East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale

Special Notices

Irene Damage to Great Bridge Lock:
Limited Lockings to Great Bridge Lock, Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway - Repairs to the Great Bridge Locks, damaged during Hurricane Irene, in Chesapeake, Virginia continue. Limited lockings will occur on August 31, 2011 at 8:00 pm, September 1, 2011 at 9:00 am, and September 1, 2011 at 8:00 pm. Exact time will vary depending on tide and water levels in canal. One locking in each direction will occur at each scheduled time.
Schedules beyond September 1, 2011 will be announced when available. Vessel operators may contact the Great Bridge Lock at 757-547-3311 for the latest lock repairs. Lock and bridge operators will monitor Channel 13.
From the USACE  Norfolk. The Bridge at Great Bridge will open in coordination with the schedule of the lock.*

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

Troy Lock Closed:
            The US Army Corps of Engineers has closed the Troy Lock (Hudson River) until further notice due to debris and damage resulting from Hurricane Irene. Mariners may contact the Lock by calling (518) 272-6442 to get an updated status of operations. (First District LNM 35)

Dismal Swamp Canal Closed:
            The Dismal Swamp Canal, Alternate AICW Route, had been closed because of the fire in the Great Dismal Swamp. That fire is reported by the local TV news to be 90% contained; the report also said that firefighters are having difficulty getting to the fire because of downed trees and debris. There are also reports that many trees are down and blocking the canal, so it continues to be closed.

Irene Damage Warning:
            Mariners are caution that as a result of Hurricane Irene aids to navigation may be missing, damaged, off station or showing improper characteristics. Water ways may be shoaled or obstructed by debris. Mariners are advised to navigate with caution and report any aids to navigation discrepancies or hazards to navigation to the Coast Guard. (5th District LNM 35) The list of damaged, off station and missing markers in the 5th and First District is huge. It will take a long time for them to all be repaired/replaced. The complete lists are at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/lnms/lnm05352011.pdf and http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/lnms/lnm01352011.pdf.

Irene Damage to Marinas:
            The reports that I have seen indicate that the damage to marinas in the Chesapeake Bay and North Carolina has not been as bad as expected. The worst seems to be in the Cape Hatteras, Pamlico, Pungo and Neuse River Area, but not all marinas in these areas report damage. Some affected marinas have electrical problems from flooding, some have lost a few docks, some may not be able to pump fuel and some had boat damage. Some marinas from Delmarva Coast to Maine have also suffered damage from flooding, moored boats washing ashore, and wind and wave damage. Check ahead if you plan to be underway soon on the water anywhere between Maine and North Carolina.

Okeechobee Waterway Lock Closures:
            According to a Jacksonville District USACE Notice to Navigation Interests dated August 19, 2011, the following temporary lock closures will be necessary in order to dewater and re-water the locks:
Ortona: Closed September 18, 2011 at 2130; Open October 4, 2011 at 0600
Moore Haven: Closed September 18, 2011 at 2130; Open November 14, 2011 at 0600 (7th District LNM 34)

DGPS Unusable Time:
            Unusable time is approved for the Kensington, SC DGPS site for Nautel Transmitter Install. Unusable time authorized:
Primary: 21 SEP 11 1300Z - 22 SEP 11 0100Z (0900 - 2100 EDT)
Alternate: 22 SEP 11 1300Z - 23 SEP 11 0100Z (0900 - 2100 EDT) (7th District LNM 33)

Testing at DGPS Portsmouth, VA:
            The USCG will be conducting testing at DGPS engineering test site in Portsmouth VA beginning on 1 September at 0900 Eastern. Testing will conclude on 30 September at 0900 Eastern.
Transmission specifications are:
A. Radio Beacon ID – 821
B. Frequency - 313 KHZ
C. Baud Rate - 200 BPS
Users are cautioned not to use that beacon for Navigation. The DGPS sites at Driver VA and New Bern NC provide DGPS coverage in the area and are available for navigation. (5th District LNM 35)

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

Chelsea Street Bridge Construction:
            Construction of the new Chelsea Street Bridge, mile 1.2, across the Chelsea River between Chelsea and East Boston, Massachusetts is ongoing and will continue through 2012. The main channel at the bridge will be closed for 72 hours from 7 a.m. on September 13, 2011 through 7 a.m. on September 15, 2011, to facilitate launching of the bridge lift span. (First District LNM 34)

Comments Requested:
Montauk Channel/Block Island Sound Vessel Routing
            The US Coast Guard is seeking comments on its preliminary study recommendations of a Port Access Route Study (PARS) evaluating the continued applicability of and need for modifications to the current vessel routing measures in the Waters of Montauk Channel and Block Island Sound. Comments should be submitted by October 4. 76 Fed. Reg. 47529 (August 5, 2011) http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/pdf/2011-19859.pdf . (First District LNM 32)

Another Boating Holiday Pollution Warning for a No-Discharge Zone:
            The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will temporarily designate a section of West Harbor (within Oyster Bay Harbor); 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 3 through Thursday, September 8, 2011, 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 the Narrows, which links Port Jefferson Harbor to Conscience Bay. Town owned pump-out facilities will be available in or near the restricted areas at no cost to boaters; town pump out boats can be hailed on marine radio VHF channel 9 in the Towns of Oyster Bay and Huntington and on marine radio VHF channel 73 in Port Jefferson Harbor. (First District LNM 35)

Dredging, NY/NJ:
            Cashman Dredging & Marine Contracting Company LLC will be conducting dredging operations at three Kinder Morgan Facilities beginning at Carteret NJ, followed by Staten Island NY, and Perth Amboy NJ. The dredging operations will be outside of any federal navigable channel. Hours of operation will be 7 days a week, 12 hours a day, from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm starting on August 24 2011 and ending on October 2, 2011. The following equipment will be engaged in the daily operations: Wood 1 (Dredge Barge), Wood 2 (Spud Barge), and 5 hopper barges (SEI3000, SEI3001, SEI3002, Kelley, SEI2003). The 24 hr a day point of contact(s) will be Shawn Wyatt (617) 908-5255 and Brian Taylor (857) 526-5624. (First District LNM 34)

Regulated Navigation Area NY/NJ:
            The US Coast Guard promulgated a temporary interim rule establishing a regulated navigation area (RNA) on certain navigable waters of the Arthur Kill in the Port of New York and New Jersey. This rule is necessary to enhance navigation and safety during drilling, blasting, and dredging operations in support of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) channel deepening project. The RNA will be in effect through April 1, 2014. Comments on this temporary interim rule should be submitted by September 22. 76 Fed. Reg. 52569 (August 23, 2011)
http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/pdf/2011-21460.pdf (First District LNM 34)

Hudson River Test Borings:
            Aquifer Drilling and Phoenix Marine will be taking two test borings in the Hudson River, in the charted Pipeline and Cable Area at Danskammer Point, from Aug 22 – Dec 1, 2011. Work hours are Monday-Friday, 0700-1700. Each test boring will be taken from the Phoenix X and Phoenix VII  (50' x 80' Jack Up Barges) in positions 41-34.26538N, 073-57.84152W and 41-34.04965N, 073-57.46951W. The NYSMH #1 will be on scene outside of working hours. The New York State Marine Highway #1 is a 30' x 60' Spud Barge & Tug. Each boring is expected to take three months to complete. The Phoenix X and Phoenix VII cannot move while taking these borings. Aquifer Drilling's point of contact is Mr. Steve Wolf at 516-779-4723 or the vessels on scene via VHF CH 13. (First District LNM 33)

NJ Irene Flood Damage Warning:
            As a result of severe flooding in the Raritan River, all private aids to navigation west of Raritan River Light 32(LLNR 36530) are unreliable. Many of these private aids to navigation may be missing or off station. Mariners are urged to use caution while transiting this area. (First District LNM 35)

Hurricane Debris Warning for Hudson River:
            Due to reports of recreational vessels adrift and excessive debris on the Hudson River, south of Troy, NY, the COTP NY is requesting all Tugs and Ships check in with Coast Guard Sector New York Command Center at (718) 354-4356 when transiting northbound and southbound on the Hudson River. In addition, vessels are requested to provide observations regarding observed river conditions and location of debris fields. All mariners planning on transiting the Hudson River should use caution and be prepared for delays due to the reported debris on the Hudson River, including numerous reported recreational vessels adrift from their moorings. Vessel operators may provide the following information when reporting conditions observed on the Hudson River: a. Vessel name, current location, and destination. b. Debris type, quantity, and location encountered. c. Type and quantity of cargo carried. (First District LNM 35)

Lake Champlain Construction Zone:
            The United States Coast Guard has established a regulated navigation area around the construction zone of the Lake Champlain Bridge between Crown Point, NY and Chimney Point, VT. This regulated area is bound by four, white and orange-striped NO WAKE buoys in positions: 44-02-00.672 N, 073-25-35.705 W and 44-02-11.396 N, 073-25.27.127 W to the north, and 44-01-56.575 N, 073-25.05.522 W and 44-01-49.909 N, 073-25-09.110 W to the south. All vessels must transit through this area at a speed under 5 knots and in a manner so as to produce no wake.
            The new bridge construction involves large machinery and operations which, by their nature, are hazardous and pose risks to vessel traffic and construction crews. The no wake zone is intended to minimize the risks a vessel wake could pose to both construction workers and boat operators in the area. In addition to the regulated navigation area, the New York State Department of Transportation has marked a navigation channel through the construction zone with lighted red and green buoys. This regulated navigation area is in effect until December 31, 2011. In addition, this rule provides for the temporary suspension of all vessel traffic within the regulated navigation area during certain periods of construction. Notification of such closure will be made on VHF Channel 16 and 22. (First District LNM 33)
            The New York Department of Transportation has established a temporary navigation channel to the west of the center of the Lake Champlain Bridge between piers 3 and 4. This navigation channel is marked by the following buoys: Green Lighted Buoy LB 1 in position 44-01.94N 073-25.46W, Red Lighted Buoy LB 2 in position 44-01.92N, 073-25.48W, Green Lighted Buoy 3 in position 44-01.91N, 073-25.37W, Red Lighted Buoy LB 4 in position 44-01.88N, 073-25.39W, and Red Lighted Buoy LB 6 in position 44-01.87N, 073-25.21W. The purpose of the temporary navigation channel is to allow vessels to transit through the bridge construction area during heavy-lift operations. Vertical clearance over the temporary navigation channel is reported to be 55 feet when the lake is 98 feet ordinary high water level. All mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting this area. (First District LNM 34)


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

Atlantic City NJICW Drawbridge to Close for Four Months:
            Mariners are advised that the Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the drawbridge operating regulations for the Route 30/Absecon Boulevard Bridge, at NJICW mile 67.2, across Beach Thorofare in Atlantic City NJ. Under this deviation, the drawbridge will be closed to vessels requiring an opening beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday, September 16, 2011 through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 13, 2012.  This closure is necessary to facilitate extensive rehabilitation and to maintain the bridge’s operational integrity. The available vertical clearance in the closed position to vessels is approximately 20 feet, above mean high water.  The navigable channel will not be obstructed so vessels that can pass under the bridge without a bridge opening may continue to do so at anytime.  The Atlantic Ocean is an alternate route for vessels with mast heights greater than 20 feet and the drawbridge will be unable to open in the event of an emergency.  At all other times, the bridge will operate in accordance with drawbridge operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.733(e).  Mariners able to pass under the closed span may do so, adjust their transit accordingly and use caution when transiting the area. (5th  District Bridge Branch)

Patuxent River Restrictions for Air Show:
            Mariners are advised that the NAS Patuxent River Air Expo '11 is scheduled to occur on Saturday, September 3, 2011 and Sunday, September 4, 2011. The public event will consist of military and civilian aircraft performing low-flying, high-speed precision maneuvers and aerial stunts over both the airfield at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River and waters of the Patuxent River. Federal aviation restrictions require that portions of the aerobatic performances take place over specified waters of the Patuxent River. In addition to the air show dates during September 3-4, 2011, air show performers will conduct practice and demonstration maneuvers and stunts over both the airfield and Patuxent River during September 1-2, 2011. The U. S. Coast Guard has established a temporary safety zone during these activities. The following locations are regulated areas: (1) All waters of the lower Patuxent River, near Patuxent River, MD, located between Fishing Point and the base of the break wall marking the entrance to the East Patuxent Basin at NAS Patuxent River, within an area bounded by a line connecting position latitude 38 - 17 -39N, longitude 076 - 25 - 47W; thence to latitude 38 - 17 - 47N, longitude 076 - 26 - 00W; thence to latitude 38 - 18 - 09N, longitude 076 - 25 - 40W; thence to latitude 38 - 18- 00N, longitude 076 - 25 - 25W, located along the shoreline at U.S. NAS Patuxent River, MD; and (2) All waters of the lower Patuxent River, near Patuxent River, MD, located north of the West Patuxent Basin at NAS Patuxent River, within an area bounded by a line drawn from a position at latitude 38 -18 - 04N, longitude 076 - 27 - 35W; to latitude 38 - 18 - 09N, longitude 076 - 27 - 33W; thence to latitude 38 - 17 - 51N, longitude 076 - 26 - 22W; thence to latitude 38 - 17 - 46N, longitude 076 - 26 - 23W; thence to point of origin, located adjacent to the shoreline at U.S. NAS Patuxent River, MD. All coordinates reference Datum NAD 1983. These regulated areas will be enforced as follows: (1) During the air show practice from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on September 1, 2011; (2) Air show practice and modified show from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on September 2, 2011; (3) Twilight performance from 4:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on September 2, 2011; and (4) Air show performances from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. on September 3, 2011 and from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. on September 4, 2011. Entry into or remaining in this zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Baltimore. All vessels underway within this safety zone at the time it is implemented are to depart the zone. Persons desiring to transit the area of the safety 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.
            Coast Guard vessels enforcing the zone can be contacted on Marine Band Radio, VHF-FM channel 16. Upon being hailed by a U.S. Coast Guard vessel, or other Federal, State, or local agency vessel, by siren, radio, flashing lights, 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 or his designated representative and proceed at the minimum speed necessary to maintain a safe course while within the zone. The U.S. Coast Guard may be assisted in the patrol and enforcement of the zone by Federal, State, and local agencies. For any comments or questions, contact Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, Waterways Management Division, at (410) 576-2674/269 Ronald.L.Houck@uscg.mil. (5th District LNM 33)

VIP Aids Change:
            On or about 30 November, 2011 the following aids to navigation changes will take place in the Virginia Inside Passage:
A. VIP Light 117 (LLNR 5980) will be changed to Daybeacon 117.
B. VIP Light 125 (LLNR 6010) will be changed to Daybaecon 125.
C. VIP Light 147 (LLNR 6090) will be changed to Daybeacon 147.
D. Oyster Creek Channel Junction Light OC (6445/7000) will be changed to Lighted Buoy OC and relocated to approximate position 37-17-45N, 075-54-18W.
E. Oyster Creek Channel Warning Daybeacon A (LLNR 6447/7002) will be established in approximate position 37 – 17 – 45.108N, 075-54-18.078W, NW boards worded DANGER.
F. VIP Light 239 (LLNR 6470) will be changed to Daybeacon 239.
G. VIP Light 249 (LLNR 6520) will be changed to Daybeacon 249.
H. VIP Light 255 (LLNR 6540) will be changed to Daybeacon 255). (5th District LNM 34)

Dredging at Norfolk Naval Station:
            The dredge PULLEN will be dredging between Norfolk Naval Station Piers 8 and 11 from 20 August until 15 October, 2011. A submerged pipeline will run from Pier 11 across the channel to the Craney Island Disposal Area. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. (5th District LNM 34)

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

Exposed Concrete with Rebar Reported in GA AICW Channel:
            The Coast Guard received a report of a large piece of concrete with rebar partially exposed about mid tide on the Altamaha River between Altamaha Sound Daybeacons 204 and 206. Mariners are advised to avoid this area. (7th District LNM 33)

Navy Testing:
            The U.S. Navy is conducting RELIANT testing to include: surface operations, submarine and unmanned underwater vehicles operations from September 1, through September 20, 2011. There will be (19) items deployed with an attached recovery line and an orange poly-ball buoy on each. Control of testing operations will be conducted using R/V Lilley Bordelon. U.S. Navy vessels and U.S. Navy contract vessels will be providing surface support. Vessels are to maintain a 2 nautical mile CPA of all RELIANT vessels while operations are in progress. All testing will take place in a one mile square box "Area A". The center of Area A is; 30d 36m 36.0s N 080d 53m 40.2s W. All vessels are advised to maintain a 3 nautical mile CPA from the center of Area A. All U.S. Navy vessels will monitor VHF channel 16. (7th district LNM 35)

Delta II Launch Hazard Area:
            The Eastern Range will be conducting hazardous operations surface to unlimited within the following areas:
A: FROM 2829N 8033W
TO 2830N 8025W
TO 2826N 8003W
TO 2821N 8006W
TO 2824N 8029W
TO 2826N 8035W
B: FROM 2838N 8026W
TO 2838N 7955W
TO 2814N 7955W
TO 2815N 8026W
C: FROM 2815N 7326W
TO 2802N 7134W
TO 2626N 7156W
TO 2649N 7345W
D: FROM 2332N 4842W
TO 1853N 3500W
TO 1309N 3741W
TO 1846N 5145W
Hazard periods for primary launch day and backup launch day:
Primary launch day: 08 /1237Z THRU 08/1404Z Sep 11. T-0 IS 1237Z.
1st Backup launch day: 09 /1233Z THRU 09/1400Z Sep 11. T-0 IS 1233Z. (7th District LNM 35)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
On August 31, 2011 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 10.64 feet and the navigational depths were 4.58 feet for Route 1 and 2.78 feet for Route 2 (Rim Route). 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

Fort Lauderdale Area Navy Ops:
            The United States Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) will be conducting operations offshore Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The NASA vessel M/V Liberty Star will be conducting cable laying operations, deploying and recovering work class ROV’s, deploying and recovering tether cables in the water immediately southeast of Port Everglades inlet. Divers will be assisting in the cable laying operations in shallow water. The operations are scheduled within a period beginning on 0700 hrs 31 Aug to 1400 hrs on 8 Sept 2011. The vessel will be working between 30 feet of water and 300 feet of water approximately ½ NM to 2 NM off shore, and from the Port Everglades inlet to 1.5 miles south of the Port Everglades inlet. The NASA Vessel will have restricted maneuverability. Vessels should approach area with caution as divers will be in the water. All vessels are advised to stay clear of the NASA Vessel and the Industrial Divers Corp (IDC) dive barge. For further information please contact Range Operations Mr. Anthony Bush at (954) 926-4032.
            The United States Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) will be conducting operations offshore Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A Naval asset will be conducting surface and submerged maneuvers in the water immediately southeast of Port Everglades inlet. The operations are scheduled within a period beginning on 0000 hrs 9 September to 1200 hrs on 14 September 2011. The vessel will be working between 60 feet of water and 600 feet of water approximately ¾ NM to 3 NM off shore, and from ½ NM south of Port Everglades inlet to 2.5 miles south of Port Everglades inlet. The naval asset will have restricted maneuverability. All vessels are asked to stay well clear of the naval vessel. Broward Sheriff’s Office and Tow Boat US small craft will provide escort for the naval ship while operating on
the surface. Ships entering PEV are requested to enter from the northeast thereby avoiding the waters south of the channel. To allow for safe vessel operations all vessel traffic transiting the area is advised to stay 5 NM east of PEV. For further information please contact Range Operations Mr. Anthony Bush at (954) 926-4032. (7th District LNM 34)

Buoy in Port Everglades Inlet Entrance Channel:
            There is a small temporary orange buoy in the vicinity of the Port Everglades Entrance Channel near the South Jetty in position 26-05-34.9N 080-06-27.5W (7th District LNM 34)

Canal Dredging in Naples Bay:
            Energy Resources, Inc has commenced dredging operations of approximately 30 canals in Naples Bay starting on the east side of Gordon River and extending south to Haldeman Creek. The project involves both silt removal by hydraulic dredging and rock removal by mechanical means. The dredge pipe will be submerged on the east shoreline and then cross the Gordon River to the west bank. The estimated completion date is August 2012. Mariners transiting these areas are advised to use caution and can contact Mr. Paul Reinhardt at (636) 484-4206 for further details. (7th District LNM 33)

Florida Hazards:
            West Coast: 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 35/2011:
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.
            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.
            Lake Avenue (Robert Harris) Bridge: Bridge work will start on the Lake Avenue (Robert Harris) Bridge on July 5, 2011. Due to painting operations, the Lake Avenue (Robert Harris) Bridge, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1028.8, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida the operating schedule will be changed starting July 5, 2011, as follows:
            The Lake Avenue (Robert Harris) will be allowed to remain closed to navigation from:
7:05 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. daily, seven days a week through December, 2011.
9:05 p.m. to 5:55 a.m. nightly for a period of 30 days. The start date for this portion of the operation has not been scheduled; but will be published in a future Local Notice to Mariners.
            At all other times the bridge will open on the hour at the top of the hour.
            Due to scaffolding, the vertical clearance will be reduced by three feet from July 5, 2011 through December, 2011.
            Hillsboro Boulevard Bridge: Due to painting operations, the Hillsboro Boulevard Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1050.0, Deerfield Beach, Broward County, Florida will be placed on single-leaf operations with a four hour notice for a double-leaf operation. The contractor has indicated that they will need to place scaffolding on the bridge which will reduce the vertical clearance. It is anticipated that this work will start on October 1, 2011 and will continue until January 3, 2012.
            Commercial Boulevard Bridge: Due to painting operations, the Commercial Boulevard Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1059.0, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida will be placed on single-leaf operations with a two hour notice for a double-leaf operation. The contractor has indicated that they will need to place scaffolding on the bridge which will reduce the vertical clearance. It is anticipated that this work will start on September 7, 2011 and will continue until November 23, 2011.
            East Sunrise Boulevard Bridge (NOT on the AICW): The Coast Guard has issued a public notice announcing a permit application from the Florida Department of Transportation, District 4, for the approval of location and plans to replace the existing fixed highway bridge on State Road 838 (East Sunrise Boulevard) across the Middle River in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida (26 08’16.02”N and 80 07’05.24”W). The public notice 10-11 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.
            New River Bridges, Fort Lauderdale: The Marshall Memorial (SW 7th Avenue), the S.E. 3rd Avenue and the Andrews Avenue Bridges, across the New River, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida will be allowed to remain closed to vessel traffic from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 09, 2011 to facilitate the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walking event. Vessels that may pass under the bridge without an opening may do so at any time.
            New River Canal: Dragadoes-USA will be closing the New River Canal, Plantation, Florida for two hours at a time, Monday through Friday. At the end of the two hour closure the contractor will be opening the waterway for a 10 to 15 minute time frame to allow accumulated vessels to pass. To ensure the safety of all concerned the contractor will have a vessel in the area and will be advising the mariners via VFH-FM radio and loud hailer that the waterway is closed due to safety concerns during the erection of portions of the bridge structure over the waterway. The contractor will provide a detailed schedule in the near future for this operation. The waterway will remain open on the weekends to accommodate the heavier vessel traffic during these times. Mariners are cautioned to remain vigilant through this area.
            West 79th Street Bridge (AICW Mil 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, 2011.
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.