East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale
10/13/2011


Attention Snowbirds:

St. Augustine Inlet Update:
St. Augustine Inlet Lighted Buoy 5 (LLNR 9495) has been re-established. St. Augustine Inlet Temp Lighted Buoy 5A and St Augustine Inlet Temp Buoy 6 have been relocated. The entrance to St Augustine Inlet is subject to frequent changes in depth and direction because of shifting shoals. Buoys are not charted because of frequent changes in position. Mariners are advised to seek local knowledge prior to entering the channel. (7th district LNM 40)*

*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

NOTE: The past several USCG First District Local Notices to Mariners (LNM) have contained a number of proposed changes to navigational aids which mariners should be aware of, but are too numerous to list in these alerts. The general  types of changes include discontinuing aids entirely, discontinuing sound signals on aids, changing from unlit to lit and vice-versa, adding radio activated fog signals, discontinuing emergency lights and reducing nominal range due to change-over to LED technology.  If you have concerns about changes in your cruising grounds, you might want to look at the list in the latest LNM (Week 41), which will also include the still active list from several previous LNMs (back to week 37).

New Hampshire Construction:
The Public Service of New Hampshire will commence tower construction work to replace energized insulators between Newington, NH and Eliot, ME. The construction work will commence on October 17, 2011 and conclude on October 25, 2011. Construction work includes moving heavy loads of equipment over the water via helicopter between coordinates 43°05'55'"N, 70°47'05"W and 43°06'03"N, 70°46'49"W. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting through the area. (First District LNM 41)
 
Gloucester, Mass. Area Shoaling :
The Coast Guard has received a report of shoaling in Annisquam River. Aids to navigation have been relocated to best mark the channel. Mariners are advised to proceed with caution. (First District LNM 41)

Newport Cruise Ship Anchorage Expansion Proposed:
The Coast Guard proposes to change the shape and expand the dimensions of anchorage "D" at Newport, Rhode Island, to better accommodate increasing cruise ship visits to Newport and to improve navigation safety. Comments and related material, including requests for public meetings, must be received by the Coast Guard on or before October 27, 2011. (76 Fed. Reg. 59596, September 27, 2011). (First District LNM 41) Check http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-27/html/2011-24729.htm

Montauk Harbor Dredging:
Dredging is being done in Montauk Harbor, Long Island between the two jetties inlet, from approximately 13 October - 21 November 2011. The hours of operation are 7 days a week during daylight hours. On scene is the ELLIOT 370 GRACE, barge, support & crew boat. The pipeline across the channel is marked with buoys and light floats. Mariners are requested to remain 300 ft away from the dredge and pipeline, to pass through the east side of the jetty and notify the dredge on VHF-FM channels 13 and or 16 before passing. (First District LNM 41)

Dredging in Yonkers:
Dredging is being done at the American Refined Sugar Dock in Yonkers until approximately 31 October 2011. The hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 24 hours a day. On scene are the dredges MICHIGAN & MARY ALICE, tug PAUL ANDREW, launch MATTHEW SCOTT and scows WITTE 4001 & 4002. (First District LNM 39)

NYC Battery Area Construction:
Trevcon Construction will have 30' x 90' barges working within Slip 7 at the Battery Maritime Building conducting restoration work. Work hours are Mon-Fri during daylight hours from Oct 17, 2011 to Mar 1, 2012. Trevcon point of contact is Mr. Mike Heard, Trevcon, 732.433.0510. (First District LNM 41)

Hudson River NY Harbor Construction:
Construction operations will occur in the Hudson River approximately 400 feet northwest of Pier 92. Trevcon Construction will have one 140' x 50' crane barge spudded down and one 90' x 30'  material scow on site from approximately Oct 5 to Dec 15, 2011. Work hours are Mon-Sat, 0500-1600. During this time a temporary cofferdam and pilings will be installed. They will be removed upon completion of power cable laying operations. During non working hours, the unmanned construction platform will remain on site. The crane barge will not move on demand. Each vessel transiting in the vicinity of the work area is requested to do so at reduced speed to maintain maneuverability while minimizing the effects of wake and surge. Mariners are requested to contact the barge on Channel 13 to make any necessary passing arrangements. One emergency tug will be on site when cruise ships are arriving to, or departing from, Pier 92 south and Pier 90 north, at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal. (First District LNM 40)

Buffalo River Sediment Sampling:
Sediment sampling will be done in the Buffalo River, 700 ft downstream to 1400 ft upstream, from 17 - 21 October 2011. The hours of operation will be 7:00 am - 6:00 pm. On scene will be 32 ft pontoon vessel, R/V  MANASQUAN. VHF-FM channels 13 and 16 will be monitored. (First District LNM 41)

Erie Canal Update:
As of today, October 13, 2011:
Erie Canal Locks remaining CLOSED: E8 through E17.
Erie Canal Locks OPEN: E2 through E7, and all locks west of E17
Updated information is available at www.canals.ny.gov or by calling 1-800-4canal4.
NY Governor Cuomo announced on September 26, 2011 that there would be  a two-week period of opening of the Erie Canal starting on Thanksgiving Day, November 24 through December 8, 2011 for waiting vessels to pass through. The press release is available at http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/09262011ErieCanaltoOpen

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

USCG Point Pleasant Pier to be Removed:
Dal Construction, LLC will be removing the pier at USCG Pt. Pleasant Station from 13 October, 2011 until 12 January, crane barges will be on site. When barges are being moved the assisting vessel will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. It is requested that all vessels transit the work site at a NO WAKE speed. (5th District LNM 40)

Hereford Inlet Sea Buoy to be Discontinued:
On or about 31 December 2011, Hereford Inlet Lighted Whistle Buoy H (LLNR 95) will be discontinued. (5th District LNM 40).

Dredging West Cape May Canal and Ferry Terminal:
The Dredge JENNI LEA will be conducting dredging operations at the Cape May Ferry Terminal from 15 October until 15 November, 2011. The tenders MISS LEANNE and ANN KAY will be on scene. The dredge and assisting vessels will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. A lighted floating and submerged pipeline will traverse southwesterly along the south shoreline to the Upland Disposal Area D. (5th District LNM 41)

Cape May Dredging:
There will be dredging operations in Cape May beginning on 03 October , 2011 until approximately 15 December, 2011. The dredge TEXAS will commence dredging operations along the Atlantic Ocean coast of Cape May under the direction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The project consists of beach nourishment from Cape May Inlet to Lower Township in Cape May. The submerged pipeline will be 18,000 feet and run from the beach near the jetties to the offshore borrow site. The jack up barge BOOSTER REGGIE will be positioned 6,000 feet away from the dredge along the submerged pipeline. Operations will take place twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven (7) days per week until completion....The Dredge Operator will standby on channels #13 and #16 VHF-FM. For any comments or questions, contact MST2 Fae Bailey at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, PA. Telephone number (215) 271-4864. (5th District LNM 39)

Upper Delaware River Dredging:
The Dredge CHARLESTON will be conducting dredging operations in the Fairless Turning Basin from 18 October until 10 November, 2011. A pipeline will run along the north bank to the Money Island Disposal Area. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 41)

Dredging Delaware Coast:
There will be dredging operations Cape Henlopen to Fenwick Island beginning on 20 September, 2011 until approximately 15 January , 2012. The dredges ILLINOIS, DODGE ISLAND, and PADRE ISLAND will commence dredging operations along the coast of Delaware under the direction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The project consists of flood control and coastal emergency repair to the Delaware coast from Cape Henlopen to Fenwick Island. The submerged pipeline will be 14,000 feet and the floating pipeline will be 3,000 feet which will run north-south from South Bethany Beach to the Fenwick Island borrowing area. Operations will take place twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven (7) days per week until completion....The Dredge Operator will standby on channels #13 and #16 VHF-FM. For any comments or questions, contact MST2 Fae Bailey at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, PA. Telephone number (215) 271-4864. (5th District LNM 39)

Baltimore Harbor Dredging:
The dredge DB-2400 will be conducting dredging operations along the pier at the Constellation Energy Brandon Shores Coal facility from 03 October until 17 October, 2011. Mariners are urged to transit with caution and NO WAKE and may contact the dredge on VHF-FM Channels 13 and 10. (5th District LNM 40)

Annapolis DGPS Unusable Time:
Unusable time is approved for the Annapolis, MD DGPS site for preventive maintenance on the following dates and times:
A. Primary- 25 Oct. 2011 from 1300Z to 1500Z (0900-100 EDT).
B. Alternate- 26Oct. 2011 from 1300Z to 1500Z (0900-100 EDT). (5th District LNM 40)

South River Shoreline Improvement:
Mariners are advised that a shoreline improvement project is scheduled to occur along the South River from October 10, 2011 through February 15, 2012. The project includes placing stone material along the shoreline at South River Farms Park in Edgewater, Anne Arundel County, MD. The material will be delivered to the site by barge. A barge will remain anchored on the South River near Limehouse Cove, in approximate position latitude 38°55'18.2"N, longitude 076°30'38.9"W. Interested mariners may contact the Central Marine Construction, Inc. tender "PUSHERMAN" on marine band radio channel 16 VHF/FM. (5th District LNM 40)

Dredging South River Area:
Lake Services, Inc. will be conducting mechanical dredging in Duvall Creek and Kitty Creek from 13 October, 2011 until 25 February, 2012 . The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 41)

Mid Chesapeake Bay Bottom Survey:
The survey vessel M/V SHEARWATER will be conducting a geophysical bottom survey of the Chesapeake Bay from Cove Point to Taylors Island from 06 October until 01 November, 2011. The vessel will tow a 500 foot subsurface data recorder and will be restricted in its ability to maneuver. The vessel will monitor VHF-FM channel 16 and it is requested that all vessels remain clear to avoid fouling the towed gear. (5th District LNM 40)

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Dedication Safety Zone:
Mariners are advised that as described in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Section 165.T05-0929, the Coast Guard has established a temporary security zone in the waters of the Potomac River during the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Dedication Ceremony in Washington, DC on Sunday, October 16, 2011. The security zone will be enforced from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time on October 16, 2011. The security zone includes all waters of the Potomac River, Georgetown Channel, within 75 yards from eastern shore measured perpendicularly to the shore between the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Bridge and the Arlington Memorial Bridge, and within 150 yards from eastern shore measured perpendicularly to the shore from the Arlington Memorial Bridge to the George Mason Memorial Bridge (the most western bridge of the 5-span, Fourteenth Street Bridge Complex), including all waters of the Georgetown Channel Tidal Basin, located in Washington, DC. The zone is necessary to control vessel traffic for the security and safety of life and property on navigable waters during the event. The effect will be to restrict vessel traffic on certain portions of the Potomac River. Entry into or remaining in this security zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Baltimore, MD. All vessels underway within this zone at the time it is implemented are to depart the zone. Persons or vessels requiring entry into or passage through the zone must first request authorization from the COTP Baltimore or his designated representative. To seek permission to transit the area, the COTP Baltimore and his designated representatives can be contacted at telephone number (410) 576–2693 or on Marine Band Radio, VHF-FM channel 16. The Coast Guard vessels enforcing this section can be contacted on Marine Band Radio, VHF-FM channel 16. Upon being hailed by a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) vessel by siren, radio, flashing light, or other means, the operator of a vessel shall proceed as directed. If permission is granted, all persons and vessels must comply with the instructions of the COTP Baltimore and proceed at the minimum speed necessary to maintain a safe course while within the zone. The USCG may be assisted in the patrol and enforcement of the zone by Federal, State, and local agencies. Comments or questions may be directed to the Sector Command Center, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, at telephone (410) 576-2693 or (410) 576-2525. (5th District LNM 41)

Tangier Island Dredging:
The Dredge BIG BIRD will be conducting dredging operations in the Tangier Island channels and basin from 17 October , 2011 until 18 January, 2012. A pipeline will run from the dredge site to the southwestern shoreline of Tangier Island. The dredge and assisting tug will monitor VHF-FM 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 41)

York River Warning Lights Established:
The Mears Group, Inc. will be establishing eighteen (18) temporary warning lights until November 1, 2011in association with their on-going 230KV Line Project in the York River. The lights will be positioned from the north shoreline of the York River out to the existing North Platform. Each light will have a flashing 2 second white light (Fl Y 2s) and two warning dayboards, “NW’s” worded “DANGER”.
Light positions are:
Light A 37 15 15.64N, 076 26 36.96W
Light B 37 15 15.64N, 076 26 36.84W
Light C 37 15 14.90N, 076 26 36.81W
Light D 37 15 14.90N, 076 26 36.68W
Light E 37 15 14.16N, 076 26 36.86W
Light F 37 15 14.16N, 076 26 36.94W
Light G 37 15 13.41N, 076 26 37.06W
Light H 37 15 13.41N, 076 26 37.21W
Light J 37 15 08.16N, 076 26 37.39W
Light K 37 15 08.59N, 076 26 37.59W
Light L 37 14 59.39N, 076 26 37.83W
Light M 37 14 59.90N, 076 26 38.11W
Light N 37 14 50.45N, 076 26 38.40W
Light P 37 14 51.18N, 076 26 38.72W
Light Q 37 14 41.94N, 076 26 39.09W
Light R 37 14 42.45N, 076 26 39.47W
Light S 37 14 33.22N, 076 26 39.74W
Light T 37 14 33.73N, 076 26 39.74W
These lights will be used to assist in the securing of the semi-submerged pipeline marked with a flashing 1 second white light approximately three (3) feet above the surface of the water and spaced approximately forty (40) feet apart. (5th District LNM 40)

Diving Ops Elizabeth River:
PRECON MARINE will be conducting diving operations in the vicinity of the U.S. Navy Magnetic Silencing Range in the Elizabeth River until 01 March, 2012. A barge and assisting tugs will be between Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 1 (LLNR 9445) and Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 3 (LLNR 9465). The tugs will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. A slow NO WAKE transit is requested of all vessels. (5th District LNM 40)

Bridge Repair Southern Branch, Elizabeth River (AICW Route):
Mariners are advised that Mclean Contracting will be conducting repair operations at the Norfolk Portsmouth Beltline Railroad Bridge on the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River during daylight hours until 01 January, 2012. A two hour notification prior to transit of the bridge is requested. Bridge construction supervisor may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 40)

Temporary Work Bridge in Elizabeth City:
Mariners are advised that a temporary work bridge will be installed on the southwest side of the eastbound bridge over the Pasquotank River, mile 50.7 at Elizabeth City, NC. The temporary platform will not be in the navigational channel at any time and the draw of the bridge will be fully operational. The temporary bridge will be in place throughout the replacement bridge project. Mariners are advised to proceed with caution. (5th District LNM 39)

Morehead City High Rise Bridge Fender Repair Continues:
AIWW – Newport River – US 70 (fixed) Bridge – Fender repairs are in progress until 15 DEC 11. A 20-foot wide barge will be operating in the channel. (5th District LNM 38)

Shoaling Reported in Beaufort Harbor Channel:
A ACOE survey indicates shoaling to a depth of 7.9 feet MLE(sic) between Beaufort Harbor Channel Lighted Buoy 2 (LLNR 34805) and Beaufort Harbor Channel Lighted Buoy 1BH (LLNR 34810). The shoal extends across the width of the channel. (5th District LNM 38)

Lookout Bight Marker to be Discontinued:
On or about 30 October, 2011, Lookout Bight Daybeacon 6 (LLNR 29135) will be discontinued. (5th District LNM 40).

Shoaling in NC Minor Inlets:
The Coast Guard is planning on temporarily discontinuing the aids to navigation within New Topsail Inlet and Lockwoods Folly Inlet. Severe shoaling to less than 3.0 feet MLW and well below charted depths have been recorded. As a result, no safe navigable channel in either inlet exists. The aids to navigation will be restored once dredging operations have been completed or depths have improved to support a safe transit. (5th District LNM 40)
Shoaling in Bogue Inlet has been reported in the following locations:
A. 3.7 feet MLW between Bogue Inlet Buoy 3 (LLNR 29505) and Bogue Inlet Buoy 5 (LLNR 29515).
B. 4.5 feet MLW west of Bogue Inlet Buoy 8 (LLNR 29535) and encroaching into the channel.
C. 3.3 feet MLW south of Bogue Inlet Buoy 15 (LLNR 29560) and encroaching into the channel.
Chart : (5th District LNM 40)

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

James Island Expressway Bridge Construction Reminder:
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) began repairing the fender system on the James Island Expressway (Robert B Scarborough/SC RT 61/30) Bridge (Intracoastal Waterway M.M. 469.9) on 25Jul2011 and is expected to continue till 30Dec2011. The Tug ELIZABETH will be working in the channel, Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. thru 7:00 p.m. Vessels requiring the full of width of the channel should provide two (2) hour advance notice. The two-hour notification may be made directly to the Tug ELIZABETH on VHF Channels 13 or 16. Mariners should maintain safe speeds and exercise caution while transiting the area. For more information please contact Mr. Robert Pinckney SCDOT, Specialized Bridge Division at (843) 740-1696. For Coast Guard related issues, please contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management at (843) 740-3188 or Sector Charleston Command Center Line at (843) 740-7050. (7th District LNM 36)

Fort Pierce Inner Harbor Shoaling:
While this depth is more than sufficient for pleasure vessels, we should take note of it so that we will be aware of the difficulty that some of the small freighters using the Fort Pierce Inlet may be experiencing:  Shoaling has been reported to depths of 17ft channel ward of Fort Pierce Inlet Inner Harbor Lighted Buoy 11 (LLNR 9850). Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 41)

St. Lucie Inlet Shoaling Update:
All mariners are reminded that the entrance to St. Lucie inlet is subject to dangerous and frequent changes in depth and direction because of shifting shoals. As a result of these changes, mariners are advised that the channel buoys are subject to frequently being relocated. Shoaling has been reported and confirmed between St. Lucie Inlet Light 3, (LLNR 10000) and St. Lucie Inlet Temporary Lighted Buoy 6. The shoaling appears to be encroaching from the red side of the channel past the center of the marked channel, with reported depths of 4.7 feet at MLW. With this report of shoaling, mariners are advised that the channel width is reduced to approximately 15yds in this vicinity. All mariners are urged to seek local knowledge prior to entering this inlet and to exercise extreme caution during transit. (7th District LNM 40)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On October 13, 2011 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 11.49 feet and the navigational depths were 5.43 feet for Route 1 and 3.63 feet for Route 2 (Rim Route). You can usually check the daily lake level and navigational depths at  http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/reports/r-oke.html

Lake Worth Inlet Sea Buoy Sinking!
Lake Worth Lighted Buoy LW (LLNR 745/10175) is sinking. A Temporary Red Unlit Buoy has been attached to Lake Worth Lighted Buoy LW even bail. Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting the area as the Temp Buoy may move approximately 10-20 yds from assigned position. (7th District LNM 40)

Lake Worth New Island Construction:
Ray Qualmann Marine will commence operations September 12, 2011 on the west side of the Intracoastal Waterway along Flagler Blvd., just north of the Royal Park Bridge. Operations will consist of sand being placed on transport barges loaded at Currie Park and delivered to South Cove to construct (3) man-made islands. There will be (2) barges stationed at the proposed island to offload fill monitoring VHF Channels 13 or 16. The duration of the project will be approximately 6 months and during daylight hours only. ( 7th District LNM 36)

Government Cut Construction:
Ric-Man Construction Inc will commence construction activities in the vicinity of Government Cut September 6 through on or about September 17, 2011. During these dates two barges and temporary turbidity curtains will be placed. Ric-Man Construction will proceed as outlined in the enclosure section. Barges will be shifted around at various stages and moved back and forth to stages areas at the Port and or/Fisher Island. The hours of operations will be daylight hours only. For further information contact Mr. Frank Manning Senior Project Manager, 305-379-4124.
Project Location and Vicinity: Inner Channel through Entrance Channel
Project Location: Outer Entrance Channel
MD WASD – OCI PROJECT No. DB10 - WASD - 01 ESP
GOVERNMENT CUT UTILITIES RELOCATION PROJECT
ACTIVITIES AT FORCE MAIN RETRIEVAL SHAFT IN GOVERNMENT CUT
Coral Relocation Completed 30 August 2011
Locate existing force main and joints 07Sep11 through 17Sep11
(Two barges and temporary turbidity curtain)
Install sheet pile cofferdam mid Sept to Oct 2011
Install pipe pile Oct to mid Oct 2011
Construct concrete deck for working platform mid Oct to mid Nov 2011
Construct retrieval shaft inside of cofferdam mid Nov 2011 to Apr 2012
Dewater shaft and construct tunnel Apr 2012 to July 2012
Remove mining machine and install carrier pipe in tunnel Aug 2012
Construct circular steel shaft over existing force main Sept 2012
Construct bypass and connect force main to new pipe in tunnel Sept 2012
Remove platform and demobilize Oct 2012 to Dec 2012 ( 7th District LNM 36)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 41/2011:
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.
Grand Avenue Bridge, Ortega River, Revised Schedule: The Grand Avenue Bridge will be on single-leaf openings with a three hour notice to the bridge tender for a double-leaf opening from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, until August 21, 2011. From August 22, 2011 through November 12, 2011, the bridge will only be able to open a single-leaf. No double-leaf openings will be available. From November 13, 2011 through January 3, 2012, the bridge will be on single-leaf openings with a three hour notice to the bridge tender for a double-leaf opening from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
FEC Railroad Bridge: The FEC Railroad Bridge across the St Johns River mile 24.9, Jacksonville, Florida will be closed to navigation from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from November 1 through November 30, 2011. There will be an opening for mariners to pass between 12 noon and 1:30 p.m. daily.
Bridge of Lions: The Bridge of Lions across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, St. Augustine, Florida will be allowed to remain closed to vessel traffic from 7:25 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. on November 19, 2011 and from 7:15 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. on November 20, 2011 to facilitate the St. Augustine Marathon. Vessels that may pass under the bridge without an opening may do so at any time.
Indian Street Bridge (St. Lucie Canal): The contractor constructing the Indian Street Bridge across the south fork of the St. Lucie Canal has advised this office that they have started construction of the portion of the bridge that crosses the St. Lucie Lagoon. They have installed a temporary trestle and floating turbidity barrier in this area. This portion of the work is expected to continue through April 2012. The contractor will be providing additional information prior to starting the portion of the bridge that crosses the South Fork of the St. Lucie Canal. In October 2011, the contractor will begin placing a temporary trestle in the vicinity of the (South Fork) St. Lucie Canal. This temporary trestle is not expected to impact the main navigational channel. The contractor will also have a crane barge in the area that may restrict a small portion of the navigation channel. The contractor will be placing beams onto a barge which will be used for the main portions of the new bridge, during the time that the contractor places the beam onto the barge and the crane places the new beam onto the bridge, the channel will be closed to navigation for safety reasons. The exact schedule for this operation will be published in future Local Notice to Mariners.
Lake Avenue (Robert Harris) Bridge (AICW Mile 1028.8): 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.
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 (AICW Mile 1039.6): 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 August 18, 2011 through December 5, 2011. This bridge is on single-leaf operations on the quarter and three-quarter hour with a three hour notice for a double-leaf opening during work hours of 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The vertical clearance has been reduced up to three feet by the containment system on one span of the bridge. Vessels that may pas under the bridge without an opening may do so at any time.
Hillsboro Boulevard Bridge (AICW Mile 1050): 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 on October 1, 2011 and will continue until January 3, 2012.
NE 14th Street Bridge (AICW Mile 1055):The Northeast 14th Street Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1055.0, Pompano Beach, Broward County, Florida will be on single-leaf operations from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily, October 13 and October 14, 2011. A double-leaf is available with a four hour notice to the bridge tender. The contractor, PCL will be working on the bridge from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. nightly, October 10 through October 12, 2011; but will not be interrupting the scheduled opening during this time.
Commercial Boulevard Bridge (AICW Mile 1059): Due to painting operations, the Commercial Boulevard Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1059.0, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida is on single-leaf operations on the hour and half-hour with a two hour notice for a double-leaf operation, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The contractor has placed scaffolding on the bridge which had reduced the vertical clearance. This work will continue until November 23, 2011.
SW 7th AVENUE/SE 3RD AVENUE BRIDGE (New River): Painting Operations will start on the Marshall Memorial (SW 7th/3rd Avenue) Bridge, across the New River, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida during the week of October 10, 2011. This work is not expected to impede smaller vessels traffic. Larger vessels are requested to contact the bridge tender for passing information. Mariners are advised that there will be floating equipment in the vicinity of the bridge during this work.
CSX Railroad Bridge, South Fork New River: The Coast Guard has issued a Public Notice (PN) regarding the permit application for approval of location and plans to replace the historic CSX Railroad Bridge across the South Fork of the New River, mile 2.8, at Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida. You may access PN 15-11 which solicits comments through October 17, 2011 at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges&Active=1&region=7. The project manager is Miss Evelyn Smart and comments may be expressed by telephone at (305) 415-6989 or by e-mail at Evelyn.Smart@uscg.mil.
Chart: 11467 CG File: 3886
West 79th Street Bridge (AICW Mile 1084.6): Due to bridge painting, the West 79th Street Bridge, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1084.6, Miami-Dade County, Florida will be placed on single-leaf operations with a four hour notice for a double-leaf opening. The vertical clearance of the bridge will be reduced by three feet. This work is expected to start on September 15, 2011 and is anticipated to be completed by November 10, 201
Corey Causeway Bridge (GICW Mile 117.7): Due to bridge repairs, the Corey Causeway (SR 693) Bridge, across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway mile 117.7, St. Petersburg Beach, Pinellas County, Florida will be placed on single-leaf operation from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday from October 15 through  December 22, 2011. A double-leaf will be available with a four hour notice to the bridge tender. The vertical clearance may be reduced by three feet between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. for tarps. This bridge will open a single-leaf on a 20-munite schedule per 33 CFR 117.287(f).
Indian Rocks Bridge (GICW Mile 128.2): Due to bridge repairs, the Indian Rocks (SR 688) Bridge, across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway mile 128.2, Indian Rocks, Pinellas County, Florida will be placed on single-leaf operation from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday from October 15 through December 22, 2011. A double-leaf will be available with a four hour notice to the bridge tender. The vertical clearance may be reduced by three feet between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. for tarps. This bridge will open a single-leaf on demand per 33 CFR 117.5.
Dunedin Causeway Bridge (GICW Mile 141.9): The Dunedin Causeway Bridge across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway mile 141.9, Dunedin, Pinellas County, Florida will be placed on single-leaf operations from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday from October 3, 2011 through October 21, 2011. A double-leaf opening is available with a 30 minute advance notice to the bridgetender.
Caloosahatchee River Bridge SR 93/I-75: The Coast Guard has issued a public notice announcing a permit application amendment from the Florida Department of Transportation, District One, for the approval of location and plans to modify (widen) the SR 93/I-75 bridges across the Caloosahatchee River (Okeechobee Waterway, mile 128.6) at Ft. Myers, Lee County, Florida. Latitude: 26 41’50.36”N & Longitude 81 47’57.52”W. Navigational clearance will remain the same as the existing bridges. Each of the existing fixed highway bridges will be widened from approximately 42 feet to approximately 71 feet at the inside (median) between the bridge structures. The public notice 13-11 which solicits comments for a thirty day period can be viewed at: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges&Active=1&region=7. The project manager is Mr. Brodie Rich at (305) 415-6736 or by e-mail at Brodie.e.Rich@uscg.mil. Chart: 11428 CG File: 3275

 

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