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BRIDGE NOTICES:

Henceforth, we will 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.

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 DECEMBER: 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 DECEMBER: 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 operation this will be published in future Local Notice to Mariners.

REPEATING IN DECEMBER:AIW - WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI - WEST PALM BEACH - LAKE AVENUE (ROBERT HARRIS) BRIDGE. Bridge Painting. Bridge work began in July. Due to painting, this bridge's operating schedule has changed as follows: 7:05 AM to 10:55AM daily, seven days a week through December and 9:05 PM to 5:55AM nightly for a period of 30 days. Start date fort this portion of the operation has not been scheduled but will be published in a future LNM. 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 through December.

GULF INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY - SAN CARLOS BAY - MATLACHA PASS BRIDGE

REPEATING IN DECEMBER: 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 - http:www.matlachabridge.info 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.

REPEATING IN DECEMBER: AIW WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – HILLSBORO BOULEVARD BRIDGE: Bridge Painting.

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. Work started on October 1, 2011 and will continue until January 3, 2012.

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