The proposed closure of this RR bridge from 8:30PM to 5:00AM would not affect most (sensible!) cruisers, but would have to be kept in mind if you were running behind schedule or planned to get a before-day start. The bridge has a closed vertical clearance of only 4ft and crosses the path of the AICW immediately north of the Morehead City Turning Basin/Commercial Port.
SUBJECT: PROPOSED MODIFICATIONS TO THE REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE OPERATION OF THE CAROLINA COASTAL RAILROAD BRIDGE
ACROSS NEWPORT RIVER AT ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (AIWW) IN MOREHEAD CITY NC.
The Coast Guard proposes to temporarily change the operating schedule that governs the Carolina Coastal Railroad Bridge, at AIWW mile 203.8, across Newport River in Morehead City, NC. To facilitate repair work and to minimize the impact on navigation, from October 1, 2012 to October 1, 2013 the drawbridge would operate as follows: 1) during the day, from 5 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., shall be maintained in the open position to vessels and would only be closed for the passage of trains and to perform periodic maintenance; and at night, from 8:30 p.m. to 5 a.m., need not open, except an opening would be provided at 12 a.m. (midnight) if advance notice is given before 4 p.m., on the afternoon before the requested opening. A copy of the Docket USCG-2012-0628 published in the Federal Register on August 10, 2012, as a proposed rule, is included as enclosure (1) to this notice.
Interested parties are requested to express their views, in writing, on the proposed changes to the operating regulations. Comments will be received for the record at the office of the Commander (dpb), Fifth Coast Guard District, 431 Crawford Street, Suite 103, Portsmouth, VA 23704-5004. Written comments on this proposal must be submitted on or before September 10, 2012.
It is requested that this information be brought to the attention of any person having a possible interest in the proposed changes to the regulations who may not have received a copy of this Public Notice.
WAVERLY W. GREGORY, JR.
Bridge Program Manager
By direction of the Commander
Fifth Coast Guard District