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East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale

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

Off Shore Survey North Florida, South Georgia:
          The M/V Atlantic Surveyor will begin on or about April 21, 2010 and continuing through June 30, 2010 the team will be conducting hydrographic surveying operations in an area encompassing the approaches to St. Andrews Inlet in Georgia and the approaches to Fernandina Beach, Florida. The surveys will commence at the sea buoys at each location and will extend seaward to the extent of the federally designated approach channel fairways. The M/V Atlantic Surveyor is a 110', steel hulled survey boat with a black hull and a white deckhouse. The vessel is equipped with a keel mounted sonar transducer and will be towing a side scan sonar instrument approximately 5 meters off of the seafloor. The vessel will be conducting 24-hour operations and will be displaying restricted maneuvering day shapes and/or light signals as appropriate. In addition, the Atlantic Surveyor will maintain watch on VHF channels 13, 16, and 10 (call sign WTR5417). SAIC requests that all vessels give the M/V Atlantic Surveyor a wide berth in order to avoid becoming fouled in the towed equipment or otherwise interfering with surveying operations. Please direct any questions to Mr. Gary D. Paquette at (401) 847-4210. (7th District LNM 13)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
          On March 30, 2010 the lake level was reported at 14.59 feet.

Kissimmee River Partially Open:
          The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announces completion of the latest phase of Kissimmee River restoration and the temporary opening of the C-38 waterway to navigation. Waters are open from structures S-65A through S-65C and will remain open until May. (7th District LNM 13).

Shuttle Launch Update:
          Coordination for the (STS-131) Launch from Kennedy Space Center is Launch Target: 6:21am EDT- April 5, 2010. STS-131 is scheduled for a 13 day mission. For further information please contact Ms. Cathy Sham (218) 483-0125.
          The Eastern Range will be conducting operations hazardous to shipping, OP K2213, STS-131. The hazard will be contained in the following areas:
From 28-27N 080-34W to 29-00N 079-57W to 29-10N 080-07W to 28-37N 080-34W to beginning.
From 30-02N 079-51W to 30-55N 079-00W to 30-12N 078-08W to 29-26N 079-07W to beginning.
Hazard times for primary launch date: 05/1006Z through 05/1140Z April 2010. T-0 IS 1016Z.
Hazard times for backup launch date: 06/0943Z through 06/1114Z April 2010. T-0 IS 0943Z. (7th District LNM 13)

Dredging of AICW, Hollywood, FL:
          The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Palm Beach County, Florida has issued a Public Notice of proposed dredging on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway between S.E. 17th Street Causeway and the Dania Cut-Off Canal. The Public Notice Permit Application Number is SAJ-2007-06237 (IPDWP). If you have any questions concerning this application, you may contact David Pugh at the DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY, JACKSONVILLE DISTRICT CORPS OF ENGINEERS, REGULATORY DIVISION SOUTH SECTION, 4400 PGA BLVD, SUITE 500, PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLORIDA, 33410, or by electronic mail at david.w.pugh@usace.army.mil, or by telephone at 561-472-3514. (7th District LNM 13)

Wetland Restoration Project, Hollywood, FL:
          ATL Diversified Industries, Inc. will commence operations on or about April 1, 2010 and will take approximately 18 months. The waterside work to be performed within the first 12 months. Two marine contractors will be handling the barge work: Betancourt Construction, Inc. (working just south of the Sheridan Street Bridge) and Marin & Marin Construction (working just north of Holland Park halfway to Sheridan Street). The project will be performed during the daylight hours only. The barge(s) will remain onsite over night during the project and will maintain proper lighting. The marine portion of this project consist of the construction of 4,6600 linear feet of “rip-rap boulder crib” along the western shoreline of the ICW, utilizing cranes on two barges approximately 120’ by 30’, moved by push boats and spudded in place for construction activities. All work will be outside the ICW, however the barges will be moved around the ICW frequently to load materials. For further information please contact Mr. Rob Sumner, Project Manager, at (561) 965-2198. (7th District LNM 13)

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.
           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 April 12 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.
Closures: April 1-April 30, 2010: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.--West Channel of draw closed.
          May 1- May 31, 2010: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. daily: East Channel of draw closed.
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.

           Tequesta Drive Bridge, Loxahatchee River (Not on the AICW): Construction continues on the new Tequesta Drive Bridge across the Loxahatchee River, Tequesta, Palm Beach County, Florida. This work is expected to continue until June 30, 2010.
           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.
           Flagler Memorial Bridge, AICW, Mile 1021.8, to be Replaced: The Coast Guard has issued a public notice about the permit application for approval of location and plans to replace the Flagler Memorial Bascule Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (Lake Worth Lagoon), mile 1021.8, City of Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida. This public notice 2-10 which solicits comments through April 19, 2010, is attached to this Local Notice to Mariners. The comment period has been extended an additional week for all LNM subscribers (April 26, 2010). The project manager is Miss Evelyn Smart at (305) 415-6989 or by e-mail at Evelyn.Smart@uscg.dhs.gov.CG File: 33885

           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 closed to navigation from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on April 16, 2010. After this time, the bridge will be left in the open to navigation position until approximately 5:00 a.m. on April 19, 2010.
           Ft. Lauderdale Bridge Closures:
           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 April 1, 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 April 10, 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.