East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale

General Announcements

AICW Closure at the Gilmerton Bridge:
The Captain of the Port of Hampton Roads is establishing a Safety Zone during the Gilmerton Bridge Bascule (36.775082° -76.294999°) spans replacement transit from 05 September at 6 a.m. until 09 September, 2012 (alternate weather dates will be 10 September to 14 September). The Safety Zone will encompass the transportation of the bridge’s new center span from the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River at the Campostella Bridge to the Gilmerton Bridge site on the Southern Branch. The Safety Zone is all waters within 200 feet either side of the Gilmerton Bridge. Concerned traffic are requested to avoid the transiting area and may contact the bridge on VHF-FM channel 13. (5th District LNM 34)*

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

Other AICW Waterway Restrictions in Norfolk Area:
…Another significant project on the navigable waterway is the Jordan Bridge (36.808270° -76.290198°) project located in the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River, which is currently scheduled to be completed by the end of September of 2012. From time to time mariners may find construction vessels on the waterway. Specific waterways restrictions associated with the Jordan Bridge project are advertised at www.southnorfolkjordanbridge.com under the link of “Channel Restriction” at the top of the homepage in addition to being broadcasted via VHF channel 16. Comments and questions regarding this bulletin should be directed to LCDR Hector Cintron at (757) 668-5581 or via e-mail at Hector.L.Cintron@uscg.mil. -USCG BULLETIN NO: 12/010 TEL: (757) 638-6637, FAX (757) 483-8641 DATE: July 3, 2012 (5th District LNM 28)

More No Discharge Zones (NDZs) Possible Contamination:
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will temporarily designate a section of West Harbor (within Oyster Bay Harbor) (40.894308°-73.537206°); all of the Sand Hole within Caumsett State Park, on Lloyd Neck; and a section of Port Jefferson Harbor including the area known as the Narrows, as UNCERTIFIED for the harvest of shellfish from sunrise on Saturday, September 1 through Wednesday, September 5, 2012, both dates inclusive. The harvest of shellfish is prohibited during the period these areas are designated as uncertified. This designation is necessary to protect public health and is required due to the potential for sewage discharges from marine sanitation devices on the large number of transient vessels which will anchor and remain overnight in these areas over the holiday period. A recorded message describing any temporary shellfish closures that may be in effect in New York is accessible 24 hours a day by calling (631) 444-0480. The DEC’s website provides detailed information including map images of the closed areas: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/35917.html . Following is a description of the areas that are affected by this temporary closure: (1) All the waters of West Harbor, within Oyster Bay Harbor, lying west of Centre Island and east of a line extending northerly from the northwesternmost point of land approximately 600 yards north of Brickyard Point (on Centre Island) to the westernmost point of the beach pavilion at Centre Island Beach. (2) The Sand Hole, within Caumsett State Park, located near Lloyd Point. (3) All the normally certified area of the Port Jefferson Harbor Complex, including Pirate’s Cove and the Narrows, which links Port Jefferson Harbor to Conscience Bay. (First District LNM 35)

NOAA Changes to Coast Pilots:
Beginning August 21, 2012, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is changing the way they produce the Coast Pilot publications and corrections. At that time, the Coast Pilots will be available for purchase, as well as for downloading from the NOAA website http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/nsd/cpdownload.htm. Downloaded copies will contain the corrections issued to the date of the download.
Subsequent corrections will be posted on the NOAA website. The Coast Guard will no longer publish Coast Pilot corrections. Two new features of the publications include a Weekly Record of Updates and a List of Critical Updates. The Weekly Record of Updates reflects all of the changes applied to date. The List of Critical Updates reflects all of the individual changes applied to the file down to the paragraph level. (LNMs 34)

Inland Navigation Rules to be Changed:
The US Coast Guard proposes to amend the Inland Navigation Rules and their annexes to align those rules with recent amendments to the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea and to incorporate recommendations made by the Navigation Safety Advisory Council (NAVSAC). The proposed changes would harmonize domestic and international rules by reducing and alleviating equipment requirements on vessels, addressing technological advancements, and increasing public awareness of the Inland Rules. The changes would also make references to applicable requirements easier to locate by using the same format in domestic rules as is used in the international convention. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by 29 October. 77 Fed. Reg. 52175 (August 28, 2012)
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-28/pdf/2012-18364.pdf. (First District LNM 35)

Lat/Long Positions in Alerts:
Lat/Long positions derived from Google Earth will be given for significant places in the Alerts, such as bridge locations. These will be in italics, and in the following format: xx.xxxxxx° -xx.xxxxxx° for locations new with this alert. Where a Lat/Long position is copied from a USCG Local Notice to Mariners (LNM) or from the Light Lists, it will be in whatever format the Coast Guard has used which varies between districts and LNM and Light List writers, and will be in plain text, rather than italics. Some positions are approximate. We do not provide this information for navigational purposes and it should not be used as such.*

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

Boston Light Nominal Range Reduced:
The Coast Guard will be making the following changes to this waterway on or about 1 September 2012 thru 15 October 2012: CHANGE Boston Light (LLNR 425) (42-19-40.855N, 070-53-24.266W) nominal range from 27nm to 12nm due to maintenance. (First District LNM 30) Note: This is a 15 nm difference, which is very significant.

Boston Harbor Safety Zone for Rock Removal:
The US Coast Guard has established, through 30 September, a safety zone on waters of Boston Inner Harbor (42.367841°-71.047876°) in the main ship channel near Castle Island for drilling, blasting, and dredging operations in support of a rock removal project of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). 77 Fed. Reg. 50916 (August 23, 2012) http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-23/pdf/2012-20828.pdf. (First District LNM 35)

Dredging in Housatonic River, CT:
Interested parties are hereby notified that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, plans to perform maintenance dredging of portions of the Federal navigation project in the Housatonic River (41.175132°-73.120253°), Connecticut. Additional information may be obtained from Mr. Jack Karalius, Programs/Civil Project Management Branch, Programs/Project Management Division, at the return address shown, telephone number (978) 318-8288. Any person who has an interest which may be affected by the dredging and disposal of this material may request a public hearing. The request must be submitted in writing to ACOE by September 15, 2012 and must clearly set forth the interest which may be affected and the manner in which the interest may be affected by this activity. For the complete public notice please go to: http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/navigation/publicnotices/Housatonic_PN_15Aug12.pdf. (First District LNM 34)

East River Diving Ops:
Ocean and Coastal Consultants will be conducting diving operations and underwater inspections of the East River Esplanade (40.744905° -73.970565°) from East 54th Street on the East River to 125th Street on the Harlem River. Work hours are 0700-1700 through Sep 28, 2012. The 32’ aluminum work boat Barbara White will be on scene. (First District LNM 32)

Elizabeth, NJ Berth Repairs:
Repairs to piles, deck & beams will be done to berths 50 - 98 from September 17, 2012 - June 25, 2013. The hours of operation will be Monday - Friday, 6:00 am - 6:oo pm. On scene will be a barge & crane and divers. (First District LNM 35)

NY Harbor Berth Repairs:
Repairs to piles under berths 16, 18, 20, 22 & 24 will be done from September 4 - December 30, 2012. The hours of operations are Monday - Friday, 6:00 am - 6:00 pm. On scene will be divers and a rescue skiff. (First District LNM 35)

FDR Drive Shoreline Repairs:
Piling repairs to the FDR Drive (40.746864° -73.967387°) will be conducted between East 38th and 42nd Streets through Nov 28, 2012. Work hours are Mon-Fri, 0600-1800. The Mia Forte (265’x55’ crane barge), Hughes 795 (100’x50’ deck barge), and four hopper barges with a beam up to 50 feet will be on scene. The vessels will extend about 40 yards from the Manhattan shoreline. No vessels are authorized on site during the United Nations General Assembly. (First District LNM 35)

Holland Tunnel Work:
Rehabilitation to the Holland Tunnel (40.725550° -74.012571°) will be done from August 27 - December 31, 2012. The work will be done on the North side of Pier 9 on the East end of the tunnel. The hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 5:00 pm. On scene are 2 barges, the BILL & AF MARRESSE. (First District LNM 34)

Hudson River Ferry Slip:
A new ferry slip is being built at Cumberland Head (44.694762° -73.395039°) until approximately 30 November 2012. The hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 6:00 am - 6:00 pm. On scene are 2 barges & a tug boat that is monitoring VHF-FM channel 16. Underwater hammers will be utilized as a means of nonexplosive rock excavation and removal. Mariners are requested to proceed with caution when transiting the area. (First District LNM 32)

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

Delaware Aids to Nav Changes:
The Coast Guard is changing the naming of the following Aids to Navigation:
A. Christina River South Jetty Light 1 (LLNR 3000) (39-42-54.908N, 075-30-45.013W) to Christina River South Jetty Light 1CR.
B. Cohansey Outer Light 1 (LLNR 1995) (39-20-40.564N, 075-22-01.049W) to Cohansey Outer Light 1C.
C. Reedy Island Dike South Light (LLNR 2500) (39-28-04.283N, 075-34-28.553W) to Reedy Island Dike South Warning Light.
D. Pea Patch Island Dike Light B (LLNR 2915) (39-37-37.745N, 075-35-09.352W) to Pea Patch Island Dike Warning Light B.
E. Back Channel Light 1 (LLNR 3585) (39-57-29.816N, 075-06-27.972W) to Back Channel Light 1BC. (5th District LNM 34)

Frances Scott Key Bridge Repair:
Patapsco River Middle Branch – I-695/Frances Scott Key (fixed) Bridge (39.217889° -76.527470°) – Repairs with barges will resume at both Piers 16 and 19, through 31 OCT 12. (5th District LNM 32)

Kent Narrows Bridge Inspection:
Mariners are advised that Northeast Engineering Inc, on behalf of Maryland State Highway Administration, will be performing underwater inspections at the US 50/301 Bridge across Kent Island Narrows (38.970455° -76.247430°), mile 1.0, between Chester and Grasonville, MD. The inspections will be performed each day, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on September 1, 2012 through November 30, 2012. Inspection personnel, equipment, and a 25’ safety boat will be in proximity to the navigable channel, do not anticipate any disruption to marine traffic and will relocate upon request for passage from any waterborne vessels. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 35)

Choptank River Electric Tower Construction:
Mariners are advised that a Potomac Electric Power Company tower construction project is scheduled to occur along the Choptank River from August 13, 2012 through September 30, 2012. The daily work involves constructing a new concrete support base and aerial electric utility transmission tower along the river bank near the existing tower, outside the navigable channel. The work is located approximately one mile downriver of the Dover Bridge Road (SR-331) Bridge (38.757107° -75.997108°) in Talbot County, MD, between Choptank River Channel Daybeacon 52 (LLNR 25220) and Choptank River Channel Daybeacon 54 (LLNR 25225). Marine equipment on scene includes a spudded crane barge, two materials barges and two tender vessels, in approximate position latitude 38°43’55”N, longitude 076°00’40”W. All equipment will be marked and lighted in accordance with USCG regulations. Interested mariners may contact the McLean Contracting Company at telephone number (410) 979-3723. (5th District LNM 35)

Solomons Island UMCES Research Pier Construction:
Pier construction and repair at the University of Maryland UMCES Research Pier Solomons Island (38.316732°-76.451895°), Patuxent River will commence on 6 August, 2012 with a completion date of approximately 7 October, 2012. The Crane Barge 107 and Materials Barge 440 will be on site and lighted per USCG regulations as well as showing day shapes for applicable work. Mariners may contact the Tug Spirit on VHF-FM channels 16/13 or call 410-355-2000 to establish communication with the barge captain during the repair period. (5th District LNM 32)

Naval Academy Oceanographic Research in St. Leonard Creek:
The Oceanography Department of the U.S. Naval Academy will utilize a turbidity fence in a reef planting operation off of Saw Pit Cove in St Leonard Creek. The turbidity fence will be deployed in a diamond shape with each of the corners marked with a flashing 2 second white light. The center location is position 38 23 33.14N, 076 29 21.26W. The fence will remain in position until September 20, 2012. POC is Cecily Steppe: 410-293-6558. (5th District LNM 35)

Upper Potomac River Marine Construction:
Mariners are advised that marine construction operations are scheduled to occur on the Potomac River from August 13, 2012 until on or about November 16, 2012. The work is located along the western shore of the Upper Potomac River, at the Ronald Reagan-Washington National Airport in Washington, DC. Two materials barges and two crane barges will be on site, in approximate position 38° 51’ 07.2’ N, 077° 01’ 52.5’ W. All equipment will be marked and lighted in accordance with USCG regulations. Interested mariners may contact the Edwin A. and John O. Crandell, Inc. personnel on scene via marine band radio VHF-FM channels 13, 16 and 8 or at telephone number (410) 991-2376. (5th District LNM 33)

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel North Channel Bridge:
Precon Marine, Inc. will be conducting replacement of the fender system on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel North Channel (37.076364° -76.014265°) commencing August 20, 2012 with a completion date of approximately January 31, 2013. The crane barge JMC-120 and KS-1355 and tug Dotti J will be on site and monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 32)
Mariners are advised that bridge maintenance work (cleaning, painting and steel repairs) continues at the US 13/North Channel Bridges over Chesapeake Bay of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel, between Cape Charles and Virginia Beach, VA. The maintenance work has shifted to the southbound bridge section. To facilitate the work, the available vertical clearances for the underside at Spans 1-8, Spans 10-17 and the North Channel (southbound) Bridge are reduced by three feet (with the main channel span reduced from 75 feet to 72 feet above mean high water) through October 15, 2012. Mariners should use caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 33)

Navy Research Dolphins:
HDR Environmental, in association with the U.S. Navy, will be establishing temporary dolphin mounted recording devices in the below locations until August 20, 2013. Each dolphin is approximately 4 foot tall and secured to the bottom with a 250Lb. sand anchor.
A. Cape Henry Data Dolphin at 36 56 24.0N, 076 01 12.0W.
B. Crumps Bank Data Dolphin at 36 56 56.0N, 076 10 55.0W.
C. Elizabeth River Data Dolphin at 36 57 03.0N, 076 20 26.0W.
POC is Amy Engelhaupt: 757-633-5773. (5th District LNM 34)

Navy Hydrophones off VA Beach:
The U.S. Navy will deploy hydrophones in a 5NMs radius centered on approximate position 36-45.4N, 075-49.35W and at a depth of 25 feet below the surface until approximately 30 July, 2013. The hydrophones are part of n environmental impact survey of marine mammals in the Virginia Beach coastal area. This area contains numerous submerged objects of various types that are a hazard to trawler nets. Additional information on these hydrophones and the project may be obtained by contacting Mr. Jay Clark at (757) 425-2671. (5th District LNM 33)

Morehead City RR Bridge:
The Coast Guard proposes to temporarily change the operating schedule that governs the Carolina Coastal Railroad Bridge (34.720210°-76.693730°), at AIWW mile 203.8, across Newport River in Morehead City, NC. To facilitate repair work and to minimize the impact on navigation, from October 1, 2012 to October 1, 2013 the drawbridge would operate as follows: 1) during the day, from 5 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., shall be maintained in the open position to vessels and would only be closed for the passage of trains and to perform periodic maintenance; and at night, from 8:30 p.m. to 5 a.m., need not open, except an opening would be provided at 12 a.m. (midnight) if advance notice is given before 4 p.m., on the afternoon before the requested opening.
Interested parties are requested to express their views, in writing, on the proposed changes to the operating regulations. Comments will be received for the record at the office of the Commander (dpb), Fifth Coast Guard District, 431 Crawford Street, Suite 103, Portsmouth, VA 23704-5004. Written comments on this proposal must be submitted on or before September 10, 2012. (5th District LNM 33)

Fender Replacement at North Topsail Beach Bridge:
AIWW – NC 210/North Topsail Beach (fixed) Bridge (34.498307° -77.429678°) – Final Rule issued; a temporary safety zone is established to restrict vessel movement for fender system repairs effective from 12 SEP 12 to 12 DEC 12. (5th District LNM 32)

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

Charleston Area Dredging Update:
Southern Dredging Co. will commence dredging operations on or about August 20, 2012 in Cooper River, South Carolina in Charleston County, between Cooper River Lighted Buoy 46 (LLNR 2740) (32-49-09.042N, 079-55-28.953W) and Cooper River Lighted Buoy 62 (LLNR 2930). The dredge “CHEROKEE” will monitor VHF channels 13 or 16. Dredge operations will be conducted 24-hours per day, 7-days per week basis with an approximate completion date of February 2013. Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting in the vicinity of the dredging operations. Further information contact Mr. Neil Rodgers 843-729-1269 or Mr. Michael Kitchell 843-830-1015. (7th District LNM 35)

Savannah River Dredging:
Marinex Construction, Inc will commence dredging operations in the vicinity of Savannah River, Savannah Georgia on or about August 24, 2012. The work will extend from Marsh Island Turning Basin Light 8 (LLNR 5040) (32-06-59.603N, 081-07-37.882W) towards the Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge. The Dredge “HAMPTON ROADS” will continue on a 24 hour per day, 7 days per week basis until approximately September 30, 2012. The dredge will monitor VHF channels 13 & 16. Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting these areas. For further information contact Marinex Construction at 843-722-9083. (7th District LNM 35)

Cumberland River Light Missing:
Cumberland River Light 39 (LLNR 37415) (30-55-38.760N, 081-27-08.160W) was reported missing. The remains of the pile are partially submerged and 1ft above the water during low-tide. A temporary lighted buoy displaying Fl Q G characteristics is marking the hazard. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM 34)

Shoaling in AICW at Fernandina Beach:
Shoaling exists in between Amelia River Daybeacon 16 (LLNR 7100/37980) (30-39-51.360N, 081-28-38.220W) and Amelia River Daybeacon 18 (LLNR 7103/37983) from the center of the channel to the south side of the channel. Shoaling continues around the bend towards Fernandina Beach Light 1 (LLNR 37985) (30-39-48.060N, 081-29-03.060W) from the center of the channel to the east side of the channel. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. Note: There has been shoaling here for years. It's a good idea to pass at mid-tide and rising. (7th District LNM 31)

St. Augustine Inlet AICW Dredging:
Southwind Construction Corp, will commence dredging operations in the Intracoastal Waterway, Cuts SJ-28, SJ-28A, SJ-29 & SJ-29A St. Augustine (29.908334° -81.297419°), St. Johns County, Florida on August 24, 2012. The dredge WILKO and workboats: Miss Leanne and Proud Mary will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 & 16 working channel 78. Operations will be 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The approximate completion date is November 1, 2012. Land POC’s Mr. David Lynn (Foreman) Cell: 812-455-1770 and Mr. Richard Lassen (CQC Manager) Cell: 812-480-1740. There will be submerged and floating pipeline associated with dredging operation; use extreme caution in the area. Mariners are urged to transit at the slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. Pipeline and vessels will be visibly lighted and marked according to Coast Guard regulations. Submerged pipeline will be positioned in the vicinity of St. Augustine, Inlet traversing southerly along Salt Run to the designated beach fill placement site immediately adjacent to Anastasia State Park. (7th District LNM 33)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On August 29, 2012 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 13.64 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 7.58  feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 5.78 feet for Route 2 (Rim Route) (26°47'0.61"N, 26°47'0.61"N). Drought restrictions are no longer in effect for the Okeechobee Waterway.
You can usually check the daily lake level and navigational depths at http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Divisions/Operations/Branches/MultiProject/WaterMgt/DOCS/Reports/r-nav.txt

Okeechobee Waterway Dredging:
Ferreira Construction will begin on or about August 27, 2012 to perform maintenance dredging in Lake Okeechobee starting just west of Port Mayaca Lock 4 (26.977721° -80.624748°),100 lf to the west, as well as 1,000 lf west of Port Mayaca Lock and turn south the dredging will be performed 3,200 lf to the south/southeast towards the levee. The channel is 80 feet wide in the dredge locations. The dredging will be performed in 40 foot sections and will not block passing vessels in the remaining 40 feet of the channel. Offloading of materials will be performed 1.2 miles east of Port Mayaca Lock in the St Lucie Canal on the south side. Dredging aid markers will be placed outside of channel. The ML-5 barge and Lady Alexandra or Lady Christina 26’ push boats will be used for dredging. Hours of Operation will be Monday-Friday 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Saturday (when required) 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. VH channels: Channel #13 and #16 will be monitored at all times. Approximate completion date is October 25, 2012. Further information contact Mr. Andy Shepard at 772-286-5123. (7th District LNM 32)

Lake Worth Wetland Restoration Mitigation:
ATL Diversified Industries will commence mobilizing equipment for restoration mitigation of the Snook Islands and the Bryant Park wetlands during the week of August 13, 2012. Barges and work boats will operate Monday through Friday during daylight hours only, and will monitor VHF channel 9. The operation will consist of moving material (fill) from Bryant Park to areas that need filling. Snook Islands Phase II project is immediately north of the Lake Worth Bridge (26.615412° -80.045257°) and the Bryant Park wetlands restorations project is immediately south of the Lake Worth Bridge. Barges will remain onsite at the restoration sites overnight. The estimated completion date of the project is July 2013. Contact Mr. David Trindade for further details of the project or you may refer to the Palm Beach County website www.pbcgov.com/erm/lakes/estuarine. (7th District LNM 33)

Dania Cutoff Canal Rock Hazard:
The Coast Guard received a report of a hazardous rock outcropping located in the Dania Cutoff Canal along the northern side between Dania Cut Super Yacht Repair and Broward Shipyard, just west of the AT&T cable crossing. Estimated location is 26° 3.593' N, 80° 7.893' W. The outcropping extends approximately 30 ft. from the seawall towards the channel and is marked with a red 15” round buoy numbered 2. Mariners are urged to transit cautiously thru this area and stay in the channel. (7th District LNM 35)

Major Florida Keys Light Extinguished:
Rebecca Shoal Light (LLNR 1090) (24-34-44.484N, 082-35-06.776W) is extinguished and the structure is unsafe. Due to mitigating circumstances the aid will not be temporarily relit. The area surrounding the Light is considered a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to avoid the area. (7th District LNM 34)

Sunken Sailing Vessel:
The Coast Guard received a report of a sunken 25ft S/V with 2 masts showing above the waterline in approximate position 28-29.9N 082-40.1W in the channel between Hernando Beach Channel DBN 64 (LLNR 27770) and Hernando Beach Channel DBN 66 (LLNR 27780). (7th District LNM 34)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 35/2012:
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.
Amelia River RR Swing Bridge (AICW Mile 721.1): DB Marine Construction has started repairs to the Amelia River Swingbridge (30.628700° -81.484451°) fender system across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 721.1, Fernandina Beach, Florida. The contractor will have a small work platform in the waterway which may restrict 20 ft of the channel. Vessels requiring a full channel opening should contact the on-scene tug or VHF-FM channel 13 or 16 one hour in advance to allow time to remove the platform from the channel. Mariners are requested to maintain minimum wake/slow speed through the area for the safety of the workers. This work is anticipated to be completed by November 30, 2012. Additional channel restrictions/closures will be published in future Local Notice to Mariners.
Amelia River SR A1A Bridge (AICW Mile 721) Update: The Coast Guard Bridge Branch has approved a vertical clearance reduction of four foot reducing the vertical clearance to 61 feet for one half of the navigable channel at the SR A1A Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 721.0 (30.626304°-81.484527°), Fernandina Beach, Nassau County, Florida, from April 9, 2012 through March 15, 2013.
SR 312 Bridge (AICW Mile 780.0): Update: Astor General Contracting has advised this office that they will start painting the East Bound SR 312 Bridge (29.862672° -81.309784°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 780.0, Lake City (this bridge is in St. Augustine), St John’s County, Florida.
The Coast Guard Bridge Branch has approved a vertical clearance reduction of four foot reducing the vertical clearance to 61 feet for one half of the navigable channel at the SR 312 Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 780.0, Lake City (St. Augustine), St John’s County, Florida, through August, 2013.
L. B. Knox Bridge (AICW Mile 816): Cline Construction has advise the Coast Guard that they anticipate starting work on the fender system replacement of the Highbridge Road (Leonard B. Knox) Bridge (29.407923° -81.101143°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 816, Volusia County, Florida on August 22, 2012. This work will consist of floating equipment in the waterway reducing the horizontal clearance to 46 feet between the hours of 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and possibly a Saturday. The floating equipment can be moved from the channel with a one hour notice to the on-scene tug on VHF-FM channel 13 or 16 for vessels requiring more than 46 feet of horizontal clearance. This work is expected to be completed by November 30, 2012.
Broad Causeway Bridge (AICW Mile 1081.4): Seacoast Incorporated working for the Town of Bay Harbor will be rehabilitating the Broad Causeway (125th Street) Bridge (25.887207° -80.142448°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1081.4, Bay Harbor Islands, Miami-Dade County, Florida. The Coast Guard has approved single-leaf operations with a three hour notice for a double-leaf opening at this location from September 17, 2012 through January 15, 2013. This work will be accomplished during daylight hours Monday through Friday; but the contractor has indicated that they may be working a few weekends
Port of Miami Railroad Bridge:Due to extensive repairs to the Port of Miami Railroad Bridge (25.778902°-80.182536°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Miami-Dade County, Florida, the bridge contractor, PCL Constructors Inc are beginning repair operations on the Port of Miami's FEC railroad bridge. The bridge is allowed to be in the down position when the Security Zone is not enforced and the Miami Main Channel is open for normal traffic. On days when the bridge is in the down position there will be 15 minute openings at 11:45 am, 1:45 pm, and 3:45pm. Upcoming bridge closings are published below. Clearance gauges are also under repair and do not currently read properly. PCL will be monitoring Marine Channel 9. PCL POC - Adlai Jourdin (561) 253-6995.
September 2012
Week 1: September 2, 4, 5, 6
Week 2: September 9, 11, 12, 13
Week 3: September 16, 18, 19, 20
Week 4: September 23, 25, 26, 27
Week 5: September 30
If for any reason the Miami Main Channel Security Zone is in force during these dates, the bridge will not be allowed to remain closed. This work is expected to be completed in January 2013.
Labelle Bridge: Ajax Paving Industries of Florida LLC has advised the Coast Guard that they will begin repairs on the SR 29 (LaBelle) Bridge (26.768876°-81.437600°) across the Caloosahatchee River mile 103.0, LaBelle, Hendry County, Florida on August 27, 2012. This work is expected to be completed by September 3, 2012.



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.