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BRIDGE NOTICES:

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 over the past few months by USCG / via Capt. John Yeager.
 

As of our late August deadline, there are no new projects reported. We will, however, repeat the following for your convenience:

REPEATING IN September:
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 September:
ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – 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.

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.

Dredging Operations

ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY-TOLOMATO RIVER-PALM SHORES-ST JOHNS RIVER TO MATANZAS RIVER ST AUGUSTINE:

Augustine, St. Johns County, Florida on August 24, 2012. The dredge WILKO and workboats: Miss Leanne and Proud Mary will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 & 16 working channel 78. Operations will be 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The approximate completion date is November 1, 2012. Land POC’s Mr. David Lynn (Foreman) Cell: 812-455-1770 and Mr. Richard Lassen (CQC Manager) Cell: 812-480-1740.

There will be submerged and floating pipeline associated with dredging operation; use extreme caution in the area. Mariners are urged to transit at the slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. Pipeline and vessels will be visibly lighted and marked according to Coast Guard regulations. Submerged pipeline will be positioned in the vicinity of St. Augustine Inlet traversing southerly along Salt Run to the designated beach fill placement site immediately adjacent to Anastasia State Park. Further information contact Mr. Stewart, Operations Director 812-867-7220.

Chart 11485   LNM: 33/12  FCD Sketch Chart One

WEST COAST-ESTERO ISLAND-MATANZAS PASS:

Florida Marine Construction has commenced dredging operations August 2012. The waters of Matanzas Pass Channel in proximity to Snook Bight Marina will be partially obstructed due to construction activities.

Type of Operation: Channel and marina basin dredging, location of operation: 2626’18”N 8155’08”W, vessels involved: Barge with long reach excavator; Push boat; Spud barge.

VHF-FM radio frequencies monitored: Channel 16, Snook Bight Marine.
Recreational and commercial boaters are asked to use precaution when navigating through this section of the waterway inland of Estero Island between Big Carlos Pass and Matanzas Pass.

Signs, lighting, and navigational markers will be installed to instruct mariners to use caution and be responsible for their boat wakes. The project will be 5-6 days a week during daylight hours only. The approximate end date is end September – first of October 2012. Further information contact Mr. Charlie Garcia at Florida Marine Construction 239-850-6707 alternate contact Mr.  Larry Sincoskie, Harbormaster – Snook Bight Marina 239-765-437.

Chart 11427  LNM: 32/12   FCD Sketch Chart Sixteen

ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY-OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY-PORT MAYACA:

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

Chart 11428   LNM: 32/12   FCD Sketch Chart Seventeen

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