Dismal Swamp Welcome Center – Click for Chartview
On Monday, March 10, 2014, The Hydraulic Corporation informed park staff
that between Tuesday and Wednesday they will come out and remove the
hydraulic frame, take it back to their corporation, rebuild the
hydraulic plate. Return on Thursday or Friday, reinstall the rebuilt
hydraulic plate, run a test on the installed equipment and the canal
should be open no later than Friday afternoon.
Both jobs to remove the old hydraulic frame and to reinstall the new one
will take a day each.
Sarah B. Hayward
March 5, 2014
The Dismal Swamp State Park Bridge is still inoperable. The hydraulic company came out again today to assess all the damage and informed staff that due to the condition of the hydraulic and the part that is needed to repair it (ordering/rebuilding the hydraulic) that it will be next Monday or Tuesday before our bridge is repaired. Therefore, unfortunately, the bridge will be prohibiting navigation on the canal until Monday or Tuesday.
As soon as the bridge is repaired, I will contact everyone via email that the bridge is fixed.
Again, we sincerely apologize for all of the inconvenience.
Sarah B. Hayward
Dismal Swamp State Park
2294 US Hwy. 17 N.
South Mills NC 27976
Office: 252 771 6593
Fax: 252 771 9944
VA & NC – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (AICW) – ALBEMARLE SOUND TO SUNSET BEACH – ALTERNATE ROUTE AICW – GREAT DISMAL SWAMP CANAL
Mariners are advised that the Great Dismal Swamp Canal Bridge, at Alternate Route AICW mile 28.0, in South Mills NC, is closed to all vessels requiring an opening until further notice due to emergency hydraulic repairs. There is zero vertical clearance in the closed-to-navigation position. The alternate route for vessels transiting is the AICW, Albemarle Sound to Sunset Beach. Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly. Chart 12206 LNM 08/14
Funny how these new bridges malfunction. We are all aware of the Barefoot Landing Fiasco (they would sure like to make it a scheduled bridge). Watch for the next trick – the bridge at the Welcome Center goes on a schedule. The ACOE just keeps falling for it again and again; Little River, Socastee, Barefoot and now…
The Welcome Center is a wonderful feature of the ICW and the Dismal Swamp experience. What a shame it has been tarnished by the allowing of that bridge. When I first inspected it I knew it was a piece of junk and was going to cause trouble. Wonder why it didn’t break in the open position (or get put that way by the ACOE)…duh.
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