With a closed vertical clearance of 5ft, the Florida East Coast Railway Bridge crosses the St. Johns immediately west of the Acosta Bridge in downtown Jacksonville.
Let’s hope the railroad gets the needed “part manufactured” SOON, as with such a low, closed vertical the restrictions described below will seriously crimp St. Johns River cruising!!!!
Below is the Week 47/13 LNM:
FLORIDA – ST. JOHNS RIVER – FEC RAILROAD BRIDGE – JACKSONVILLE: Special Operating Schedule.
Due to a mechanical failure, the FEC Railroad Bridge across the St Johns River, Jacksonville, Florida has been placed on a limited opening schedule. This bridge will remain open to navigation from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at all other times the bridge will be closed to navigation. The bridge owner is in the process of manufacturing a part in order to replace the broken bearing. If the bearing fails before the new part can be delivered, the bridge will need to be operated manually with additional restrictions implemented.
The FEC Railroad Bridge across the St Johns River, Jacksonville, Florida will be closed to navigation from December 6 through December 13, 2013 for repairs. These dates were chosen to not interfere with the Boat Parade and other water related events scheduled in December. Chart 11491
And this article by Dan Scanlon from The Florida Times Union, www.jacksonville.com, sent to us by Rick Chant.
Parts of the St. Johns River in Jacksonville will be closed intermittently to boating traffic on Saturday and Sunday due to problems with the East Coast Railroad Bridge, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
The closures are needed to handle increased vehicle traffic on the Main Street Bridge for Sunday’s Jacksonville Jaguars football game, and because of mechanical problems on the Florida East Coast Railroad Bridge.
The railroad bridge will be open for vessel traffic as follows:
■ 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.; 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday.
■ 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with two closings for rail traffic; and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
■ There will also be limited openings continuing until repairs are completed to the railroad bridge, the Coast Guard said.
In addition, the Main Street bridge will be closed to ship traffic from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.
Boaters may contact the bridge tender on VHF Channel 9 or 16 for additional information.
Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2013-10-18/story/boaters-face-intermittent-st-johns-river-closures-due-railroad-bridge#ixzz2iMy8GmJW