East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
This is the season of fireworks displays, sailing events, regattas, races, rowing, tall ships visiting, swimming around islands and across bays and many other types of summer events. There are far too many to list here. Bridges may be closed, channels inaccessible and waterways blocked, usually only for a few hours. Events for each USCG District are listed either within the body of the Local Notice to Mariners or as an enclosure at the end. Check http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lnmMain.*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
USCG First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey
Sunken Fishing Vessel, Maine:
The 66' fishing vessel "DEBORAH LEE" was deliberately scuttled approximately 17 NM due south of Squirrel Island, ME on May 29, 2011. The wreck now lies in the following coordinates: 43 deg 31.83 N, 069 deg-38.26 W. (First District LNM 26)
Massachusetts Restricted Area on Saturday Nights:
Location. All waters of the Atlantic Ocean near Salisbury Beach, MA from surface to bottom, within a 350-yard radius of the fireworks barge located at position 42°50.6’N, 070°48.4’W (NAD 83).
Enforcement Period. This rule is effective from 9:30 p.m. on June 25, 2011 to 10:30 p.m. on September 9, 2011. This rule will be enforced every Saturday evening from 9:30 p.m. through 10:30 p.m. during the effective period. (First District LNM 26)
Current Meter Deployed:
The Woods Hole Group has deployed an acoustic doppler current meter in Morris Cove in the following position: 41-15.681N 072-54.152W. The instrument is in a frame on the bottom with no surface expression. The frame is approximately 5 ft. long by 3 ft. wide x 2 ft. high. The scheduled recovery date is 20 July 2010. Mariners are advised to proceed with caution while transiting the area. (First District LNM 26)
New Bedford Harbor Dredging:
Dredging is being done in New Bedford Upper Harbor until 30 November 2011. The hours of operation are 7 days a week from 6:00 am - 8:00 pm. A floating white oil boom is attached to piling as well as blinking lights located at the top of several pilings. On scene are dredges that are monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 & 16. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution and if transit is needed to contact VHF-FM channel 77 or the dredges. (First District LNM 26)
Jamestown Bridge Underwater Inspections:
A contractor for the Rhode Island Department of Transportation will conduct routine underwater inspection operations from approximately 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Saturday from June 13-24, 2011, and July 11-29, 2011, along the various piers of the Jamestown Bridge in the West Passage of Narragansett Bay. One or two divers will be in the water each day conducting inspections, and will be accompanied and monitored by a two-person crew aboard the 25’ Boston Whaler COLLINS. Appropriate flags will be displayed while divers are underwater. Crew aboard the COLLINS will be monitoring VHF channel 16 at all times during diving operations. The main channel of the West Passage will remain open to vessel traffic. The project point-of-contact is Mr. Chris Perry of Collins Engineering, who will be on-site and can be reached via cell phone at 860-463-0972. The Resident Inspector for the RI Department of Transportation is Mr. David Fish who can be reached at 401-222-2053, x4022. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution when navigating the West Passage of Narragansett Bay in the vicinity of the Jamestown Bridge during these underwater inspection operations. (First District LNM 24)
Buttermilk Channel Dredging:
Dredging will be done in Buttermilk Channel from 12 July - 30 October 2011. The hours of operation will be 7 days a week from 6:00 am - 6:00 pm. On scene will be the dredge's MICHIGAN & DELAWARE BAY, tug boats PAUL ANDREW, MARY ALICE & BRIAN NICHOLAS, launch boat MATTHEW SCOTT and scow's WITTE 1800, WITTE 2000 & WITTE 3000. (First District LNM 26)
Hudson River Boring:
Test borings are being done on the west side of the Hudson River, in (PA) 41-13-14.1N 074-57-53.4W, from 5 July - 5 August 2011. The hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 5:00 pm. On scene is a barge. (First District LNM 27)
Eastern Long Island Sound Testing:
Sediment profiles and data collection will be done in eastern Long Island Sound from 16 - 29 July 2011. The work is being done in (PA) 41-16.929N 072-14.361W. - 41-11.237N 071-39.836W. The hours of operation will be 7 days a weeks, 24 hours a day. On scene will be a sidescan sonar And sediment profile imaging system, which will be monitoring VHF-FM channel 16. (First District LNM 27)
Construction of an enclosure and removal of sediment will be done in the Lower Passaic River from July 2011 until September 2012. The hours of operation will Monday - Saturday from 7:00 am - 5:00 pm. Equipment will be in position 7 days, 24 hours a day. On scene will be barges & a tug (First District LNM 25)
USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina
New Cape May Jetty Radio Activated Sound Signal:
On or about 15 July 2011 the Coast Guard will install a Marine Radio Activated Sound Signal (MRASS) on Cape May Canal West Entrance North Jetty Light (LL 1675). A MRASS is activated by the mariner keying their VHF-FM radio a designated number of times on a designated VHF-FM channel. The sound signal is activated for a period of 30 minutes after which the activated assistance automatically turns off. The channel and number of times a mariner must key their VHF-FM radio will be published in column (8) Remarks section of the Light List. (5th District LNM 24)
Burlington-Bristol Bridge No Opening During Repairs:
Mariners are advised that replacement of operating lift span cables will be performed at the Burlington-Bristol (vertical-lift) Bridge on Route 413, at mile 117.8, across the Delaware River, between Burlington NJ and Bristol PA. To facilitate the replacement, the drawbridge will be closed to vessels beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday July 9, 2011 through 3 p.m. on Friday July 22, 2011. The drawbridge will be unable to open for vessels in the event of an emergency. The available vertical clearance in the closed position to vessels is approximately 62 feet, above mean high water. A barge/crane will be near the center of the channel, reducing the horizontal clearance to 200 ft. Vessels able to pass under the closed span may do so at anytime; mariners should adjust their transits accordingly and exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 24)
Christina River Bridge Restriction:
Mariners are advised that the 3rd Street Bridge (Route 13), over the Christina River, Mile 2.3 in Wilmington, DE will not open on signal and will require two hours advance notification for opening from July 18 through August 5, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Inspection teams will be testing bridge operating equipment and will not be in the waterway. (5th District LNM 25)
Susquehanna River Bridge Repairs:
Mariners are advised that foundation and substructure repairs will be conducted at the Millard E. Tydings Memorial (fixed) Bridge, at mile 3.2, across the Susquehanna River in Havre de Grace, MD, beginning August 1, 2011 and is scheduled to be completed by December 31, 2013. The work consists of installing cofferdams around all ten piers that are in the river. Any scaffolding and work platforms will be contained inside the cofferdams. Crane barges and support barges will be placed around the cofferdams. The work schedule will be Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., except when a concrete seal pour is being made. That work will be performed on Fridays at 6 a.m. and will run continuously until completed, up to 36 hours. The date of these pours has not yet been determined. The waterway equipment will remain on sight each night and will be marked in accordance with Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations 118.95. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 26)
Shoaling in Knapps Narrows:
Shoaling to a depth of 5.0 feet MLW has been reported extending channelward of Knapps Narrows East Channel Light 6 (LLNR 25950). (5th District LNM 26)
Finally--Steel Bridge (Dominion Boulevard) Replacement Proposed:
The U.S. Coast Guard has received an application from the City of Chesapeake VA for the proposed replacement of the existing Dominion Boulevard Bridge, at AIWW mile 8.8, across the Southern Branch Elizabeth River, along US 17, at Chesapeake, VA. The City proposes, under the Dominion Boulevard Improvements Project, to convert the existing Dominion Boulevard/US 17 to a limited access 4-lane toll facility from Interstate 464/64 interchange to a point approximately 0.75 mile south of Cedar Road. The proposed improvements include widening of Dominion Boulevard to a 4-lane divided toll roadway and the replacement of the existing Dominion Boulevard/US 17 Bridge, 2-lane double-leaf bascule (commonly known as the Steel Bridge) and its approaches, with a new 4-lane high-level fixed bridge and new approaches on essentially the same alignment. In addition, the City is seeking authorization to remove the existing foundations to 2 feet below the existing mud line versus removal its entirety. Full removal of the existing foundations will greatly disturb and loosen the soils surrounding the new pier foundations, severely reducing the lateral capacity that is critical for a 95-foot high-level fixed bridge. A new fender system will be constructed. The proposed vertical clearance for the new high-level fixed bridge is 95.0 feet, above mean high water. The proposed horizontal clearance between the faces of the fender system is 125 feet. Comments on the proposed construction of the new bridge should be forwarded to the above address attention (dpb) NO LATER THAN July 13, 2011. Copies of Public Notice 5-1228, which describe the proposal in detail, can be obtained by writing to the above address, by calling (757) 398-6222 or by viewing at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges. (5th District LNM 24)
New AICW Shoaling Reported in NC:
Shoaling to a depth of 5.3 ft MLW has been reported in the vicinity of Great Bridge to Albemarle Sound Light 170 (LLNR 37810). Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 25)
Wilkerson Bridge (AICW Mile 125.9) Painting to Reduce Vertical Clearance:
Gulf Coast Contracting will construct an encapsulation system underneath the Wilkerson Creek Bridge on SR 264, across the AIWW, at mile 125.9 at Belhaven, NC, beginning at 7 a.m. on July 7, 2011 through 6 a.m. on September 19, 2011. To facilitate sandblasting and painting of the structure, the available vertical clearance will be reduced from 65 feet to 60 feet, above mean high water. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District Bridge Branch)
Morehead City Dredging:
The dredge VIRGINIAN will commence dredging operations at the North Carolina State Port Docks in Morehead City, NC on or about 10 July, 2011. The project will include dredging at the State Port Docks and in the vicinity of the Radio Island Barge Docks and Aviation Fuel Dock. Tugs will tow scows from the dredging area to the offshore disposal area in the Atlantic Ocean. The project is expected to continue until 31 October, 2011. (5th District LNM 27)
North Carolina Minor Inlets Shoaling Again:
Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of New Topsail Inlet Buoy 4A (LLNR 30003) to a depth of 4.2 feet at mean low water. Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting the area.
Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of New River Inlet Buoy 4A (LLNR 29673) to a depth of 4.0 feet at mean low water. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution.
Shoaling has been reported throughout Lockwoods Folly Inlet to a depth of 4.2 feet at mean low water. Mariners are requested to transit the area with caution. (5th District LNM 26)
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida
Little River Swing Bridge Fender Repair:
R.L. Morrison and Sons, Inc. will begin repairing the fender system on the HWY 17 North, Little River Swing Bridge (Intracoastal Waterway Mile Marker 247.2) in Little River, SC on or about Monday, July 18, 2011. Operations with the crane barge “CAPT HARRINGTON” will be located at position 33° 51’ 11.56” N 79° 39’ 14.70”W. The barge and tug will be working in the draw, taking up no more than half the channel Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. thru 5:00 p.m. until approximately Saturday, August 19, 2011. Vessels requiring the full of width of the channel must provide one (1) hour advance notice. The one-hour notification may be made directly to either the Tug ELIZA LUCAS OR AMAZONAS on VHF Channels 13 or 16.
Mariners should maintain safe speeds and exercise caution while transiting the area.
For on-scene communications Tug ELIZA LUCAS and AMAZONAS will be monitoring VHF 13 and16. For more information please contact R.L. Morrison and Sons, Inc. at (843) 887-3261 or (843) 296-3654. For Coast Guard related issues, please contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division at (843) 740-3188 or Sector Charleston Command Center Line at (843) 720-7050. (MSIB (37-11), Sector Charleston)
Final Shuttle Launch Hazardous Area:
The Eastern Range will be conducting operations hazardous to shipping. The hazard will be contained in the following areas:
FROM 28-37N 080-43W TO 29-19N 080-04W TO 29-11N 079-54 TO 28-30N 080-35W TO BEGINNING
FROM 30-02N 079-51W TO 30-53N 079-03W TO 30-10N 078-11W TO 29-26N 079-08W TO BEGINNING
Hazard periods for primary launch day and backup day launch day:
Primary launch day: 08/1511Z THRU 08/1646Z Jul 11 T-0 IS 1511Z.
1st backup launch day: 09/1449Z THRU 09/1620Z Jul 11 T-0 IS 1449Z.
2nd backup launch day: 10/1423Z THRU 10/1557Z Jul 11 T-0 IS 1423Z. (7th District LNM 26)
Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On July 6, 2011 the lake level was reported at 9.84 feet and the navigational depths were 3.78 feet for Route 1 and 1.98 feet for Route 2 (Rim Route). You can check the daily lake level and navigational depths at http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Divisions/Engineering/Branches/WaterResources/WaterMgt/DOCS/Reports/r-oke.html .
According to a Notice to Navigation Interests dated June 14, 2011, when the lake level is between 10.5 and 9.0 feet there will be only two lockages, at 0900 and 1600. The current level falls within this range.
Check for updates at http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Divisions/Operations/Branches/Navigation/NavNotices.htm
From the Coast Guard: Due to current Lake Okeechobee water levels being below 10 feet, the Coast Guard recommends all mariners transit the lake with extreme caution and be aware that depths could change without notice. Currently Lake Okeechobee (Route 2) also known as the Rim Canal has been reported at less than 2 feet. If your plans are to use the Okeechobee Waterway you can visit the Army Corp of Engineers, Jacksonville, Florida offices' web site at http://www.saj.usace.army.mil. Once there you can check out the latest navigational bulletins. (7th District LNM 26)
Sunshine Skyway Fishing Piers Demolition:
Misener Marine Construction, Inc will be removing the existing Sunshine Skyway Fishing Piers using conventional means and methods. The Piers will be removed in sections utilizing multiple work floats and spud barges, which will be staged in the area during the duration of the project. The TUG TEDDY will be on scene facilitating the movement of the barges. The project will begin the week of June 20th, 2011 and is expected to continue until November, 2011. There is no impact to the navigable channel but mariners are reminded to exercise extreme caution and give the work crews ample room when transiting the area and may contact Misener Marine on VHF Channels 13, 16, or at 813-325-1599 for further details. (7th District LNM 26)
Reef Construction, West Coast Florida:
Charlotte County will be deploying concrete catch basins, culverts and power poles. The material will be deployed at the Palm Island Ferry Reef at 26°49.328N and 82°31.974W within the next 60 days. For further information please contact the Marine Contractor Supervisor, Mr. Dane Kelly at 239-482-7300. (7th District LNM 24)
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 27/2011:
NOTE: Information new with this alert is in bold. There are many on-going projects lasting sometimes for years. You can “Search” a bridge name for previous East Coast Alerts that may contain information that is still current.
Fort Pierce North Bridge: The Fort Pierce North Bridge (SR A1A/Banty Saunders) Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 964.8, Fort Pierce, St Lucie County, Florida will be inspected by a snooper truck on July 14, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Due to this inspection the bridge operation may be delayed up to 10 minutes for an opening.
Old Roosevelt Bridge (Dixie Highway): The bridge owner had notified the Coast Guard that they are planning on painting the Old Roosevelt (Dixie Highway) bridge across the (South Fork) St. Luce Canal mile 7.5, Stuart, Florida. This office will be working with the bridge owner, Florida Department of Transportation, their consultant and their contractor to determine if a change to the current bridge schedule will be necessary to complete this work. Due to scaffolding the vertical clearance of this bridge will be reduced up to three feet. This work is expected to start on July 5, 2011 and continue through December 2011.
Indiantown Road Bridge (AICW Mile 1006.2) Update: Bridge work will start on the Indiantown Road (SR 706) Bridge on June 13, 2011; but is not expected to impact the operation of the bridge until June 20, 2011.Due to painting operations, the SR 706 (Indiantown Road) Bridge, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1006.2, Jupiter, Palm Beach County, Florida operating schedule will be changed starting June 20, 2011, as follows:
The Indiantown Road Bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation from:
7:05 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. daily, seven days a week through August 30, 2011.
9:05 p.m. to 5:55 a.m. nightly for a period of 30 days.
The start date for this portion of the operation is July 5, 2011 and will continue until for 30 days. This may be extended due to weather. Updates will be published in a future Local Notice to Mariners. At all other times the bridge will open on the hour at the top of the hour.
Due to scaffolding, the vertical clearance will be reduced by three feet from July 20, 2011 through August 30, 2011.
Lake Avenue (Robert Harris) Bridge: Bridge work will start on the Lake Avenue (Robert Harris) Bridge on July 5, 2011. Due to painting operations, the Lake Avenue (Robert Harris) Bridge, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1028.8, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida the operating schedule will be changed starting July 5, 2011, as follows:
The Lake Avenue (Robert Harris) will be allowed to remain closed to navigation from:
7:05 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. daily, seven days a week through December, 2011.
9:05 p.m. to 5:55 a.m. nightly for a period of 30 days. The start date for this portion of the operation has not been scheduled; but will be published in a future Local Notice to Mariners.
At all other times the bridge will open on the hour at the top of the hour.
Due to scaffolding, the vertical clearance will be reduced by three feet from July 5, 2011 through December, 2011.
Atlantic Avenue Bridge: The bridge owner, Florida Department of Transportation has advised this office that there contractor Astron General Contracting will be painting the Atlantic Avenue Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1039.6, Palm Beach County, Florida from July 5, 2011 through December 5, 2011. This work is not anticipated to have an impact on vessel navigation.
Hillsboro Boulevard Bridge: Due to painting operations, the Hillsboro Boulevard Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1050.0, Deerfield Beach, Broward County, Florida will be placed on single-leaf operations with a four hour notice for a double-leaf operation. The contractor has indicated that they will need to place scaffolding on the bridge which will reduce the vertical clearance. It is anticipated that this work will start during July 2011; but the exact dates have not been provided at the time.
NE 14the Causeway Bridge: The NE 14th Street Causeway Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1055.0, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida will be allowed to not open to navigation from 9:00 p.m. on July 8, 2011 until 5:00 a.m. on July 9, 2011 for an event.
Commercial Boulevard Bridge: Due to painting operations, the Commercial Boulevard Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1059.0, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida will be placed on single-leaf operations with a two hour notice for a double-leaf operation. The contractor has indicated that they will need to place scaffolding on the bridge which will reduce the vertical clearance. It is anticipated that this work will start during July 2011; but the exact dates have not been provided at the time.
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.