East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
Annapolis Boat Show Set Up Time:
Mariners are advised that Annapolis Boat Shows, Inc. will conduct in-water operations in support of the annual United States Sailboat and United States Powerboat Shows in Annapolis Harbor (38.975974° -76.484864°) at Annapolis, MD during October 6-22, 2014. Temporary pilings, floating docks and submerged electrical cables will be placed in Annapolis Harbor. To support the in-water operations in Annapolis Harbor, long tows will cross the Severn River between Spa Creek and Carr Creek during October 6-8, 2014 and during October 20-21, 2014. During these periods, mariners are urged to use extreme caution when transiting the area and to reduce speed near the towing operations. In-water operations will continue at the mouth of Carr Creek during October 24-31, 2014. Information regarding special anchoring restrictions in the Harbor in the event of severe weather during the boat shows should be directed to the Annapolis City Harbormaster's Office on marine band radio VHF-FM channel 71 or telephone (410) 263-7973. (5th District LNM Week 37/2014)*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.
Fields Cut Shoaling Update:
There is shoaling directly in the middle of the Intracoastal Waterway in Fields Cut and is blocking 3/4 of the waterway and poses a serious hazard to navigation during low-tide. A depth of 2ft has been reported in approximate position 32-05.185N/080-56.022W. Fields Cut Temp LB 48A has been established in position 32-05-10.319N/080-56-00.740W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 37/2014)
Walls Cut Hazard:
Walls Cut LT 42 (LLNR 35840) is destroyed the remains of the pile is leaning and poses a hazard to navigation. A TRLB with Fl Q R set in position 32-05-01.035N/080-54-49.735W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 37/2014)
"All Aboard Florida" New Update:
From USCG, Miami: September 19, 2014
PUBLIC NOTICE (12-14)
Due to the number of comments already received and the demands of the boating public, we are expanding the opportunity for comment during our scheduled navigation study meetings to include verbal comments. To accommodate a larger audience and logistics for transcribing verbal comments, we are postponing the scheduled navigation study meetings announced in PN 11-14 to a date and time later in the year.
We will be changing the format of the meetings from written comments only to include written and verbal comments regarding navigation through railroad bridges on the New River, Loxahatchee River, and St. Lucie River. Due to the time it takes to secure a larger facility space and give those wishing to attend and make comments reasonable advance notification, announcements for these public meetings will be made in the near future via a separate public notice.
We are still collecting navigation surveys in accordance with Public Notice 11-14 via mail and email. The following navigation survey collection meetings are postponed until further notice:
A. Postponed - Waterway: New River, mile 1.82, Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Broward Co: October 1, 2014, at Embassy Suites, 1100 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316.
B. Postponed - Waterway: Loxahatchee River, mile 1.23, Jupiter, Palm Beach Co. October 2, 2014 at Embassy Suites, 4350 PGA Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410.
C. Postponed - Waterway: St. Lucie River, mile 7.11, Okeechobee Waterway (OWW), Stuart, Martin Co., FL October 3, 2014, at Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort, 555 NE Ocean Blvd, Stuart, FL 34996.
The location and venues are subject to change and will be announced via a separate notification.
SOLICITATION OF COMMENTS:
Interested parties are still requested to express their navigability concerns in writing as soon as practicable to accommodate the Coast Guard's assessment of the above waterways. Comments will be received for the record at the Office of the Commander, Seventh Coast Guard District, Brickell Plaza Federal Building, 909 Southeast 1st Avenue, Suite 432, Miami, Florida 33131-3050. Written comments can also be received via email at: USCGD7DPBPublicComment@uscg.mil.
You can check for updated Public Notices at www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges&Active=1. From here click on District 7, then click on the most updated PN (Public Notice) Under "River" for Loxahatchee, New and St Lucie
US Army Corps of Engineers Websites for AICW Surveys and Reports
Despite the federal government reduction in funding, the USACE, in our opinion, does a really good job at surveying and recording depths in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW). They may not be able to dredge every little shoal, but at least they let you know where the shoals are so you can plan accordingly. Some areas in North Carolina are currently being dredged or are scheduled to be dredged soon. So, before you get too excited about the shallow depths reported by some fellow cruisers, check out the latest surveys at the following:
Norfolk, VA District:
Wilmington, NC District:
Charleston, SC District:
Savannah, GA District:
Jacksonville, FL District:
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
Dredging, Rock Harbor, ME:
Dredging is being done in (PA) 41° 47' 58.50" N, 70° 00' 24.59" W from October 1 - December, 2014. The work will be done 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene will be the tugs OCEAN KING & BULL DOZER, scows ##117 & #562 and barges #389 & #480 that will be monitoring VHFFM channel 13. (First District LNM Week 38/2014)
Buzzards Bay Testing:
An Oceanographic mooring subsystem test will be done 1.2 Nautical Miles West of Weepecket Island (41.511211° -70.740226°) from September 29 - November 13, 2014. The hours of operation will be daily from 6:00 am - 6:00 pm. On scene will the R/V CONNECTICUT & DISCOVERY. (First District LNM Week 37/2014)
Please be advised that Burnham Associates, Inc. is anticipating to begin dredging operations at Conley Terminal Berth 12 (42.337971° -71.026696°) commencing on or about Sept 23th, 2014 working through October 1, 2014. Operations will continue 7 days per week, 24 hours a day.. Those areas indicated shall be held free of all fishing gear. During the progress of work while on site with the dredge vessel SAMSON III, mariners will be requested to proceed with caution and at reduced speeds as to not create any wake. Dredge vessel SAMSON III will be digging in Conley Terminal Berth 12 loading dump scow SE-103 for transport to Chelsea Creek CAD Disposal Site, Chelsea, MA and disposal within the harbor. Burnham's vessels will monitor channel VHF Channel 13 and 8. (First District LNM Week 37/2014)
Government research is being done off the Breakers in East Matunuck (41.376347° -71.526420°) until approximately December 30, 2014. The work is being done 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene is submerged steel gear, a pontoon boat and floating markers w/flashing light to denote the work/closed area. VHF-FM channel 16 is being monitored. (First District LNM Week 36/2014)
UUV Ops, East Passage, RI:
Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) operations will be done in the East Passage, north of Gould Island from September 22 - 26, 2014. The test site is contained within the following boundary:
MK1 41N33.574 71W20.289
MK2 41N33.117 71W20.279
MK3 41N33.135 71W17.726
MK4 41N33.565 71W19.725
The hours of operation will be from 6:00 am - 8:00 pm. On scene will the R/V TIBURON that will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 & 16. (First District LNM Week 37/2014)
Dredging, East Hampton, NY:
Dredging is being done in Napeague Harbor until approximately October 10, 2014. The hours of operation are 7 days week, 24 hours a day. On scene is a dredge and two work boats that are monitoring VHF-FM channel. Mariners are requested to proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. (First District LNM Week 37/2014)
Great South Bay, NY, Dredging:
Dredging will be done in the Federal Navigation Channel from October 1 - December 1, 2014. The hours of operation will be 7 days week, 24 hours a day. On scene will be a dredge SCRODII and work boats that will be monitoring and receiving calls on VHF FM channel 6. Mariners are requested to proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. (First District LNM Week 38/2014)
East Rockaway Inlet Jetty Rehabilitation:
Stone jetty rehabilitation and navigational block replacement is being done in East Rockaway Inlet (40.591494°-73.750132°) until approximately October 25, 2014. The work is being done from on top of the East Jetty. The hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 3:00 pm. All equipment used will be on land. (First District LNM Week 37/2014)
Rockaway Inlet Dredging Update:
Dredging continues in the charted Precautionary Area until further notice. A submerged pipeline is installed from the offshore borrow area (40-33-36.25"N, 073-48-49.32"W – north of the COLREGS DEMARCATION LINE) to Rockaway Beach in the vicinity of Beach 19th to Beach 32nd Streets until approximately October 15, 2014. After this U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project has been completed, the Corps will move the piping and start pumping from the above Borrow Area to Beach 149th to Beach 169th Streets until further notice. On scene will be the Dredge C.R. MCCASKILL and tugs that will be monitoring VHF-FM Channels 13 & 16. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution and transit the area at their slowest safe speed to create minimum wake after passing arrangements have been made. (First District LNM Week 38/2014)
Submerged Object, Bayonne Bridge:
The CG has received a report of submerged object in the vicinity of the Bayonne Bridge in approx posn 40-38.946N 074-10.20W. Mariners Are advised to use extreme caution in this area. (First District LNM Week 38/2014)
Hackensack River Work:
Dredging and construction will be done in the Hackensack River, in (PA) 40 44 29.8603N 74 04 40.7127W, from September 24 - December 31, 2014. The work will be done Monday - Friday from 7:00 am - 5:30 pm. On scene will be a crane, barges & scows that will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 63, 13, 16 and all relevant VTS channels. The working channel will be 65. Mariners are requested to proceed with caution after a passing arrangements (2 hours prior) have been made. (First District LNM Week 37/2014)
Submarine Cable Crossing Installation, North of Tappan Zee Bridge::
Marine Technologies, Inc. will be performing commercial diving operations and cable laying operations commencing on or about October 1, 2014 thru October 31, 2014 approx. 1-2 miles North of the Tappan Zee Bridge on the Hudson River, New York. Operations will be performed from the 32' dive vessel Miranda, Tug FRED JOHANNSEN with barge KAMI JOHANNSEN. Hours of operations will be 24 hours, Monday thru Sunday. Vessel Miranda will monitor channel 16 & 13 and can be reach by calling Capt Bruce Keller at 410-258-7932. Tug FRED JOHANNSEN with barge KAMI JOHANNSEN can be hailed via VHF 13/16 or 914-523-7171 Mariners are urged to give wide berth and no wake within 1/2 nautical mile of cable operations. "Caution" there will be anchor cables 2000' from barge operations. All navigational lighting and markers will be posted. (First District LNM Week 38/2014)
USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina
Emergency Repairs, Manasquan RR Bridge:
Mariners are advised that urgent superstructure and substructure repairs are in progress at the Monmouth County Brielle Road Lift Bridge, at mile 0.4, across Debbies Creek (Glimmer Glass), at Manasquan, NJ (40.101934°-74.034788°) through May 22, 2015. To facilitate repairs, a lighted barge is utilized for work on the spans over the non-navigable waterway. The navigable channel remains open for vessel passage and the existing drawbridge opening procedures are being maintained in accordance with Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.719. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 37/2014)
Shark River Dredging:
H & L Contracting will be conducting dredging operations within the interior of Shark River Channel (40.183689° -74.026685°) beginning 22 September through 22 November, 2014. The pump dredge FINN along with two work boats will be conducting operations 24 hours a day 7 days a week. For passing arrangements mariners may contact the dredge FINN on VHF-FM Channel 63. (5th District LNM Week 38/2014)
NJ Bridge Inspections:
Mariners are advised that an engineering firm, on behalf of Cape May County, will be performing underwater inspections at both the Stone Harbor Blvd Bridge, at NJICW 102.0, across Great Channel at Stone Harbor, NJ (39.039481° -74.779566°); and the Ocean Drive Bridge, at mile 0.7, across Great Channel, between Stone Harbor and Nummy Island, NJ. The inspection will be performed between October 1 and November 30, 2014 Mondays through Fridays, between 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The inspection will be performed with divers working from a 20-foot Jon boat. The navigable channel and the vertical clearances will not be blocked. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the areas. (5th District Bridge Branch)
Cape May Harbor Dredging:
Southwind Construction Corporation will commence dredging operations within Cape May Harbor (38.941125° -74.868771°) on 01 October, 2014 through 31 December, 2014. The dredge JENNI LEA, along with tenders ANN KAY and DANNY JOE will on scene with hours of operations of 24 hours a day 7 days a week. All vessels will monitor Channels 13, 16 VHF-FM with the working Channel of 78. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution when transiting this area. (5th District LNM Week 38/2014)
Flare Testing, Baltimore Area:
The Rockville & Power Squadron will be conducting flare testing during the hours of 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm on 27 September, 2014 at the Maryland Yacht Club (39.153872° -76.499203°), located on Rock Creek off the Patapsco River. (5th District LNM Week 37/2014)
Piankatank River Hazards:
There is a report of two separate wreckages at the Rappahannock River Entrance in Piankatank River:
A. An Engine Block in approximate position 37-32- 40.674N 076-18-19.776W.
B. A Hull in approximate position 37-32-41.628N 076-18-19.110W
The wreckage is approximately .77NM East of Jackson Creek Channel Daybeacon 2 (LLNR 14705) and 1.95NM Southwest of of Stingray Point Light (LLNR 7325). Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting this area. (5th District LNM Week 38/2014)
Bridge Closure, Milford Haven:
Mariners are advised, to facilitate rehabilitation efforts, the State Route 223 Bridge (37.495024° -76.308216°) across Milford Haven Inlet, mile 0.1, at Hudgins, VA will remain in the closed position to vessels requiring an opening from 7 a.m., on October 1, 2014 to 7 a.m., on November 1, 2014. The bridge will open once a week at a time announced through a Broadcast Notice to Mariners. In the closed position to vessels, the available vertical clearance is approximately 12 feet above MHW. Vessels that can pass under the drawbridge without an opening may do so at any time. Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly and use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM Week 35/2014)
Cape Charles Area Data Buoy:
On or about October 1, 2014, Caribbean Wind will establish a lighted data buoy until November 15, 2014 approximately 1.35Nm South of Anchorage Q, 1.55Nm East of York Spit Channel and 1.59Nm West of Chesapeake Channel Buoy 36A (LL7220). POC Doug Wilson: 410-507-8587.
Cape Charles Lighted Data Buoy AX 37 14 48.0N—76 05 54.0W Fl Y 4s Yellow. (5th District LNM Week 38/2014)
Offshore Wind Energy Project Data Buoy:
U.S. Department of Energy to establish an offshore LIDAR Buoy in association with offshore wind energy. The lighted yellow buoy will be approximately 26.4Nm. East of Rudee Inlet. Buoy position is 36 52 00.631N—75 29 32.021W. If authorized the buoy will be established for approximately one year. In your comments address the impact this proposal may impose on your operation.
Send comments to:
Fifth Coast Guard District
431 Crawford Street, Rm. 100
Portsmouth, VA. 23704
Attn.: Albert Grimes
Or email comments to: Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil (5th District LNM Week 38/2014)
Cottrell Contracting Corporation of Chesapeake, Virginia dredge ROCKBRIDGE will be conducting dredging operations in the Norfolk Harbor and Craney Island Reach between Craney Island (36.919320° -76.370177°) Creek Buoy 7 (LLNR 9677) and Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 25 (LLNR 9710) beginning 20 September, 2014 until on or about 15 December, 2014. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13, 16. (5th District LNM Week 37/2014)
Gilmerton Bridge Update: MSIB Update: USCG Sector Hampton Roads:
DATE: September 10, 2014
Please be advised that the Gilmerton Bridge (36.775082° -76.294999°) construction project has been delayed by approximately three weeks. This Bulletin serves to update and supersede MSIB 14-013, released on August 11, 2014. The schedule noted herein is subject to change based on operational contingencies. In the event the operational schedule set forth herein is further modified, the Coast Guard will notify the public via the Local Notice to Mariners.
Advanced notice is required per the table below for vessels transiting on the Elizabeth River in the vicinity of the Gilmerton Bridge during the hours of 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. In all cases, notice shall be given by calling the bridge tender at (757) 485-5488 or via VHF Channel 13. In the table, "Vessels less than or equal to 60 ft HC" applies to vessels requiring 60 feet or less of horizontal clearance, while "Vessels greater than 60 ft HC" applies to vessels requiring more than 60 feet of horizontal clearance.
|Begin (estimate)||End (estimate)||Vessels less than or equal to 60 ft HC||Vessels greater than 60 ft HC|
|Present||21 Sep 14||2 hours notice||2 hours notice|
|22 Sep 14||20 Jan 15||2 hours notice||24 hours notice|
|20 Jan 15||20 Mar 15||No adv notice||2 hours notice|
Coinjock Power Line Construction:
Irby Construction Company will be conducting power line construction from 22 September through 22 October, 2014 from 7 a.m until 5 p.m. seven days a week on all the waters of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterways in the vicinity of Coinjock North Carolina (36.342866°-75.952922°). The work boat onscene will be monitoring VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. Boaters are requested to maintain a no wake speed when transiting through the work zone. Any comments or questions can be directed to Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Waterways Management at (910) 772-2214 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (5th District LNM Week 38/2014)
Bridge Work, AICW Morehead City, Horizontal Clearance Restricted:
Mariners are advised that maintenance and repairs will be in progress at the US 70/High Rise (fixed) Bridge, at AICW mile 203.8 (34.720105°-76.693624°), across Newport River in Morehead City, NC from July 19, 2014 through April 25, 2015. To facilitate maintenance and repairs, the contractor will utilize a 40-foot X 60-foot barge as a work platform for equipment staging that will reduce the available horizontal clearance in the navigable channel. A two-hour advance notice is required to remove the barge from the channel for vessels requiring greater than 40 feet of horizontal clearance to safely navigate through the bridge. The work supervisor can be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 or 16 to arrange removal of the barge from the channel. Mariners are urged to transit the area with caution at slow no wake speeds. For any comments or questions, contact the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Waterways Management, (910) 772-2212, or at email@example.com. (5th District Bridge Branch)
NC Coast Seismic Survey Ops:
All local Mariners and Vessels are advised that the Research Vessel (R/V) Marcus G. Langseth (235' blue hull with white superstructure) will be conducting seismic survey operations off the coast of North Carolina in various locations 40 nautical miles east of Ocracoke Inlet, NC, 17 nautical miles east of Oregon Inlet, NC, and 15 nautical miles east of Cape Lookout out to a distance of 210 nautical miles from September 16, 2014 to October 25, 2014. When engaged in seismic survey operations the R/V Marcus G. Langseth will have a 4.6 nautical mile long hydrophone cable towed astern of the ship at a depth of approximately 27 feet, with a metallic buoy on the surface at the far end of the cable with reflectors and a flashing white light. The R/V Marcus G. Langseth will be restricted in its ability to maneuver and will be monitoring CH 16 VHF-FM. Mariners are advised to stay clear of the R/V Marcus G. Langseth, its tow cable and metallic buoy. (5th District LNM Week 37/2014)
Beaufort/Morehead City Ranges to be Replaced:
On or about 28 August 2014, the Coast Guard will begin the demolition and reconstruction of the three visual, centerline ranges serving Beaufort/Morehead City. The demolition/reconstruction of the range structures will be performed by USCGC KENNEBEC and USCGC SMILAX and will result in any or all three ranges being unavailable for navigational use during the construction period. Both units will be monitoring CH16 and 13 VHF-FM and will be restricted in their ability to maneuver. No wake is requested for passing vessels. The Coast Guard anticipates completing the projects on or about 30 September, where upon completion, the following changes will be in effect:
Beaufort Inlet Channel Range Front Light (LLNR 29335) to posn: 34-41-47.467N,
076-39-53.000W, Q W (DAY), no change in nighttime characteristic, 23ft (DAY), 20ft (NIGHT)
Beaufort Inlet Channel Range Rear Light (LLNR 29340) to posn: 34-42-45.743N,
076-39-39.016W, no change in characteristics, 68ft (DAY), 71ft (NIGHT)
Morehead City Channel Range Front Light (LLNR 29430) to posn: 34-41-38.240N, 076-39-59.902W, no change in characteristics, 23ft (DAY), 20ft (NIGHT)
Morehead City Channel Range Rear Light (LLNR 29435) to posn: 34-41-33.481N, 076-39-52.311W, no change in characteristics, 37ft (DAY), 40ft (NIGHT)
Fort Macon Reach Range Front Light (LLNR 29395) to posn: 34-42-04.915N, 076-40-22.472W, no change in characteristics, 23ft
Fort Macon Reach Range Rear Light (LLNR 29400) to posn: 34-42-11.754N, 076-40-25.458W, no change in characteristics, 34ft (5th District LNM Week 33/2014)
North Carolina AICW Shoaling Reminder:
Browns Inlet Crossing, North of the Onslow Beach Bridge, (34.598523°-77.241191°) Mile 238. Shoaling, shifting channel and often different markers than charted. This is a good example of many problem areas where an inlet, creek or river flows into or across the AICW causing frequent shoaling and changes.
Shoaling to 2.6 feet is reported in the vicinity of green can 99A at Black Mud Creek (34.354514°-77.681862°), New Topsail Inlet area, approximately AICW Mile 270.5.
USCG Seventh District
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida
Waterway Analysis and Management System Review (WAMS) Scheduled:
The Coast Guard is conducting a Waterway Analysis and Management System (WAMS) review of the Stono and North Edisto Rivers, SC. Mariners and other concerned parties are invited to comment on the aids to navigation in this waterway. Any comments or recommended changes to aids to navigation in the waterway should be received no later than 30 December 2014 to be considered. Send comments to:
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Charleston
Att: CWO Christopher Ruleman
1050 Register Street
North Charleston, SC 29405
Phone: (843) 740-3184
The Coast Guard is conducting a Waterway Analysis and Management System (WAMS) review of the Canaveral Barge Canal and Banana Rivers, FL. Mariners and other concerned parties are invited to comment on the aids to navigation in this waterway. Any comments or recommended changes to aids to navigation in the waterway should be received no later than 30 December 2014 to be considered. Send comments to:
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville
Att: CWO Michael Tomasi
4200 Ocean Street
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
Phone: (904) 564-7565
The Coast Guard is conducting a Waterway Analysis and Management System (WAMS) review of Dry Tortugas National Park, FL. Mariners and other concerned parties are invited to comment on the aids to navigation in this waterway. Any comments or recommended changes to aids to navigation in the waterway should be received no later than 30 December 2014 to be considered. Send comments to:
U.S. Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Key West
ATT: OIC BMC Jeffrey Hunter
100 Trumbo Rd.
Key West, FL 33040
Phone: (305) 292-8748
The Coast Guard is conducting a Waterway Analysis and Management System (WAMS) review of Doctor Pass to Tampa Bay, FL. Mariners and other concerned parties are invited to comment on the aids to navigation in this waterway. Any comments or recommended changes to aids to navigation in the waterway should be received no later than 27 January 2015 to be considered. Send comments to:
U.S. Coast Guard Sector St Petersburg
Att: CWO Darren Pauly
155 Columbia Drive
Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: (813) 228-2191 ext. 8184
The Coast Guard is conducting a Waterway Analysis and Management System (WAMS) review of the Okeechobee Waterway: St. Lucie Inlet to Moore Haven Statute Mile 80. Mariners and other concerned parties are invited to comment on the aids to navigation in this waterway. Any comments or recommended changes to aids to navigation in the waterway should be received no later than 30 December 2014 to be considered.
Send comments to:
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Miami
Att: CWO Mark Sheaffer
100 MacArthur Causeway
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone: (904) 564-7565
Email: Mark.G.Sheaffer@uscg.mil (7th District LNM Week 37/2014)
The Coast Guard is conducting a Waterway Analysis and Management System (WAMS) review of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW) Mile 870 to 915, Indian River, FL. Mariners and other concerned parties are invited to comment on the aids to navigation in this waterway. Any comments or recommended changes to aids to navigation in the waterway should be received no later than 30 December 2014 to be considered.
Send comments to:
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville
Att: CWO Michael Tomasi
4200 Ocean Street
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
Phone: (904) 564-7565
Email: Michael.F.Tomasi@uscg.mil (7th District LNM Week 38/2014)
Lady's Island Bridge Inspection:
South Carolina Department of Transportation will be conducting a bridge inspection of the Lady's Island/Woods Memorial Swingbridge (32.427443° -80.669185°) across Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Beaufort, South Carolina. This inspection will be conducted from October 7 through October 10, 2014 during daylight hours from a work barge that will be moved upon request via VHF-FM channel 9. (7th District LNM Week 37/2014)
Wappoo Creek Bridge Single Leaf Openings for Repairs:
The South Carolina Department of Transportation has advised the Coast Guard that they will be repairing the SC Route 171 (Wappoo Creek) Bridge (32.766286° -79.974176°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 470.8, Charleston, South Carolina. The contractor Adelphi Inc.DBA G-Force Contracting has requested two 48 hour single-leaf operations closures with a four hour notice for a double-leaf opening with the first restriction starting on October 06, 2014. To arrange for a double-leaf opening, please contact the bridge tender on VHF-FM Channel 9 or call xxx-xxx-xxxx. The next 48 hour restriction will be published as soon as the dates are available. (7th District LNM Week 37/2014)
South Island Ferry Crossing (AICW Mile 411.5) to be Rebuilt:
Cape Romain Contractors will be rebuilding the Ferry Crossing to South Island (33.250559°-79.268874°) on the Intracoastal Waterway approximately 1 mile south of Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor LT 2 (LLNR 34115) from September 15, 2014 to approximately January 15, 2015. Construction will not impede normal marine traffic. Mariners are urged to use caution while transiting the area. For on-scene communications contact Cape Romain Contactors on VHF FM channels 16 or Cape Romain site manager Horry Parker (843) 514-1269. For navigation safety related issues, contact Coast Guard Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division (843) 740-3188 or the 24-hour Command Center Line (843) 740-7050. (7th District LNM Week 33/2014) (This is in the Estherville-Minum Creek Canal south of Georgetown, SC)
Satilla River Aid Missing (NOT on the AICW):
Raccoon Key Split Light 2 (LLNR 6435) (31-00-20.707N, 081-26-13.707W) is missing both daymarks and lght. The TRLB marking the hazard is missing. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 38/2014)
Pablo Creek Aid Destroyed:
Pablo Creek DBN 29 (LLNR 38485) (30-18-18.259N, 081-25-26.960W) is destroyed. The aid was leaning and now missing. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM Week 37/2014)
Fort Pierce Dredging:
Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company will commence dredge operations on or about September 20, 2014 on the Indian River within the Turning Basin of the Port of Fort Pierce. Operations will continue 24/7 until approximately November 1, 2014.The Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge DODGE ISLAND will dredge in the Fort Pierce T/B subsequently discharging the dredged material into the (ODMDS) via bottom dumping. All working vessels will monitor channels VHF 6 and 13. GLDD's onsite points of contact will be Adam Ballenger (630) 649-9777) and Megan Place (630) 209-7619).
Mariners beware of Operations in the following areas including transit between:
1) Project Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Zone (Release Zone):
NW Limit: 27-27- 20.94N/080-11-53.17W
NE Limit: 27-27-20.96N/080-11-29.82W
SW Limit: 27-27-4.41N/080-11-59.14 W
SE Limit: 27-27-4.43N/080-11-29.80W
2) Fort Pierce Turning Basin:
NW Limit: 27-27-55.32N/080-19-16.77W
NE Limit: 27-27-48.74N/080-18-57.82W
SW Limit: 27-27-29.2 N/080-19-20.55W
SE Limit: 27-27-32.58N/080-19-4.89W (7th District LNM Week 35/2014)
Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On September 24, 2014 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 14.84 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 8.78 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 6.98 feet for Route 2 (Rim Route) (26°47'0.61"N, 26°47'0.61"N). You can usually check the daily lake level and navigational depths at http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/reports/r-oke.html
Park Construction North of Indiantown Bridge:
Ferreira Construction will commence construction of a park on or about October 1, 2014. Construction will take place 1/2 mile north of the Indiantown Bridge (26.933648° -80.084072°) on the west side of the channel, on Fullerton Island. Tugs "Lady Alexander" and "Randy Girl" and associated barges will be traversing the AICW between Burt Reynolds Park and Fullerton Island and all vessels will monitor VHF Channels 10/16. Operations will occur (6-days per week) Monday through Saturday from Sunrise to Sunset until approximately September 14, 2015. For further information POC contact for Ferreira Construction John Ciabattari (772) 286-5123. (7th District LNM Week 37/2014)
Naval Exercises off SE Florida:
1. The US Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) and the M/V HUGH SHARP operated by University of Delaware will be conducting surface maneuvers and planting inert targets in the water immediately east and south of Lake Worth Inlet. Operations are scheduled within a period beginning 25 September – 01 October 2014 from 0600 to 2400 hours. The M/V HUGH SHARP will be working between 50 feet of water and 650 feet of water approximately .5 NM to 3 NM off shore, and from 1/2 NM south of Lake Worth Inlet to 9 miles south of the inlet. The targets will be planted in the following area bounded by the following coordinates. After deployment an ROV will be deployed to survey the field.
RMS OP AREA
The M/V HUGH SHARP will be under direct Navy charter. All vessels are to stay well clear of the HUGH SHARP during the target installation operations. For further information contact Anthony Bush, Range Operations SFOMF at (954) 926-4032.
2. The US Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) and the M/V HUGH SHARP operated by University of Delaware will be conducting surface maneuvers in the water immediately east and south of Port Everglades Inlet. The operations are scheduled within a period beginning 01-03 October, 2014 from 0600 to 2400 hours. The vessel will be working between 200 feet of water and 400 feet of water approximately 1.5 NM to 2.5 NM off shore, and from 2 NM south of Port Everglades Inlet to 3 NM south of the inlet. The R/V HUGH SHARP will be recovering equipment on the sea floor and will be restricted in maneuverability. The equipment will be re-deployed from the surface after modifications are made and will be planted on the sea floor. At the conclusion of the deployment, a ROV will be deployed for survey of the cables and surrounding area. The survey area will be bounded by a box of the following coordinates:
CY OP AREA
All vessels are asked to stay well clear of the R/V HUGH SHARP during these deployment operations. For further information contact Anthony Bush, Range Operations SFOMF at (954) 926-4032.
3. The US Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) and the M/V HUGH SHARP operated by University of Delaware will be recovering cables and sensors in the water immediately east and south of Port Everglades Inlet. The operations are scheduled within a period beginning 04-05 October, 2014 from 0600 to 2400 hours. The vessel will be working between 800 feet of water and 900 feet of water approximately 9 NM to 11 NM off shore, and from 1 NM south of Port Everglades Inlet to 4 miles south of inlet. The R/V HUGH SHARP will be deploying a ROV and recovering cables off of the sea floor and will be restricted in maneuverability. The cables will be brought to the surface for the installation of the equipment on the sea floor. The equipment will then be redeployed with the ROV and the equipment will remain on the sea floor. All vessels are asked to stay well clear of the M/V HUGH SHARP. For further information contact Anthony Bush, Range Operations SFOMF at (954) 926-4032.
4. The US Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) and the M/V HUGH SHARP operated by University of Delaware will be conducting a Side Scan Survey in the water immediately east and south of Port Everglades Inlet. The operations are scheduled within a period beginning 06-07 October, 2014 from 0600 to 2400hours. The vessel will be working between 200 feet of water and 700 feet of water approximately 1.5 NM to 5 NM off shore, and from .5 NM south of Port Everglades inlet to 6 miles south of the inlet. The R/V HUGH SHARP will be conducting Side Scan Sonar Survey, following a pre-determined course and speed, thus limiting the vessels ability to maneuver. The R/V HUGH SHARP will also periodically deploy an environmental measurement sensor in the water column throughout the survey. All vessels are asked to stay well clear of the R/V HUGH SHARP. For further information contact Anthony Bush, Range Operations SFOMF at (954) 926-4032. (7th District LNM Week 38/2014)
Megayacht Marina Construction at Watson Island, Miami Beach: UPDATE:
Cashman Dredging and Marine Contracting will commence work on or about September 20, 2014 until February of 2015. The scope of work is to include dredging of the Island Garden Harbor, located on the west side of Watson Island (25°47'08.00"N/80°10'46.00"W) and placement of the dredge spoils at two recipient mitigation sites, Seagrass (25°48'59.00"N/80°09'06.00"W) and Sponge (25°48'46.00"N/80°08'42.00"W), located in Biscayne Bay just north of the Julia Tuttle Causeway next to the Great Lakes Dock and Dredge mitigation site. Four material transport barges, ranging in sizes up to 130'x52' will be traveling between the dredge site and mitigation sites daily for offloading dredge spoils. Two push boats will be used to transfer these barges between sites. The dredge and mitigation sites will be enclosed by steel turbidity pipe pile and curtain upon the commencement of dredging. The turbidity piles will be sticking out of the water approximately 6ft and will have a flashing white beacons located on each of the pile heads. The floating yellow turbidity curtains will be deployed along the pile lines and will designate the three work areas. All Mariners are urged to use extreme caution around Watson Island, MacArthur Causeway, Venetian Causeway and Julia Tuttle Causeway. All barges and tugs will monitor VHF Channel 16. Operations will be Monday through Saturday from 7:00am to 7:00pm. For further information contact the Project POC Marty Kenealy (941) 704-8328. (7th District LNM Week 38/2014)
Miami Buoy Sinking!
MIAMI LIGHTED BUOY M (LLNR 895/10455) (25-46-05.916N, 080-04-59.936W) is riding low in the water and sinking. Aid will eventually become extinguished and sink. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting through the area. (7th District LNM Week 37/2014)
Longboat Pass Aids Changes:
Temporarily Disestablished and Installed "DANGER SHOAL" Boards:
-LONGBOAT PASS DBN 1 (LLNR 21757) removed SG1 dayboard and installed a"Danger Shoal" board
-LONGBOAT PASS DBN 3 (LLNR 21760) removed SG3 dayboard and installed a "Danger Shoal" board
-LONGBOAT PASS BUOY 1 in position 27-25-56.095N/082-41-45.036W
-LONGBOAT PASS BUOY 2 in position 27-26-04.025N/082-41-44.206W
-LONGBOAT PASS BUOY 2A in position 27-26-18.456N/082-41-37.788W
-LONGBOAT PASS BUOY 3 in position 27-26-10.131N/082-41-46.746W
-LONGBOAT PASS BUOY 3A in position 27-26-20.809N/082-41-43.716W
Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM Week 38/2014)
Aquaculture Regulations for Gulf of Mexico Offshore:
The Proposed Rule for the "Fishery Management Plan for Regulating Offshore Marine Aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico" has been released for a 60-day public comment period.
Information on the rule as well as how to comment can be found: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/gulf_fisheries/aquaculture/index.html. The comment due date is 10/27/2014.
SUMMARY: NMFS proposes regulations to implement the Fishery Management Plan for Regulating Offshore Aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico (FMP), as prepared by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council). The FMP entered into effect by operation of law on September 3, 2009. If implemented, this rule would establish a comprehensive regulatory program for managing the development of an environmentally sound and economically sustainable aquaculture industry in Federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf), i.e., the U.S. exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The purpose of this rule is to increase the yield of Federal fisheries in the Gulf by supplementing the harvest of wild caught species with cultured product. (7th District LNM Week 35/2014)
Tampa Bay Dredging Details:
Orion Marine Construction will begin Mechanical Clamshell Dredging with Hydraulic Offloading of Scow Barges and Pumping Dredge Slurry to Disposal Island 2D. Location: Miscellaneous Berths within Port Tampa Bay to Disposal Island 2D Mechanical Clamshell Dredging will be performed within Port Tampa Bay (also inclusive of Port Sutton, Port Redwing, and Big Bend Channel). Loaded scow barges will be transported from Port Berths to the north side of Disposal Island 2D. Material from scow barges will be slurried and hydraulically pumped to the North Cell of Disposal Island 2D via submerged high density polyethylene pipeline.
Commence Date: October 1, 2014
Completion Date: March 31, 2015 (anticipated)
Hours of Operation: Approximately 12 hours per day (day shift only)
Days of Operation: Monday through Sunday (7 days per week)
Name of Contact Vessel: "DRAVO"
VHF – FM Channels Monitored: Channels 13, 16 and Working Channel 1
Mariners are urged to use extreme caution in the area, transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. Floating rubber and submerged polyethylene pipeline associated with the hydraulic unloading operation near Disposal Island 2D will be utilized. Pipeline, vessels, and mooring piles, and buoys will be visibly lighted. A submerged pipeline will be utilized from the offloading barge to Disposal Island 2D. The area utilized by the hydraulic offloading operation (including barge, mooring piles, and all pipeline) will be outside of the navigation channel.
Approximate Location of Temporary Aids for Dredge Ops:
Buoy 1/Marker Buoy #1 – 30" Steel Ball 27°53'31.48"N 82°26'10.94"W
Buoy 2/Marker Buoy #2 – 30" Steel Ball 27°53'19.62"N 82°26'14.04"W
BG1/Offloading Barge – 120' x 50' w/ Spuds 27°53'16.49"N 82°25'55.79"W
MP1/Mooring Pile #1 – 24" Round Steel 27°53'16.75"N 82°25'58.00"W
MP2/Mooring Pile #2 – 24" Round Steel 27°53'16.69"N 82°25'57.25"W
MP3/Mooring Pile #3 – 24" Round Steel 27°53'16.46"N 82°25'54.39"W
MP4/Mooring Pile #4 – 24" Round Steel 27°53'16.40"N 82°25'53.60"W
MP5/Mooring Pile #5 – 24" Round Steel 27°53'16.34"N 82°25'52.82"W
MP6/Mooring Pile #6 – 24" Round Steel 27°53'16.27"N 82°25'51.99"W
For further information POC: Justin Chorlog, Project Manager (813) 835-2847 at Orion Marine Construction, Inc. (7th District LNM Week 38/2014)
Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM Week 38/2014:
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. Bridges that have vertical height reduced (or other severe restriction) will remain on this list until the restriction is removed.
Atlantic Boulevard Bridge (AICW Mile 744.7): Genesis CEI Services, LLC has advised the Coast Guard that due to painting operations on the Atlantic Boulevard (SR 10) (30.323251°-81.438770°) Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (San Pablo Creek) mile 744.7, Duval County, Florida. The vertical clearance of the 65 foot high bridge will be reduced by four feet slightly more than one-half the channel from April 10, 2014 through April 10, 2015. The contractor will maintain 65 ft of vertical clearance within a 45 ft horizontal clearance at all times on one side of the channel. Mariners are requested to proceed through the east side of the channel through this area.
Main Street Bridge, St. Johns River: The Coast Guard has approved a temporary change to the operating schedule of the Main Street Bridge across the St Johns River, Jacksonville, Florida, due to bridge repairs. From January 24 through December 30, 2014, the Main Street Bridge will open with a two hour advance notice between the 6:00 a.m. and 6:59 p.m. to the bridge tender either via VHF-FM channel 9 or by calling 904-891-2191. Between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. a four hour advance notice to the bridge tender will be required to receive an opening. During the painting operation the contractor will be placing scaffolding under the bridge which will reduce the vertical clearance of the bridge up to 10 feet. Superior Construction Company has advised the Coast Guard that they will be using a snooper truck as part of this operation which will reduce the vertical clearance to 22 feet at different locations. The snooper truck can be removed if 30 minutes advance notice is provided.
Update: The 2 hour notice for an opening will be in effect for this week, 09/22/14 –09/28/14, between the hours of 9am and 4pm due to repairs being made on the lift span. The advanced notice for an opening will also be in effect beginning at 9pm Friday night, 09/26/14 and ending at 6am Sunday morning, 09/28/14 due to repairs being made under a full bridge traffic detour. Between the hours of 6am and 7pm, a 2 hour notice is required, between the hours of 7pm to 6am a 4 hour notice is required. We greatly appreciate everyone's patience and understanding in this matter.
Please note these dates may change or be added due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather or equipment failure. Unless specifically identified in the schedule, mariners should anticipate the described opening restrictions are in effect. Additionally, to support mariners with the latest information we have provided a cell phone to the bridge tenders at the Main Street Bridge who can be contacted at any time, 904-891-2191.
FEC/Acosta Railroad Bridge: The Captain of the Port Jacksonville advises all mariners that the FEC Railroad Bridge, mile 24.9, St Johns River, Jacksonville, is undergoing bridge repairs. The bridge will be open to navigational traffic from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Additionally, the bridge will be open all day to navigational traffic on the following dates September 21st and October 5th, 19th and 26th. At all other times the bridge will be closed to navigation. Vessels that may pass under the bridge without an opening may do so at anytime. Clearance is restricted to five feet above mean high water.
Ortega River Bridge: The Coast Guard has been advised that construction activities have begun in the vicinity of US-17 (Ortega River) Bridge over the Ortega River in Jacksonville, FL. The work to be performed at the Ortega River Bridge includes removal of the existing traffic railing approaching the bridge on the Southbound side of US-17, drilling through the bridge deck for placement of anchors and dowels for construction of Thrie-beam retrofit guardrail across both inside and outside edge of Southbound US-17 as well as the inside edge of Northbound US-17, and drilling through the existing railing for placement of anchors and dowels for construction of pedestrian bullet railing on the outside edge of Northbound US-17. There will be no changes to the vertical clearance or any channel restrictions due these construction activities. The work activities began on 8/25/2014 beginning with the removal of the existing traffic railing approaching the Southbound Bridge and are planned to continue through September 2015.
Flagler Memorial Bridge: The Florida Department of Transportation has advised that the Flagler Memorial Bridge will be placed in the open to navigation position for a six month period. Mariners are reminded that the horizontal clearance at the Flagler Memorial Bridge (26.718200°-80.044761°) is currently set at 70 feet and will remain until the new bridge is built and this bridge is removed.
Due to a concrete pumping operation over the Flagler Memorial Bridge, the vertical clearance over the waterway will be limited to 64 ft during the operation. Vessels requiring more than 64 ft of vertical clearance should contact the bridge tender at least four hours in advance to schedule the removal of the pipe over the waterway. This operation will be conducted at least 2 or 3 times a week from Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. starting May 27, 2014 and ending on October 31, 2014. Mariners are requested to contact Primary - 813 235 3056 (Ricardo Baraybar) Secondary - 561 253 6995 (PCL Office) to make arrangements to have the vertical clearance restriction removed.
With the Flagler Memorial Bridge left in the open to navigation position from May 12, 2014 until October 31, 2014, all vehicle traffic will be detoured to the bridges south of this structure. For this reason, the Royal Park Bridge will be on an hourly schedule at the quarter-hour (open once an hour on the quarter past the hour) from 6:16 a.m. until 8:14 p.m. Monday through Friday, except that from 7:16 a.m. to 9:14 a.m. and from 4:16 p.m. to 6:14 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation. At all other time including Federal Holidays this bridge will open on the quarter-hour and three-quarter hour. The Southern Boulevard Bridge will remain on the twice an hour schedule (top of the hour and bottom of the hour), except that from 7:31 a.m. to 9:29 a.m. and from 4:01 p.m. to 5:59 p.m. (Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays), this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation.
PCL Construction will be working on the new Flagler Memorial Bridge and will have floating equipment in the vicinity of the Flagler Memorial Bridge. Any and all channel restrictions/closures in support of this new structure will be published in future Local Notice to Mariners and Broadcast Notice to Mariners. This bridge construction is anticipated to be completed by September 1, 2016.
Lake Avenue/Robert Harris Bridge: The Florida Department of Transportation has initiated coordination with the Coast Guard to consider regulations on the Lake Worth/Lake Avenue/Robert Harris Bridge (26.613475° -80.044348°), across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1028.0, Lake Worth, Palm Beach County, Florida, which will allow for some bridge closures and temporary regulation changes to order to facilitate construction/repair activity on this bridge.
The Coast Guard has agreed to allow this bridge to remain closed to navigation from 12:05 a.m. to 4:59 a.m. and from 7:05 a.m. to 10:59 a.m. daily, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. This bridge will be allowed to open once an hour on the top of hour for the remainder of the day. The vertical clearance of the bridge will be reduced by 5 feet which will allow for a vertical clearance of 30 feet in the closed position.
Coastal Gunite Construction Company has advised the Coast Guard that they will start this project on September 2, 2014 and will continue until May 15, 2015.
Sheridan Street Bridge: Kiewit Infrastructure South Co. has advised the Coast Guard that they will be working on the Sheridan Street Bridge (26.034016°-80.117363°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Hollywood, Broward County, Florida from September 8, 2014 through October 10, 2014. There will be numerous testing operations ongoing throughout the project, mariners please ensure that you contact the bridge tender if the bridge is open before proceeding. From 10:00 p.m. to 12 midnight and from 3:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. daily, between October 6 through October 10, 2014, the bridge will be closed to navigation.
Historic Seven Mile Bridge: The Coast Guard has been advised that parts of the old Seven Mile Bridge have broken off and fell in the water. The area has been marked with buoys by the bridge owners. Mariners are advised to proceed with caution. The Coast Guard received a report of the historic Seven Mile Bridge, has experienced a collapse of (5) sections of cantilever overhang on the ocean side of the bridge in the area of MM 41.8 Overseas Highway (Position: N 24 41 368 - W 081 12 259) of the 5 sections that collapsed, (4) are hanging on the side of the bridge and one has fallen into the water and appears to be lying on the bottom in approximately 4ft of water. Mariners are advised to avoid the area and not cross under the structure.
Park Boulevard Bridge: Pinellas County has hired Seacoast to repair the Park Boulevard Bridge (27.843500° -82.838270°) across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, St. Petersburg Beach, Pinellas County, Florida. From September 28 through October 29, 2014, the bridge will be left in the open to navigation position as the machinery will be removed and the bridge will be unable to function. During this time the contractor will be repairing/painting portions of the bridge from a work barge in the waterway. From October 29 through December 12, 2014, the Park Boulevard Bridge will be allowed to operate on single-leaf operations. A double-leaf operation will be available with a four hour notice to the bridge tender by calling 727-319-7088 or via VHF-FM channel 9.
Once the Park Boulevard Bridge is placed in the open to navigation position, the vehicle traffic will need to be detoured to Indian Rocks Beach (27.843500° -82.845383°) to the north and Tom Stuart/Welch Causeway (27.806633° -82.795032°) to the south. For this reason, the Coast Guard is considering placing opening restrictions on both of these bridges to assist the local communities. A coordinated effort between the Local School Board, Florida Department of Transportation and the U.S. Coast Guard is ongoing to determine the best times to leave these bridges closed to navigation during the heaviest periods of rush hour traffic and school bus traffic.
For the reasons stated above the Indian Rocks Bridge across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Indian Rocks, Florida will be allowed to remain closed to navigation from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays from September 28 through October 29, 2014. At all other times the bridge will open on signal per 33 CFR 117.5.
The Tom Stuart/SR 666 Bridge across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway mile 122.8, Madeira Beach, Florida will be allowed to remain closed to navigation from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays from September 28 through October 29, 2014. At all other times the bridge shall open on signal; except that, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays, the draw need be opened only on the hour, 20 minutes after the hour, and 40 minutes after the hour, per 33 CFR 117.287(h).
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.