Marine Safety Information Bulletin
January 19th, 2022
CORRECTION: Elizabeth River – Gilmerton Bridge –Bridge Deviation
Mariners are advised that an engineering firm, on behalf of the City of Chesapeake, will be performing bridge maintenance on the Gilmerton Bridge over the Elizabeth River, mile marker 5.8, in Chesapeake, VA.
To facilitate maintenance, the bridge will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position with two daily openings at 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.:
9 p.m. on February 3, 2023, to 5 a.m. on February 6, 2023
9 p.m. on February 10, 2023, to 5 a.m. on February 13, 2023
9 p.m. on February 17, 2023, to 5 a.m. on February 20, 2023
9 p.m. on February 24, 2023, to 5 a.m. on February 27, 2023
9 p.m. on March 3, 2023, to 5 a.m. on March 6, 2023
9 p.m. on March 10, 2023, to 5 a.m. on March 12, 2023
9 p.m. on March 17, 2023, to 5 a.m. on March 20, 2023
Alternate weather delay dates/times will be from:
9 p.m. on March 24, 2023, to 5 a.m. on March 27, 2023
During scheduled closure periods, the bridge will only open at the time specified above. Vessels able to transit when the bridge is in the closed-to-navigation position may do so at any time. During the maintenance work hours listed above, the bridge may be partially open and may open or close for maintenance purposes. As this may be confusing to vessels, the bridge operator will require all vessels to contact the bridge tender during working hours to confirm clearance. If the current position of the span allows clearance, vessels may transit the bridge AFTER contacting the bridge tender. All other times during the weekdays, the bridge will operate as normal, except the bridge opening speed will be reduced to 50%.
At all other times, the bridge will operate in accordance with Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations §117.5. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area.
For any questions on the above deviation please contact the US Coast Guard Waterways Management Division via email at VirginiaWaterways@uscg.mil.