East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale
10/1/2010


Attention Snowbirds

Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010: Centerville Turnpike and North Landing Bridges Closed for Flooding:
Until further notice due to flooding, mariners are advised that the Centerville Turnpike (SR 170) Swing Bridge, at AIWW mile 15.2, across the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal and the S165 Swing Bridge, at mile 20.2, across North Landing River both in Chesapeake, VA are unable to open.  Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly. (5th District Bridge Branch)*
NOTE: This has to do with the present flooding situation along the East Coast brought on by a complex weather system involving a stalled out front, a strong low pressure system moving along it and its combination with moisture from the dissipated Tropical Storm Nicole. We have received 3-7 inches of rain locally, with more expected. We do not know how long these bridges will be closed, but would guess for at least a day or two.

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

Ben Sawyer Bridge Evening Closures:
The Ben Sawyer Bridge will be closed to vessel traffic on Wednesday, October 13th through Friday, October 15th in order to conduct bridge maintenance.  The closures will take place daily from 4 p.m. until 12 a.m.  For questions regarding the closure, please contact the Ben Sawyer Bridge Tender at (843) 883-3581.  If you have additional questions or concerns regarding this matter, please contact Coast Guard Sector Charleston at (843) 740-7050.  (MSIB 89-10, Sector Charleston)

St. Augustine Mooring Field Open:
            The first phase of the new St. Augustine City Mooring Field is now open with 30 completed moorings. These are located south of the Municipal Marina, and are part of the Menendez Mooring Field.

Boot Key Harbor Bridge Disassembly and Removal:
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone around the Boot Key Harbor Bridge in Marathon, Florida on September 23, 2010 to remain in effect during the disassembly and removal of the bridge. During the project, the bascule span of the bridge will need to be opened and closed, and construction barges may temporarily block the channel. This rule is necessary to protect the public and participants from the hazards associated with the opening, closing, and removal of the bascule span as well as the blocking of the channel. Entry into this zone is prohibited, unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port, Key West, Florida or a designated representative. Vessels should follow directions of law enforcement vessels and or construction personnel present and transit the area with caution.
This rule is effective September 23, 2010 until the bridge disassembly is completed and the waterway re-opened. For any questions concerning this safety zone contact U.S. Coast Guard Sector Key West at (305) 292-8727. (7th District LNM 38)

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

Bass Harbor: Safety Zone for Explosives during Ledge Removal:
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone around a ledge removal project in Bass Harbor, Maine. The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has contracted Prock Marine Company to remove a section of ledge in order to expand an anchorage area for the Town of Tremont. This regulation establishes a temporary safety zone around the work area where explosive charges will be used. This safety zone is necessary to protect waterway users from the hazards associated with explosive blasting and subsequent debris removal.
DATES: This rule is effective in the CFR on [INSERT DATE OF PUBLICATION]. This rule is effective with actual notice for purposes of enforcement beginning at 6:00 a.m. on October 1, 2010 through 11:59 p.m. on November 15, 2010.
ADDRESSES: Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket are part of docket USCG-2010-0806 and are available online by going to http://www.regulations.gov , inserting USCG-2010-0806 in the “Keyword” box, and then clicking “Search.” They are also available for inspection or copying at the Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this interim rule, call or e-mail Lieutenant Junior Grade Laura van der Pol, Waterways Management Division at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, telephone 207-741-5421, e-mail Laura.K.vanderPol1@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202- 366-9826. (1st District LNM 39)

 

Sunken Fishing Boat, Maine:
A 45 foot fishing vessel has been reported sunk 5.6NM southeast off Cutler, Maine in approximate position: 44-35.024N 067-08.284W. All mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting this area as underwater obstructions may be present. (1st District LNM 38)

Shoaling, Mass:
The Coast Guard has received a report of shoaling in the vicinity of The Nummet Channel Buoy 7 (LLNR 12760). Mariners are advised to proceed with caution when transiting the area. (1st District LNM 38)

Providence, RI Emergency Management Demonstration:
Providence Emergency Management Agency, Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation and other entities will be conducting a technology demonstration in the Port of Providence between October 4-7, 2010. Vessels and personnel from the Providence Police Department, Providence Fire Department and Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management are expected to be on the water throughout the exercise in the vicinity of the Providence Port piers. Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting the area. (1st District LNM 39)

Moriches Bay Dredging:
Dredging will be done in Moriches Bay from 1 - 31 October, 2010. The hours of operation will be 7 days a week, 6:00 am - 6:00 pm. On scene will be a hydraulic dredge, fuel, booster pump & crane barges, miscellaneous barges and two skiffs. Mariners are advised to proceed with caution while transiting the area. (1st District LNM 39)

Arthur Kill Dredging:
Dredging will be done at the Howland Hook Terminal, outside the federal channel (Arthur Kill), from 6 - 27 October 2010. The hours of operation will be 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene will be the dredge WOOD1, towing tug MISS YVETTE, tending tug EDNA, crew boat ALEX D and scows WEEKS 70, 71, 77, 78, 80 81 & SEI 2003 and SEI 2001. All vessels will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 & 67. (1st District LNM 39)

Harlem River Closures:
Harlem River will be closed at the Willis Ave Bridge during the following tentatively scheduled dates/times: Oct 5 from 1100-2200; Oct 6 & 7 from 0700-1700; and Oct 12 from 0500-1700. Dates and times may change due to emergency repairs to the Park Ave Railroad Bridge and unforeseen on scene conditions. These closures are necessary for removal of the old swing span and flanking span. A Coast Guard Advisory Notice will be posted to http://homeport.uscg.mil/newyork > Waterways Management > 01. Advisory Notices once the schedule has been finalized. Safety broadcasts will also be initiated. (1st District LNM 39)
The Harlem River will be closed at the Willis Ave Bridge from 0600-1000, Monday through Friday, from Sep 29 to Oct 15, 2010, due to the removal of gate houses as part of the Willis Ave Bridge replacement project. A partial Bronx, or Manhattan, channel will be made available FOR EMERGENCY VESSELS ONLY. The contractor will post signs at the work site designating the partial channel. (1st District LNM 39)

Yonkers, NY Environmental Investigations:
Environmental investigations will be done in Rondout Creek from 20 September - 30 November 2010. The hours of operation will be Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. On scene will be a flat-bottom boat, pontoon boat & small barge. (1st District LNM 37)

Dredging in Yonkers, NY:
Dredging will be done at the American Refining Co., in Yonkers, from 16 - 30 September 2010. The hours of operation will be Monday - Friday, 24 hours a day. On scene will be the dredge MICHIGAN & MARY ALICE, tug PAUL ANDREW, Launch MATTHEW SCOTT & dump scows WITTE 4001 & 4002. On scene point of contact is Brian Henry and he may be reached at 908-413-3003. (1st District LNM 37)

Pile Work, Jersey City:
Timber pile extraction and driving will be done @ the Caven Pt. marine Terminal in Jersey City from 20 September - 18 November, 2010. The hours of operation will be Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 3:30 pm. On scene will be a barge & crane and scow. Marines are requested to proceed with caution produce no wake while transiting the area. (1st District LNM 37)

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

NJ Bridge Limited Vertical Clearance:
STARTING SEPTEMBER 25, 2010, AND LASTING UNTIL A PROJECTED DATE OF JANUARY 2011, VESSELS INTENDING TO TRANSIT THE ICW AT THE RT52/9TH STREET BRIDGE (ICW MILE 80.4) WILL BE LIMITED TO A 44 FOOT 8 INCH VERTICAL LIMITATION. (5th District Bridge Branch)

Survey off Atlantic City:
Weeks Marine will be conducting a geotechnical survey in the coastal waters off of Atlantic City, NJ with the Jack Up Barge WEEKS 750 from 24 September until 07 October, 2010. Operations will be 24/7 and the barge will show appropriate lighting. The tug NEPTUNE will be on scene and monitoring VHF-FM Channels 16 and 65. The survey will be conducted between 39-17.9N, 074-26.2W and 39-19.6N, 074-22.9W. Chart: 12318. (5th District LNM 38)

NJ Drawbridge to Close for a Month:
The Cape May County Bridge Commission owns and operates the County Route 619, Grassy Sound Channel Drawbridge, mile 1.0, in Middle Township, NJ and has hired Allied Painting Inc. to complete the project. They plan for a temporary deviation from the regulations governing the bridge’s operation. They will deviate from that portion of the regulation 33 CFR 117.721 by temporarily requiring that the bridge need not be opened between 5 a.m. on October 15, 2010 and 5 p.m. on November 15, 2010. Mariners will be able to take a detour through the nearby Great Channel Drawbridge. (5th District LNM 39)

Delaware River Dredging:
The dredge PULLEN will be conducting dredging operations in the Delaware River on the Marcus Hook Range from 27 September until 25 October, 2010. A pipeline will run from the dredging site through the Marcus Hook Anchorage to the Pedricktown South Disposal Area. On or about 26 October, 2010 the dredge will move to the New Castle range to dredge until completed. The dredge will monitor VHF- FM Channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 39)

Caution at Walt Whitman Bridge:
Mariners are advised to take caution when approaching the Walt Whitman Bridge, over the Delaware River, Mile 96.8 in Philadelphia, PA. A safety boat will be along the navigable channel while scaffolding is installed between September 28 and December 30, 2010. Vertical clearance will not be reduced and the waterway shall remain open to navigation. (5th District LNM 39).

Choptank River Diving and Underwater Survey Work:
Archaeological dive and underwater survey operations will be conducted in the Choptank River in the vicinity of the Route 50 Bridge from 28 September until 10 October, 2010. Operations will be conducted daily from 0700 a. m. until 0500 p.m. The M/V DAWN II (call sign 9068), a 46 ft cabin cruiser, will be the primary on scene vessel and will monitor VHF-FM Channel 16 and display both the Diver Down and Code A flags when diving operations are in progress. The requested safety area around the operations is 100 yards from all points on the DV while the Code Flags are displayed This vessel will also be engaged in surveying operations between dive operations and the appropriate Code Flags will be displayed during all activities and the required protocols will be adhered to. Contact information: CAPT. Larry Simms 410-456-8065 (Cell), DR. David McCullough (R. CHRISTOPHER GOODWIN & ASSOCIATES INC.) 301-401-2033 (Cell), Steve Schmidt (R. CHRISTOPHER GOODWIN & ASSOCIATES INC.) 301-514-9014 (Cell), Dan Gross, Dive Safety Officer (R. CHRISTOPHER GOODWIN & ASSOCIATES INC.) 301-401-7699 (Cell). (5th District LNM 39)

Baltimore Approaches Dredging:
The dredges ATLANTIC and VIRGINIAN will be conducting dredging operations in the approaches to Baltimore in the Brewerton Channel/Tolchester Range to Courthouse Point from 03 September until 31 December, 2010. The dredges will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. It is requested that all traffic call 30 minutes prior to passing the dredges. Tugs and scows will transport dredged material to the Pooles Island Disposal area. All transiting vessels are asked to proceed at a NO WAKE speed when passing the dredge. (5th District LNM 35)

Upper Potomac Survey:
The F/V LADY J will be conducting a hydrographic survey of the Upper Potomac River from Haynes Point into the Anacostia River from 29 September until 05 October, 2010. The vessel will monitor VHF-FM Channel 13 and 16. It is requested all vessels observe a CPA of at least 150’ behind and around vessel and a NO WAKE passing. (5th District LNM 39)

NOAA Survey Lower Chesapeake:
The NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson will be conducting surveying operations in the lower Chesapeake Bay and approaches to the Chesapeake Bay during the September through November months depending upon weather and time availabilities. The general survey area will be just to the east of the southern approach, centered 9.0nms east of the Chesapeake Bay Southern Approach Lighted Whistle Buoy CB (LLNR 410) . When weather allows, survey operations will shift to the inside of the Bay near Cape Charles. The Thomas Jefferson is a 208 ft long, white Federal survey vessel that operates in conjunction with its two 30 ft long survey launches. If you have any questions or would like to discuss this project, feel free to contact NOAA at email at ops.thomas.jefferson@noaa.gov <mailto:ops.thomas.jefferson@noaa.gov> or via phone 757-647-0187. (5th District LNM 38)

Hampton River Dredging:
Hodges Enterprises will be conducting dredging operations in the Hampton River, north of the Booker T. Washington Bridge from 27 September until 27 March, 2011. A barge with a bucket crane will be used. All vessels are requested to transit at a NO WAKE speed. Chart: 12245. (5th District LNM 38)

Dredging in James River:
The dredge JERI-B will be conducting dredging operations in the James River in the vicinity of Tribell Shoal Channel from 27 September until 15 October, 2010. The dredge and the tenders Razorback and LORENA-II will monitor VHF-FM Channels 12, 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 39)

New Gilmerton Bridge Construction Begins:
McLean Contracting will be constructing new cofferdams, pile driving and excavating in the construction of the new Gilmerton Bridge (Rt. 13 Bridge) from September until July 2012. Tug boats and assisting vessels will monitor VHF-FM Channel 13. Mariners are requested to transit with caution, a NO WAKE speed and contact the assisting tug if necessary. (5th District LNM 35)

Dismal Swamp Canal on Reduced Schedule:
Beginning 15 September, 2010 and until further notice, the locks at Deep Creek, VA and South Mills, NC will be operated only at 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., 7 days a week. The draw bridges adjacent to these locations will be operated in coordination with the locks. Operating hours are being reduced due to low water levels in Lake Drummond and the Dismal Swamp due to insufficient rain fall in the watershed. For vessels unable to comply with the reduced schedule , the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, through the Great Bridge Lock in Chesapeake, VA, will be open 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. All bridge and lock operators monitor VHF-FM Channel 13. (5th District LNM 38)

New Beaufort (NC) Bridge Proposed:
SEP 2 4 2010
PRELIMINARY PUBLIC NOTICE 5-1197
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
The purpose of this notice is to notify mariners, adjacent property owners, and government agencies that the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) proposes plans for a replacement bridge to be constructed across navigable waters of the United States.
WATERWAY AND LOCATION: Gallants (Beaufort) Channel, mile 0.1 from the mouth, along US 70 in Beaufort, Carteret County, NC.
CHARACTER OF WORK: NCDOT, in coordination with the Federal Highway Administration, proposes improvements for US 70 from Radio Island to near Olga Road (SR 1426) in Beaufort, Carteret County. The project involves replacement of the existing US 70 drawbridge over Gallants (Beaufort) Channel and related approaches, with a longer high-rise bridge and improving US 70 to a multi-lane facility. The information gathered as a result of this preliminary public notice will assist the US Coast Guard in determining adequate minimum horizontal and vertical clearances for the proposed fixed-span bridge alternative crossing Gallants (Beaufort) Channel. The type of vessel information needed includes the vessel types that transit the waterway, commercial or recreational usage, height, draft, length, beam, tonnage, and mooring locations in Gallants (Beaufort) Channel. Please submit the attached form in response to this preliminary public notice. The proposed bridge will provide 65 feet of vertical clearance along its length across Gallants Channel and a horizontal clearance of 100 feet between piles. It is requested that the Coast Guard be provided with navigational information such as the sizes and types of vessels presently owned and operated on Gallants (Beaufort) Channel as they relate to the proposed vertical and horizontal clearances.
SOLICITATION OF COMNIENTS:
It is further requested that mariners and adjacent property owners express their views from a navigational standpoint, in writing, on the proposed project giving sufficient detail to establish a clear understanding of their reasons for support of or opposition to this project. Comments will be received for the record at the office of Commander (dpb), Fifth Coast Guard District, 431 Crawford Street, Portsmouth, Virginia 23704-5004 through OCT 2 4 2010 . (5th District Bridge Branch)

New Shoaling in Smaller NC Inlets:
Shoaling to a depth of 1.8 feet MLW has been reported from Bogue Inlet Buoy 3 (LLNR 29505) to Bogue Inlet Lighted Buoy 5 (LLNR 29515). Mariners should transit this channel with extreme caution. (5th District LNM 39)
A USACOE survey conducted 17 September, 2010 indicates shoaling to a depth of 2.3 feet MLW between New Topsail Inlet Buoy 1 (LLNR 29975) and New Topsail Inlet Buoy 2 (LLNR 29985) and shoaling to a depth of 0.3 feet MLW channelward of New Topsail Inlet Lighted Buoy 5 (LLNR 30010). Mariners should avoid transiting these areas during periods of low water and exercise extreme caution when transiting during other tidal periods. (5th District LNM 39)

Cape Fear River Construction:
Mariners are advised that the pier at the VOPAK South Terminal will be under replacement/repair from 17 September until 20 November, 2010. Numerous crane barges and floating platforms will be moored to the construction site. All vessels are requested to transit at a NO WAKE speed. (5th District LNM 38)

New Sunset Beach Bridge Completed:
AIWW – Sunset Blvd/SR-1172 (lift) Bridge – New high-level fixed highway bridge completed 1 SEP 10. Bridge dedication will be held Friday 1 OCT 10. (5th District LNM 38)

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

Myrtle Beach Area ICW to Close for Triathlon:
Coast Guard Sector Charleston will enforce a safety zone on a portion of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway during the Myrtle Beach Triathlon.  This safety zone will be in effect from 7 a.m. through 12 p.m. on October 2, 2010.  It will include an area bounded by a straight line between approximate positions 33° 45’ 34”N, 078° 49’ 42”W and 33° 45’ 31”N, 078° 49’ 40”W, and another straight line between approximate positions 33° 45’ 59”N, 078° 48’ 58”W and 33° 45’ 56”N and 078° 48’ 56”W.  No one may enter, transit, moor, anchor, or loiter within the safety zone unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port Charleston or his designated representative. (MSIB 87-10, Sector Charleston)

Barefoot Landing Bridge to Close for Maintenance:
The Barefoot Landing Bridge will be closed to vessel traffic at 10 p.m. on Sunday, October 3rd until 6 a.m. on Monday October 4th in order to conduct bridge maintenance.  For questions regarding the closure, please contact the Barefoot Landing Bridge Tender at (843) 361-3291.  If you have additional questions or concerns regarding this matter, please contact Coast Guard Sector Charleston at (843) 740-7050. (MSIB 85-10, Sector Charleston)

Dredge Operations in Kings Island Turning Basin, Savannah, GA:
Marinex Construction, Inc. will continue dredging operations with the dredge "HAMPTON ROADS" on or about October 6, 2010. Dredging operations will take place in the Kings Island Turning Basin, Savannah River, Savannah, GA between Channel Marker R24, Whitehall Channel and Channel Marker R24, New Range Channel. Dredging will continue on a 24 hours per day, 7 days per week basis until approximately December 1, 2010. For on-scene communications, contact the Dredge "HAMPTON ROADS" on VHF radio channels 13 & 16. For further information contact Thomas G. Payne at (843) 722-9083. (7th District LNM 37)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On September 29, 2010 the lake level was reported at 14.12 feet. You can check the daily lake level at http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/reports/r-oke.html .

Port Everglades Area Navy Exercises:
The U.S. Navy will be conducting surface and submerged maneuvers in the water immediately SE of Port Everglades inlet. The operations are scheduled within a period beginning on 0000 hrs 27 September to 2400 hrs on 02 October 2010. The vessel will be working between 60 feet of water and 600 feet of water approximately 3/4 NM to 3 NM off shore, and from 1/2 NM south of the Port Everglades inlet to 2.5 miles south of the Port Everglades inlet. The naval asset will have restricted maneuverability. All vessels are asked to steer clear of the naval vessel. Ships entering Port Everglades are requested to enter from the NE thereby avoiding the waters south of the channel. To allow for safe vessel operations all vessel traffic transiting the area are requested to stay 5 NM east of Port Everglades. (7th District LNM 38)

Miami Harbor Construction:
Ebsary Foundation Co. Inc. will commence construction project using two crane barges in the F.E.C. Railroad Co. Turning Basin at the western end of Government Cut at the slip /basin area located between American Airlines Arena and Bicentennial Park. The project is scheduled to commence on or about September 10, 2010 and estimate completion on or about February 1, 2011. The construction barges are scheduled to work Mon thru Fri from 0700 until 1700. For additional information, please contact Ebseray Foundation Co. Inc. at (305) 325-0530. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 36)

Port of Miami Tunnel Project Core Sampling:
Contractors for the Port of Miami Tunnel Project will commence Core Sampling in Government Cut between the Port of Miami and Watson Island on or about Sept 28 thru Nov 4th. The Core Sampling will be conducted from two spud barges. For further information, contact Mr. Chuck Forsythe at (305) 894-1800. See enclosure for diagram. All mariners are advised to transit the area at slow speed/minimum wake. (7th District LNM 39)

Hazards to Navigation:
Florida East Coast: Lake Worth South DBN 36 (LLNR 46975) reported broken with piling exposed below the waterline. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 38)
Florida West Coast: The Coast Guard has received a report of a 22 FT submerged sailboat with the mast exposed out of the water in approx position 26-45.499N 082-08.764W in the vicinity of Charlotte Harbor Channel LB 5 (LLNR 19925). All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 38)
The Coast Guard has received a report of a partially submerged 26 FT sailing vessel in approximate position 28-38.09N 082-48.41W. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 38)
The Coast Guard has received a report of a broken piling approx 1 FT above the waterline in the WITHLACOOCHEE CHANNEL in the vicinity of WITHLACOOCHEE RIVER ENTRANCE DBN 3 (LLNR 29380) in pos 28-58.35N 082-49.266W. The piling is marked with a black fender. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 39)

Lower Keys/Flamingo Area Construction:
Jay Cashman, Inc. Construction Co. will be working on failed sheetpile dams on the Homestead Canal (25.1559N -081.0941W) and East Cape Canal (25.1374N -081.0663W) from October 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011. The old dams will be replaced with new sheetpile and earthen dams. Shallow draft barges will move equipment and materials from large barges anchored offshore of East Cape through the Flamingo channel, East Cape Canal and Ingraham Canal to one of two inshore staging areas within Everglades National Park: 1) Near the junction of the East Cape and Ingraham Canals, approximate pos 25.1353N -081.0661W and 2) Near the west end of the Ingraham Canal, approximate pos 25.1439N - 081.0812W. Barges will anchor at these sites day and night and will transport materials to the construction sites during daylight hours.
The Homestead Canal and East Cape Canals north of the Ingraham Canal junction will be closed to the public during the construction period and “No Wake” zones will be established near the two inshore staging areas and also at times within the Lake Ingraham Channel from the second staging area to the Homestead entrance channel. Boaters will be able move past barges anchored in the staging areas but may not be able to transit the eastern part of the Lake Ingraham Channel while barges are also transiting this area. During part of the construction period a well marked hydraulic pipeline will be installed adjacent to the northern edge of the Lake Ingraham channel and the eastern edge of the Homestead entrance channel.
During the period from October 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011 large barges will be moving construction equipment and materials between Key West and an offshore anchorage just outside the Everglades National Park boundary near the channel leading to Flamingo. Barges will be anchored day and night within an “L” shaped area about 1.9 miles southeast of East Cape bounded by the following points: 1) 25.0922N -081.1064W, 2) 25.0938N -081.1064W, 3) 25.0938N -081.1058W, 4) 25.0930N -081.1058W, 5) 25.0930N -81.0998W, 6) 25.0922N -81.0998W. Smaller barges will periodically move equipment and materials through the Flamingo Channel then up the East Cape and Lake Ingraham Canals to work sites within Everglades National Park.
For more information contact Mr. DeWitt Smith at 305-224-4218. (7th District LNM 38)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 39:
NOTE: In the past we have kept specific bridge information in this Florida Bridge Update list as long as it’s current. Some projects go on for months or years, so we have decided to remove items which have appeared for several alerts, or which are nearing their expiration date. Information new with this alert is in bold.
Sisters Creek Bridge (AICW Mile 739.2): …work is expected to completed by April 2011. Nighttime closures of the bascule span are expected for 1-2 weeks in October 2010.
Max Brewer Bridge (AICW Mile 878.9): The A Max Brewer Bridge, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 878.9, Titusville, Brevard County, Florida is being replaced with a high-level fixed bridge. This work will continue through April 2011.
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 45/US 41 Bridge (GIWW): C.E.M. Enterprises, Inc will be conducting repairs on the underside of the SR 45/US 41 Bridge over Roberts Bay, Nokomis, Florida from September 20, 2010 to October 10, 2010 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. A work barge will be moored at the edges of the channel during daylight hours. Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting the area and may contact the work crews on VHF channel 16 for more details.
SR 45 Bridge, Little Manatee River: M&J Construction is conducting scour repairs to the SR 45 over Little Manatee River, Hillsborough County, Florida. The channel under the SR 45 Bridge may be occasionally partially blocked by a barge. Vessels requiring passage should contact M&J Construction on VHF channel 16. The barge requires a 20 minute notification to move. Repairs are expected to be completed by December 16, 2010. Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting this area.

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.