, provided the scanners do not detect a vessel under the draw, the lights change to flashing red and a horn continuously sounds while the draw closes. The draw remains closed until the train passes.
(d) After the train clears the bridge, the lights continue to flash red and the horn again continuously sounds while the draw opens, until the draw is fully open and the lights return to green.

            J. Turner Butler Bridge (AICW Mile 749.5): Fender system is being replaced between January 18, 2010 and June 30, 2010.
            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): AKA Titusville Bridge, is being replaced with a high level bridge. Construction began May 11, 2009 and will continue through April, 2011.
          Listen for Coast Guard broadcasts regarding this bridge, as it has been experiencing problems with opening and was placed in the open to navigation position during part of the last week in February, 2010.
          March 1-31, 2010: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. daily: East Channel of swing bridge closed, West Channel open with no restrictions. 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.
          The temporary schedule will be changed to:
The drawspan of the SR401 Drawbridge, mile 5.5 at Port Canaveral must open on signal; except that from 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., Monday through Friday except Federal holidays, the drawspan need not be opened for the passage of vessels. From 8:01 a.m. to 3:29 p.m. and 5:16 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. this bridge will open a single-leaf unless a four hour notice is provided to the bridge tender for a double-leaf opening. From 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., the drawspan must open on signal, if at least three hours notice is given. The drawspan must open as soon as possible for the passage of public vessels of the Unites States and tugs with tows.

           NASA Causeway Bridge across the Banana River, Capt Canaveral: Closed to navigation from March 14 through March 28, 2010 for repairs.
           Boynton Inlet Bridge (Not on the ICW): Worth Contracting, Incorporated is schedule to start painting the Boynton Inlet Bridge, Boynton Beach, West Palm Beach, Florida on February 15, 2010 and will continue until August 15, 2010. This work will require a horizontal clearance reduction to 57 feet during this time frame.
           Parker Boulevard Bridge (AICW Mile 1013): Starting mid-November will be on single leaf operations. Double leaf operations will be available with a two hour notice. Work is expected to be complete by March 30, 2010.
           Atlantic Boulevard Bridge (AICW Mile 1056): Due to bridge repairs, the Atlantic Boulevard Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1056.0, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida is on single-leaf operations. The vertical clearance on the down span will be reduced by two feet when the work platform is in place. A double-leaf opening is available with a two-hour notice to the bridge tender. This work is expected to be completed by May 30, 2010. Vessels not requiring an opening may pass at any time.
           Miami River--I-95 Bridges (Not on the ICW): Slagter Construction has begun painting the I-95 Bridges, across the Miami River, Miami, Florida. The portion that affects the navigation channel across the Miami River will begin on February 12, 2010. This project will reduce the vertical clearance of the I-95 Bridges by three feet. The project is expected to be completed by April 16, 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. Kiewit Construction will be allowed to close this bridge from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. daily starting February 15 and ending March 15, 2010. A full opening will be provided to the mariners if at least two hours advance notice is provided to the bridge tender.
           Johns Pass Bridge: Due to the construction of the new Johns Pass Bridge, the Pass will be closed from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., Sunday through Friday until further notice. In addition to the scheduled closures the channel width is restricted to 50 feet 24-hours a day due to a construction barge. The barge requires at least a 2-hour notification to move. The contractor has requested waterway closures up to 24 hours in the near future. The Coast Guard will approve these closures on a case by case basis. Closures will be disseminated by Broadcast Notice to Mariners.

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.