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Saga of Indiantown RR Bridge, Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 29


Bottom Line: Indiantown RR Bridge is open, but may close again within 4 weeks.

RR BRIDGE NOW OPEN, 3/15, 0800

And these notes from Michael Lieberum, Bridge Branch, 7th District

3/14 Morning Larry,
According to CSX the bridge was operational at 0900 this morning [3/14]; but they are still checking the pivot, so it may or may not be operational all the time, especially if there is someone inside the machinery.

Just received word that they are letting vessels through now and should have the bridge fully functional by this afternoon [3/14]

3/15 Received text for CSX that they are making parts and will need a few hours to install in about four weeks.
Bridge is operational; but having issues.
Mike
 

We were able to get thru the railroad bridge today, Sunday March 12th, was closed on approach, answered on VHF and opened right away.
Kevin & Steve on Lone Star

In addition to the Torry Island Bridge closure, this 3/12 report of the Indiantown RR bridge closed to navigation report comes from our friends on AGLCA’s Forum and adds further to Okeechobee cruisers’ woes. With a closed vertical clearance of 7ft, the RR bridge crosses the Okeechobee Waterway immediately west of the fixed high rise bridge in Indian Town, FL. No further information is available at this posting.

We are sitting in the Indiantown Marina waiting for an update on the railroad bridge repair. No one is responding to VHF or phone. Local fisherman told us there is still work going on at the site. Read More!

Arrived Friday to find the bridge closed. Conversation with the Bridge Master revealed that he had serious issues and that a repair crew was summoned from Tampa. Indiantown Marina was full so several boats were anchored in the canal nearby. Indiantown found a spot for us…Wednesday they wouldn’t take our reservation saying they were full for 3 weeks. Perhaps the bridge closure changed that. Call ahead if you hope to stay here.

We immediately called Rowland Martin Marina and Forrest River Marina and Port Mayaca Lock to warn other boaters.

We will take a dinghy ride to get information. More later…
Don and Joan Hutchison
Panacea

Click Here To View the Okeechobee Waterway Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For the Indiantown Railway Bridge

Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of RR bridge

Comments from the Cruisers' Net Community (2)

  1. Gypsy Joe -  April 7, 2017 - 12:18 pm

    April 4th left Indintown aboard Seductress heading East just after lunch and requested RR Bridge opening. Encountered a 45min delay due to maintenance.

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  2. wayne gustafson -  March 13, 2017 - 3:58 pm

    Visited Bridge Master via land 12:00 3/13
    Bridge will be closed 9:00 3/14 for repairs. Completion TBD

    Reply

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