East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
USCG Seventh District
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mail: U.S. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville, 4200 Ocean Street, Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville, Florida 32233-2416. (7th District LNM 11)
Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On March 16, 2010 the lake level was reported at 14.07 feet.
Piling in Blind Pass Channel:
The Coast Guard has received a report of a partially submerged wooden piling in Blind Pass Channel approximately 20ft in length in approximate position 27-44.7N 082-45.4W. All vessels are to use extreme caution while transiting around this area. (7th District LNM 11).
Shoaling Again in Mantanzas Pass (Ft. Meyers Beach Area)
Due to encroaching shoaling between Matanzas Pass Channel Daybeacon 4 and Matanzas Pass Channel Daybeacon 6 the Coast Guard has relocated Matanzas Pass Channel Daybeacon 4 20 yards channelward to mark best channel. Local knowledge is advised. (7th District LNM 11)
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 11
Sisters Creek Bridge (AICW Mile 739.2): Due to bridge repairs the Heckscher Drive/Sisters Creek Bridge (SR 105), Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 739.2, will be closed to navigation from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., nightly, May 3 through May 6, 2010.
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.
Atlantic Boulevard Bridge (AICW Mile 744.7): Due to fender system repair of the Atlantic Boulevard (SR 10) Bridge, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 744.7, Duval County, Florida the waterway will be restricted to 70 feet from May to July 2010. The exact dates will be published in a future Local Notice to Mariners.
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.
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, Cape 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): Due to bridge repairs, the Parker (US 1) Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1013.7, Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida is on scheduled half-hour single-leaf operations. A double-leaf opening is available with a four-hour notice to the bridge tender. This work is expected to be completed by October 31, 2010. Mariners should be aware that one of the four leafs may be in the open position. A request to open the other down leaf is still required. The contractor has advised that they will have a work barge and push boat in the channel during working hours Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Requests for full channel openings should be coordinated with the bridge tender. The channel work is expected to be completed by March 26, 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. The Atlantic Boulevard Bridge will be on single-leaf operations only from 7:00 a.m. on March 16 through 5:00 p.m. on March 17, 2010, due to repairs.
Ft. Lauderdale Bridge Closures:
The East Las Olas Boulevard Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1064.0, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida will be closed to navigation from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday March 28, 2010 to facilitate an event.
The 3rd Avenue and Andrews Avenue Bridges across the New River, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida will be closed to navigation from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Saturday March 20, 2010 for an event.
The 3rd Avenue and Andrews Avenue Bridges across the New River, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida will be closed to navigation from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday April1, 2010 for a Corporate Run.
The 3rd Avenue and Andrews Avenue Bridges across the New River, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida will be closed to navigation from 7:50 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. on Saturday April10, 2010 for an event.
Miami River—I-95 Bridges (Not on the AICW): 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..
Geiger Creek Bridge, Boca Chica Key: BCC Engineering will be repairing the Geiger Creek Bridge, Boca Chica, Monroe County, Florida from March 15 through June 17, 2010. There will be barges in the waterway restricting the channel from April 1 to May 17, 2010; which can be moved to accommodate vessel passage. The barge can be contacted on VHF-FM channel 16 for passing information.
Boot Key Bridge, Marathon: The Boot Key Bridge, Marathon, Florida is tentatively scheduled for demolition in June 2010. The work will require two months to complete.
Johns Pass Bridge Update: Due to Johns Pass Bridge construction activities, the Johns Pass Channel will be closed and the bridge will be unable to open during specific times from March 7 to May 14, 2010. The Johns Pass Channel will be closed to all vessel traffic from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. each day from Sunday through Friday. The bridge will be unable to open from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, during this period the channel will be open to all vessels not requiring an opening. On Thursdays, the bridge will be unable to open from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.; however, the channel will be open to all vessels not requiring an opening. The channel will be closed to all traffic from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Thursdays and will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. with no restrictions. The channel and bridge will be open to unrestricted use from Friday 6:00 a.m. to Sunday 9:00 p.m. Law enforcement vessel will be on-scene to enforce all closures. Additional information 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.