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BRIDGE NOTICES:

Now and henceforth, we attempt to include here only notices regarding serious bridge operating schedules. We will discontinue listing temporary changes that draw attention to semi-serious delays such as (most) painting projects, marathons, charity runs, single-leaf operations, etc.

An exception to the above may be made because of seasonal traffic and items previously included may be kept w/updates.

REPEATING IN JANUARY 2012: ST JOHNS RIVER – FEC RAILROAD BRIDGE: Bridge Closure.
The owner of the FEC Railroad Bridge across the St Johns River mile 24.9, Jacksonville, Florida has requested permission to close this bridge to navigation from 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily Friday through Tuesday starting January 13, 2012 until March 24, 2012. The Coast Guard recognizes that this will place a burden on vessels transiting through this area during these dates and times. After review of this request with the bridge owner it has been determined that this work cannot be safely completed during nighttime operations nor would it be beneficial to reduce the amount of time allocated for this requested closure, doing so, would have the potential of extending this project an additional 4 to 6 months.

Upon receipt of the above information (late November) we started checking on the closed clearance of this bridge. The FCD mentions it editorially as "low," but as we scrambled (unsuccessfully) to get the absolute clearance, late on the afternoon of November 30th, we sent an e-mail to Captain Jim Suber, the City of Jacksonville's Waterways Coordinator/Dockmaster, asking if he could help. His response came back 11 minutes later: "6ft." Our thanks again to Captain Suber. Seems it's going to be a tough couple of months for anyone needing over 6' clearance there ...

(All following information from USCG is repetition ...)

REPEATING IN JANUARY 2012: ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY - WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI - JUPITER (Indiantown Road Bridge, SR 706)
Due to painting, the SR 706 Indiantown Road Bridge, mile 1006.2 will have another operation re: 9:05PM to 5:55 AM nightly for a period of 30 days. Start date will be published in a future local notice to mariners

REPEATING IN JANUARY 2012: OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY (SOUTH FORK) ST. LUCIE CANAL - INDIAN STREET BRIDGE. Bridge Construction.
Construction on Indian Street Bridge across the south fork of the St. Lucie Canal has started on a portion of the bridge that crosses the St. Lucie Lagoon. This portion of the work is expected to continue through April 2012.

In October, 2011, the contractor began placing a temporary trestle in the vicinity of the (South Fork) St. Lucie Canal. This is not expected to impact the main navigational channel. There will also be a crane barge in the area that may restrict a small portion of the channel. The contractor will be placing beams on a barge which will be used for the main portions of the new bridge. During the time that the beams are on the barge and the crane places the new beam onto the bridge, the channel will be closed to navigation for safety reasons. The exact schedule for this operation will be published in future Local Notice to Mariners.

GULF INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY - SAN CARLOS BAY - MATLACHA PASS BRIDGE
REPEATING IN JANUARY 2012: MATLACHA PASS BRIDGE construction continues as reported in the current FCD (Chart 18) and recent updates. The schedule is posted on the Lee County web site where there are continual updates. The posted information has been approved by the Coast Guard Bridge Branch. Due to major construction activity at this bridge site mariners are reminded to be extremely careful when transiting through this area. The contractor may not be in the channel at all times during this restrictive period. Contact the bridge tender for passing information. Closures are being scheduled for November/December. The dates of those closures will be published in future LNMs.

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