As stated below, this marina construction is a half mile north of the Great Bridge Locks and because of men working on floating barges, a NO WAKE passage is required.
VA – CHESAPEAKE BAY – SOUTHERN BRANCH ELIZABETH RIVER – MARINA CONSTRUCTION
Hodges and Hodges Enterprises will be mobilizing on November 30, 2015 to build a small community six slip marina with pavilion on the Elizabeth River a half mile north of the Great Bridge Locks. On site there will be a 35’x120′ barge with a 50 ton crane on board and a 60′ tug JESSE LEE. Work hours will be from 7:00 am – 3:30 pm, Monday – Friday until January 15, 2016. Mariners are requested to transit the construction area a bare steerageway due to men on work floats constructing the pier. Chart 12253 LNM 47/15
With a closed vertical clearance of 8.5ft, the Great Bridge, VA, bascule bridge crosses the Waterway just south of the Great Bridge Lock.
VA – NORFOLK HARBOR AND ELIZABETH RIVER – BRIDGE CLOSURE
Mariners are advised that the City of Chesapeake, Virginia will hold the annual Chesapeake Christmas Parade on December 5, 2015. The S168 Bridge (Battlefield Boulevard) over the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, mile 12.0, at Chesapeake (Great
Bridge), Virginia will remain in the closed-to-navigation position from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on December 5, 2015. The bridge will be able to open for emergencies during the closure period and the vertical clearance of the bridge in the closed position is 8 feet above mean high water. Vessels able to pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at anytime. Mariners should use caution when transiting the area. Chart 12253 LNM 46/15
While this dredging should not interfere with traffic flow, it is an area with large vessel congestion and extra care should be exercised. With a vertical clearance of 145ft, the Jordan Highway Bridge crosses the AICW at Statute Mile 2.8, near the community of Chesapeake, VA.
VA – CHESAPEAKE BAY – ELIZABETH RIVER – DREDGING
Sevenson Enviromental Services is currently conducting dredging operations in the Southern Branch of Elizabeth River, at mile marker 2.8 in the vicinity of the Jordan Bridge in Portsmouth, VA. Operations will take place Monday through Saturday 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. The dredge will occupy up to 50 percent of the width of the federal channel. Vessels requiring the full width of the channel should contact the dredge at least 2 hours ahead of time to arrange passage. The dredge monitors VHF Channels, 8, 13, 16. Operations are expected to be completed by 30 November, 2015. Mariners are requested to stay clear of the onscene equipment and maintain bare steerageway while transiting the area of operations. Chart 12206 LNM 44/15
Lamberts Point is on the eastern shore of the main shipping channel into Norfolk Harbor above Mile Zero.
VA – CHESAPEAKE BAY – ELIZABETH RIVER – LAMBERTS POINT
On or about June 16, 2015 Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) will establish a warning daybeacon to mark their newly established reef. Elizabeth River: Lamberts Point Warning Daybeacon 36 53 08.7N—76 19 12.8W NW on pile.
Chart 12245 LNM: 23/15
The former Jordan Highway lift bridge has been replaced with a fixed, 145ft vertical clearance span.
VA – CHESAPEAKE BAY – ELIZABETH RIVER – SOUTHERN BRANCH – DREDGING
Sevenson Environmental Services will be conducting dredging operations in the southern branch of the Elizabeth River, just south of the Jordan Bridge in Portsmouth, VA. Operations will take place 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, beginning 03 June, 2015 until on or about 31 December, 2015. Tugboats onscene will monitor VHF Channels 13 & 16.
Chart 12253 LNM: 21/15
Spring Migrants: Hopefully icy waters will have receded before you begin your northern voyage home for the summer, but be prepared for missing, damaged or off-station markers in the Waterway from North Carolina onward.
HAZARD TO NAVIGATION – HEAVY ICE CONDITIONS WITHIN THE FIFTH COAST GUARD DISTRICT WATERWAYS
Due to the recent heavy ice conditions within the Fifth Coast Guard District Waterways from New Jersey to northern North Carolina numerous aids to navigation have been damaged, dragged off-station, destroyed, or missing. Some aids may be sunk or hidden beneath ice flows and may pose an extreme hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting the waterways.
With 65ft vertical clearance, the Route 726 Highway Bridge crosses the AICW North Carolina – Virginia Cut at Statute Mile 28.6. Fender repairs do not normally affect navigation, but the in-water work with divers should require a sharp lookout and slow caution.
Fort Norfolk is on the eastern shore of the Elizabeth River approximately 1 nautical mile north of Mile Zero. Fort Norfolk is a historic fort and national historic district located at Norfolk, Virginia. It encompasses 13 contributing buildings.
VA – CHESAPEAKE BAY – ELIZABETH RIVER – DEMOLITION AND REPAIR OPERATIONS
Mariners are advised that Crofton diving corporation will be conducting demolition and repair operations on the Fort Norfolk bulkhead, located adjacent to the Corp of Engineers building, on the Elizabeth River in Norfolk, VA. Operations will occur November 17, 2014 through April 29, 2015, between 7 am and 4 pm Monday through Friday. Mariners should stay clear of the fort Norfolk bulkhead and on-scene equipment. Crofton diving corporation will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16.
We just get the Gilmerton Bridge construction completed and another project begins – lasting until 2017! Let’s keep our fingers crossed that this replacement project will have fewer navigation disruptions. Dominion Boulevard Steel Bridge crosses the Waterway north of Great Bridge Lock in Chesapeake, VA.
VA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (AIWW) – ELIZABETH RIVER (SOUTHERN BRANCH) TO THE ALBERMARLE AND CHESAPEAKE CANAL
Mariners are advised that construction work, by McLean Contracting Company, will commence in February 2013 and will extend through March 2017 for the replacement of the existing Dominion Boulevard/US 17 (Lift) Bridge across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River, at AIWW mile 8.8, in Chesapeake, VA (commonly known as the Steel Bridge) and its approaches, with a new 95-foot high-level fixed bridge and new approaches on essentially the same alignment. (Latitude 36o 44’ 10” N, Longitude 76o 17’ 40” W). The operation will consist of construction of a new bridge, removal and replacement of the bridge fender system, demolition of the existing bridge and construction of a second new bridge, along with in-water work involving pile driving, concrete pier construction and girder erection. Tugboats will be used and will monitor VHF Channel 13 in the event that mariners need to contact the contractor. Mariners should check for future notices on this replacement bridge project and use extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart 12253
Update LNM: 31/14, August 5, 2014
Due to major construction, the Gilmerton Highway Bridge has been under opening restrictions for over three years. After many, many Local Notices and updates, the bridge has now returned to a normal operating schedule (see below). The Gilmerton Highway Lift Bridge, with a closed vertical clearance of 35ft, crosses the Waterway just south of Norfolk at statute mile 5.8.
VA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (AICW) – ELIZABETH RIVER (SOUTHERN BRANCH) TO THE ALBEMARLE AND CHESAPEAKE CANAL
Mariners are advised that the operating regulations set out at Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.997(c) have been reinstated at the new Gilmerton/US13/460 (vertical-lift) Bridge, at AICW mile 5.8, across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake VA. Since 2010, the drawbridge had been operating on a temporary schedule to facilitate construction of the new vertical-lift span. New signs summarizing the requirements have been posted both upstream and downstream of the drawbridge. A copy of Public Notice 5-1323, which describes the operating regulations in detail can be obtained by writing to the above address, by calling (757) 398-6222 or by viewing the web link http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pagename=pnBridges at Public Notices for Bridges. Chart 12253 LNM 12/27/2013
REINSTATED OPERATING REGULATIONS EFFECTIVE 21 DECEMBER 2013
RUSH HOUR RESTRICTIONS MON TO FRI, EXCEPTFEDERAL HOLIDAYS
From 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Need not open. Commercial vessels must provide a two-hour advance notice for an on-demand opening.*
MON TO FRI, EXCEPT FEDERAL HOLIDAYS
From 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Opens on demand for all vessels. Commercial vessels must provide a two-hour advance
notice for an on-demand opening.*
SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS AND FEDERAL HOLIDAYS
Opens on demand for all vessels.
BRIDGE WILL OPEN ON DEMAND ANYTIME FOR VESSELS CARRYING HAZARDOUS LIQUEFIED FLAMMABLE GAS OR OTHER HAZARDOUS MATERIALS; AND OPEN ON DEMAND AT ALL OTHER TIMES.
1 IF ANY VESSEL IS APPROACHING THE BRIDGE AND CANNOT REACH THE DRAW EXACTLY ON THE HALF HOUR, THE DRAW TENDER MAY DELAY THE OPENING UP TO 10 MINUTES PAST THE HALF HOUR FOR PASSAGE OF THE APPROACHING VESSEL AND ANY OTHER VESSELS THAT ARE WAITING TO PASS
2 IF THE NORFOLK & SOUTHERN RAILROAD BRIDGE #7, AT MILE 5.8 IS NOT OPENED DURING A PARTICULAR SCHEDULED OPENING FOR THE GILMERTON BRIDGE AND VESSELS WERE DELAYED, THE DRAW TENDER AT THE GILMERTON BRIDGE MAY PROVIDE A SINGLE OPENING FOR WAITING VESSELS, ONCE THE NORFOLK & SOUTHERN RAILROAD BRIDGE #7 REOPENS FOR VESSELS.
The Gilmerton Highway Lift Bridge, with a closed vertical clearance of 35ft, crosses the Waterway just south of Norfolk at statute mile 5.8. The Centerville Turnpike Bridge, with a closed vertical clearance of 4ft, crosses the Waterway at statute mile 15.2, three nautical miles south of Great Bridge Lock.
VA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (AICW) – ELIZABETH RIVER (SOUTHERN BRANCH) TO THE ALBERMARLE AND CHESAPEAKE CANAL
Mariners are advised that telephone numbers have changed at the new Gilmerton/US13/460 (vertical-lift) Bridge, at AICW mile 5.8, and the Centerville Turnpike/SR170 (swing) Bridge, at AICW mile 15.2, across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River and across the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, both in Chesapeake VA, respectively. The new telephone numbers are as follows: for the Gilmerton Bridge – (757) 485-5488; and for the Centerville Bridge – (757) 547-3631. Technical amendments will be submitted for revision to Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 117.997(c) and (i), respectively. Chart 12253
These channel obstructions will not affect most cruisers, so this Local Notice is posted to let you be aware of the continuing construction around the Gilmerton Highway Bridge, which crosses the Waterway just south of Norfolk and has been the subject of much attention since the construction and resulting number of closures and restrictions began fall of 2012. For several months now, Cruisers’ Net has had a Navigation Alert posted for these waters.
VA – NORFOLK HARBOR – ELIZABETH RIVER-SOUTHERN BRANCH – GILMERTON BRIDGE – FENDER SYSTEM DEMOLITION/INSTALLATION
Mariners are advised that the demolition/reconstruction of the Gilmerton Bridge fender system will be ongoing from 6:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. daily until 03 August, 2014. Barges with cranes will be in the navigational channel. Vessels transiting the waterway and requiring the barges to move for safe transit must provide a two hour advance notice by calling the bridge tender at (757)-485-5488 on via VHF-FM channel 13. Chart: 12253. LNM: 50/13
With a closed vertical clearance of 8.5ft, the Great Bridge Bridge crosses the Waterway just south of the Great Bridge Lock in Great Bridge, VA. Openings of this bridge are in coordination with Great Bridge Lock which is currently under very restricted openings due to repairs. Hopefully, repairs will be complete by December 7th.
VA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (AICW) – ALBEMARLE AND CHESAPEAKE CANAL
To accommodate the annual Christmas Parade event, mariners are advised that the S168 Bridge, at AICW mile 12.0, across the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal in Chesapeake (Great Bridge) VA, will be closed to vessels requiring an opening from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., on Saturday, December 7, 2013. In case of inclement weather, the alternate date and times are rescheduled to Sunday, December 8, 2013, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.997(g). In the closed position to vessels, this lift-type drawbridge provides a vertical clearance of 8.5 feet, above mean high water. Mariners requiring an opening should adjust their transits accordingly. Chart 12253
This dredging project will take place in the Dismal Swamp/AICW Alternate Route on the north side of Deep Creek Lock. Deep Creek departs westward from the Waterway immediately south of the high-rise bridge at I-64. Barge traffic in the narrow portions of Deep Creek should be your only concern.
VA – ELIZABETH RIVER – SOUTHERN BRANCH – NORFOLK TO ALBEMARLE SOUND (AICW)/DEEP CREEK – DREDGING
Norfolk Dredging will be conducting dredging operations in Deep Creek Yard (1 nm south of the I-64 bridge) from 17 April until 05 May, 2013. Dredge material will be transported by barge to the Norfolk Dredging facility at Great Bridge. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. Mariners are cautioned to stay clear of dredge, booster, floating (pontoon) and submerged pipelines, barges, derricks and operating wires associated with dredging and marine construction operations. Operators of vessels of all types should be aware that dredges and floating pipelines are held in place by cables, attached to anchors some distance away from the equipment. Buoys are attached to the anchors so that the anchors may be moved as the dredge advances and the location of the submerged pipelines are marked by buoys on each side of the channel. Mariners are cautioned to strictly comply with the Inland Rules of the Road when approaching, passing and leaving the area of operations, and remain a safe distance away from the dredge, booster, buoys, cables, pipeline, barges, derricks, wires and related equipment. Owners and lessees of fishnets, crabpots and other structures that may be in the vicinity and that may hinder the free navigation of attending vessels and equipment must be remove these from the area where tugs, tenderboats and other attendant equipment will be navigating. Dredging projects are
usually conducted twenty-four (24) hours a day seven (7) days a week, all fishnets, crabpots and structures in the general area must be removed prior to commencement of any work. A NO WAKE transit is requested of all vessels passing the dredge and if necessary to clarify a SAFE PASSAGE contact the dredge on the appropriate VHF-FM channels.
This dredging will be in the area from Lambert’s Point (Flashing Green marker #25 through Mile 0 to the Jordan Bridge.
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
VA – CHESAPEAKE BAY – ELIZABETH RIVER – NORFOLK HARBOR REACH MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THE DREDGE PULLEN WILL BE CONDUCTING DREDGE OPERATIONS ON THE ELIZABETH RIVER AND NORFOLK HARBOR CHANNEL FROM LAMBERTS POINT TO THE OLD JORDAN BRIDGE. OPERATIONS WILL OCCUR 24 HOURS A DAY FROM APRIL 15, 2011 THROUGH OCTOBER 31, 2011. MARINERS SHOULD STAY CLEAR OF THE DREDGE AND ON-SCENE EQUIPMENT. THE DREDGE WILL MONITOR VHF-FM CHANNELS 13 AND 16. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO USE CAUTION AND BARE STEERAGE WHILE TRANSITING THE AREA.
Gregory Waverly, Director of Bridge Operations
This very high bascule bridge has a closed vertical clearance of 65ft and, except for the presence of the construction barges, should not present a problem to most cruisers.
SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS//A//HRD BNM 109-11
VA – CHESAPEAKE BAY – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (AIWW) – ELIZABETH RIVER – SOUTHERN BRANCH
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THE I-64/HIGH RISE BRIDGE ACROSS THE SOUTHERN BRANCH OF THE ELIZABETH RIVER, AIWW MILE 7.1, AT CHESAPEAKE, VA, IS UNABLE TO OPEN TO VESSEL TRAFFIC DUE TO ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS. THE AVAILABLE VERTICAL CLEARANCE IN THE CLOSED POSITION TO VESSELS IS APPROX 65 FEET ABOVE MEAN HIGH WATER. MARINERS SHOULD ADJUST THEIR TRANSITS ACCORDINGLY. Chart 12253
Gregory Waverly, Bridge Administrator
This former lift bridge just south of Norfolk will be remembered fondly (??) by southbound cruisers as one of the series of bridges necessary to transit at the beginning of the ICW.
LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS: WEEK 07/11
Removal activity continues at the site of the former Carl B. Jordan Bridge and fender system, at AIWW mile 2.8, along the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River, in Chesapeake, VA. To facilitate removal, the horizontal clearance between Elizabeth River Southern Branch Lighted Buoy 2A (LLNR 9957/36807) and Elizabeth River Southern Branch Lighted Buoy 3A (LLNR 9963/36813) has been increased to approximately 210 feet for the Federal Navigation Project area at the former bridge location. Mariners should use exercise extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart: 12253.
Salt Ponds lies on the western shore of the lower Chesapeake and is the southern-most protected water on the western shore outside Hampton Roads. The entrance is a narrow, perpendicular-to-the shore channel and appears quite daunting on first approach, but once inside the waters are very protected from all directions.
Dredging started today January 16, 2011 on the channel for The Salt Ponds and Long Creek in Hampton, VA. The channel is now passable at all tides for vessels with 5′6″ draft or less. Yet when the dredging is completed by mid February the controlling depth will be 8′ at MLW.
LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS:
The dredge JENNI LEA will be conducting dredging operations in Salt Ponds Channel from 12 January until 12 February, 2011. The dredge and assisting vessels DANNY JOE and MISS LEANNE will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13, 16 and 78. A floating and submerged pipeline will traverse the channel and deposit dredge material on the south side of the inlet. Mariners are cautioned to stay clear of dredge, booster, floating (pontoon) and submerged pipelines, barges, derricks and operating wires associated with dredging and marine construction operations. Operators of vessels of all types should be aware that dredges and floating pipelines are held in place by cables, attached to anchors some distance away from the equipment. Buoys are attached to the anchors so that the anchors may be moved as the dredge advances and the location of the submerged pipelines are marked by buoys on each side of the channel. Mariners are cautioned to strictly comply with the Inland Rules of the Road when approaching, passing and leaving the area of operations, and remain a safe distance away from the dredge, booster, buoys, cables, pipeline, barges, derricks, wires and related equipment. Owners and lessees of fishnets, crabpots and other structures that may be in the vicinity and that may hinder the free navigation of attending vessels and equipment must be remove these from the area where tugs, tenderboats and other attendant equipment will be navigating. Dredging projects are usually conducted twenty-four (24) hours a day seven (7) days a week, all fishnets, crabpots and structures in the general area must be removed prior to commencement of any work. A NO WAKE transit is requested by all transiting vessels. Chart : 12222.