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  • Inspections on I-64 High Rise Bridge, September 15-19, AICW Statute Mile 7.1

    I-64 High Rise Bascule Bridge with a CLOSED vertical clearance of 65ft crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 7.1, immediately north of the entrance to the Alternate AICW Dismal Swamp Canal Route.

    VA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (AICW), SOUTHERN BRANCH OF THE ELIZABETH RIVER TO THE ALBERMARLE AND CHESAPEAKE CANAL
    Mariners are advised that VDOT will be performing maintenance inspections on the I-64 (High Rise) Bascule Bridge, at AICW mile 7.1, across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River, at Chesapeake VA. The inspection will be conducted during daylight hours from September 15, 2014 through September 19, 2014. The work will utilize a bucket boat in the water near the navigable channel. The inspection should not disrupt navigation traffic and will relocate from the navigational channel upon request for vessel passage. The bucket boat can be contacted on VHF channel 16 or through the bridge tender. The bridge will continue to operate in accordance with the regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.997(e). Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. Chart 12253 LNM:33/14

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  • Another Update on Gilmerton Bridge Restrictions, AICW Statute Mile 5.8

    Due to major construction, the Gilmerton Highway Bridge, with a closed vertical clearance of 35ft, which crosses the Waterway just south of Norfolk at statute mile 5.8, has been under opening restrictions for over three years. After many, many Local Notices and updates, the bridge has returned to an almost normal operating schedule with updated exceptions listed in an earlier posting: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=139962. Our thanks to Matt, the Bridge Tender, for sending us this new notice.

    SECTOR HAMPTON ROADS
    MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________
    BULLETIN NO: 14/013 TEL: (757) 638-6637, FAX (757) 483-8641
    DATE: August 11, 2014
    Channel Restriction at the Gilmerton Bridge Update
    Elizabeth River Southern Branch, Chesapeake, VA
    From 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays until December 31, 2014, two barges with cranes will occupy the channel at the Gilmerton Bridge to conclude demolition operations and install the bridge’s new fendering system. The barges will occupy the entire channel, leaving no clearance for the safe passage of other vessels.
    Between the release of the instant Marine Safety Information Bulletin until August 31, 2014, from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, all vessels transiting through the area, regardless of size, shall provide two hours advance notice by calling the bridge tender at (757) 485-5488 or via VHF Channel 13.
    Between September 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014, from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, any vessel requiring 60 feet or less of horizontal clearance shall provide two hours advance notice; vessels requiring more than 60 feet of horizontal clearance shall provide 24 hours advance notice as set forth above.
    Between January 1, 2015 until the project concludes on or before February 28, 2015, one barge will occupy the channel from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. Vessels requiring more than 60 feet of horizontal clearance shall provide 2 hours advance notice as set forth above. Vessels requiring 60 feet or less of horizontal clearance need not provide advance notice.
    Please be advised that the Gilmerton Bridge continues to operate in accordance with the schedule set forth in 33 Code of Federal Regulations Section 117.997(c).
    -USCG-

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  • Update and Comments: Steel Bridge Replacement Construction, AICW Statute Mile 8.8

    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

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  • Update on Gilmerton Bridge Restrictions, AICW Statute Mile 5.8

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    Due to major construction, the Gilmerton Highway Bridge, with a closed vertical clearance of 35ft, which crosses the Waterway just south of Norfolk at statute mile 5.8, has been under opening restrictions for over three years. After many, many Local Notices and updates, the bridge has returned to an almost normal operating schedule with updated exceptions listed in an earlier posting: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=137376

    VA – ELIZABETH RIVER – SOUTHERN BRANCH – GILMERTON BRIDGE/DOMINION BLVD BRIDGE – CHANNEL RESTRICTIONS
    Gilmerton Bridge: From 6:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. daily until August 3, 2014, two barges are occupying the entire channel at the Gilmerton Bridge for demolition work leaving no clearance for safe passage of vessels. Mariners needing to pass must provide a two-hour advanced notice by calling the bridge tender at (757)485-5488 or via VHF channel 13. Additionally, the Gilmerton Bridge continues to operate per 33 Code of Federal Regulations 117.997(j) for mariners needing a bridge opening. An environmental containment cell around the pier and its fender system will be in place until the project’s conclusion on or about August 3, 2014 to facilitate additional demolition work. The containment cell is rigidly connected to the existing bridge fender with its own fender system consisting of 8 inch x 8 inch timber bumpers with recessed connections, thereby reducing the bridge’s horizontal clearance from approximately 125 feet to 124 feet. Dominion Blvd Bridge: McClain Contracting has a barge occupying 50% of the 125ft wide Channel until approx May 9. This restriction will occur on high tide and will last approx 4 hours every 2 to 3 days. A 24 hour advanced notice will be provided via VHF FM Channel 16/22A. Chart: 12253. 17/14
    AICW – Elizabeth River Southern Branch – Gilmerton (vertical-lift) Bridge – The telephone number at the
    drawbridge has changed to (757) 485-5488.

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  • Normal Operating Regulations Restored at Gilmerton Highway Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 5.8

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    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.

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  • New Phone Numbers for Gilmerton Bridge and Centerville Turnpike Bridge, AICW Statute Miles 5.8 and 15.2

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    Centerville Turnpike Bridge - Click for Chartview

    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

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  • On-Going Fender Installation, Gilmerton Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 5.8

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    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

    New Gilmerton Lift Bridge

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  • Two Brief Closures of Great Bridge Bridge (SR168), December 7, 2013, AICW Statute Mile 12

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    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

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  • Dredging to Begin in Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate Route, south of Norfolk, AICW Statute Mile 10

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    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.
    Chart: 12206.

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  • Dredging in Norfolk Harbor and Mile Zero, AICW, Norfolk, VA

    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

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  • I-64 Bridge South of Norfolk Restricted Opening, AICW Statute Mile 7.1

    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

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  • Jordan Highway Bridge Removal Continues, AICW Statute Mile 2.8

    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.

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  • Dredging of the Salt Ponds in the Lower Chesapeake

    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.
    Nonnie Minga
    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.
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