The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District is alerting boaters of a route closure that will impact
travel along the southern part of Lake Okeechobee.
The Corps learned today that crews from Palm Beach County will conduct emergency maintenance on the
Torrey Island Bridge which crosses Okeechobee Waterway Route 2 near Belle Glade. While the repairs are
underway, crews will suspend operations of the swinging bridge, effectively closing the route to most vessels.
Officials estimate impacts from the work will continue through the rest of March.
“During this period of emergency maintenance only small vessels, like bass boats, will be able to pass through
this area using Route 2 or the Rim Canal,” said Carl Williams, Deputy Chief of the Jacksonville District’s South
Florida Operations Office in Clewiston. “The bridge deck isn’t high enough to allow larger vessels to pass when it’s not operating. Okeechobee Waterway Route 1, which goes across the heart of the lake, remains open and isn’t
impacted by this activity.”
The Okeechobee Waterway is 154 miles long and allows boaters to travel from the Gulf of Mexico at Fort
Myers to the Atlantic Ocean at Stuart using the Caloosahatchee River, Lake Okeechobee, the St. Lucie Canal and the
St. Lucie River. The Corps operates five lock and dam structures on the waterway daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with
last lockage starting at 4:30 p.m.
A notice to navigation has been issued on this subject. For more information on navigation notices concerning
the Okeechobee Waterway, please visit the Corps’ website at http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation/Notices-to-Navigation/.
Date: 03/07/2017 NOTICE NUMBER: 003
US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS LOCAL NUMBER: 201703017
JACKSONVILLE DISTRICT WATERWAY: OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY ROUTE 2
ATTN: CESAJ-OD-SN EFFECTIVE: 03/07/2017 00:00 thru 03/31/2017 24:00 EST
PO Box 4970
JACKSONVILLE, FL 32232-0019
OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY (OWW)
TORREY ISLAND BRIDGE CLOSURE
a. 33 CFR Navigation and Navigable Waters
1. Notice to Navigation
Notice is given that Palm Beach County, Florida has closed the Torrey Island Bridge crossing the Okeechobee
Waterway Route 2 at Chosen Point near Belle Glade for emergency maintenance until 31 March 2017. The Torrey
Island Bridge when closed has water to bridge deck clearance for only low profile vessels like bass boats.
Okeechobee Waterway Route 1 is clear and open to all vessel traffic.
POC: Palm Beach County construction Div. Stephen O-Neal 561-684-4180
Torrey Island Bridge Operator 561-996-3844
Chief Navigation &
Flood Risk Management
South Florida Operations