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News from USCG

If you are interested in getting updated information of the ICW and other waterways straight “from the horse’s mouth,” US Coast Guard Local Notices to Mariners are available weekly via e-mail.

  • For District 7 (Most of the state) Notices click HERE.
  • For District 8 (Panhandle west of Apalachicola) Notices click HERE.

BRIDGE NOTICES:

Now and henceforth, we attempt to include here only notices regarding serious bridge operating schedules. We have discontinued 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.

These notices provided by USCG via Capt. John Yeager - April, 2012.
REPEATING SOME IN JUNE as the projects go on and on and on ...

REPEATING IN JUNE:
ATLANTIC ICW – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – WEST PALM BEACH – LAKE AVENUE/ROBERT HARRIS BRIDGE:
Special Bridge Regulations.

District Seven Bridge Branch office has been contacted by a Florida State Representative and the City of West Palm Beach with regard to vehicle traffic congestion concerns created by the removal of the East Ocean Avenue Bridge. Vehicle traffic has been detoured to the Lake Avenue/Robert Harris SR 802 Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1028.8, West Palm Beach, Florida; for this reason they have requested that this bridge be placed on a twice an hour schedule. This office has evaluated the situation and determined that starting on May 1, 2012 the draw of the Lake Avenue/Robert Harris (SR 802) will open on the quarter-hour and three-quarter-hour, 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week. Public vessels of the United States and tugs with tows must be passed at anytime. This temporary schedule is expected to continue until April, 2013.

Ref: LNM 16-12 Chart: 11467

REPEATING IN JUNE:
MIAMI RIVER – FLAGLER STREET BRIDGE: Bridge Repairs/Updated April 2, 2012.

M&J Construction has advised this office that they will be working on the Flagler Street Bridge across the Miami River mile 1.0, Miami-Dade County, Florida from January 28 through August 2012. This work consists of painting and fender system replacement. The painting containment system has reduced the vertical clearance of the bridge by three feet. The Flagler Street Bridge is on single-leaf operations with a four-hour notice for a double-leaf opening, tugs and tugs with tows are exempt from this schedule and may pass at any time. Contact The Flagler Street Bridge, bridge tender via VHF-FM channel 9 or 305-737-9210 for single-leaf and double-leaf opening through August 2012.

SCHEDULE CHANGE:

M & J Constructions will be placing the Flagler Street Bridge across the Miami River on a specific single-leaf schedule from 7:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. starting on April 16, 2012, openings will be at 7:15 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. The four-hour notice for a double-leaf opening still applies except that the double-leaf openings would be during one of these segments during the day.

From 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. the bridge would remain on single-leaf operations with a four-hour notice for a double-leaf opening and tugs and tugs with tows would remain exempt from these regulations.

Contact The Flagler Street Bridge, bridge tender via VHF-FM channel 9 or 305-737-9210 for single-leaf and double-leaf opening through August 2012.

Ref: LNM 02 through 15-12  Chart: 11467 CG File: 3082

REPEATING IN JUNE:
ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY –  PORT OF MIAMI RAILROAD BRIDGE: Bridge Repairs.

Due to extensive repairs to the Port of Miami Railroad Bridge 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. (Bridge closings occurred in March.) 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.

Additional closure dates were scheduled for April.

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.

MORE on the PORT of MIAMI RR BRIDGE CLOSURE.  Note that the bridge will be open, facilitating ICW passage, when there are two or more Cruise ships in port, thus closing the ship channel to detouring small craft.

These notices provided by USCG via Capt. John Yeager - May, 2012.

NEW in JUNE
ST JOHNS RIVER – SR 40/ASTOR BRIDGE: Bridge Repairs.

The Astor (SR 40) Bridge across the St Johns River mile 126.0, Astor, Volusia and Lake Counties, Florida will be closed to navigation Monday through Friday 24 hours-a-day. An opening is available with a 24 hour notice to Todd Futhey, Seacoast, Inc. at 727-278-4897. This restriction started on May 7, 2012 and will continue until through June 2012.

Ref: LNM 12 through 18-12 Chart: 11495

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