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    • NAV ALERT: 21 Day Closure, May 1-22, St Lucie FEC RR Bridge, OWW MM 7.4, Stuart, FL

      This 21 day closure of the St Lucie FEC RR Bridge has been APPROVED. This closure will have a major impact on cruisers’ spring migration. Our thanks to Bill King for this update. This FEC RR bridge with 6 ft vertical clearance crosses the Okeechobee Waterway and connects Britt Point with Stuart.


      As of Friday 17 February, U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Brendan McPherson told Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fort Pierce, that the agency will allow Brightline/Florida East Coast Railroad to move forward with the proposed 21-day closure effective May 1. Brightline says the closure is needed to renovate the 98-year-old bridge.

      Bill King

      Stuart, FL
      FEC Railroad Drawbridge Temporary Change to Operating Schedule

      UPDATE: St. Lucie River FEC Railroad Drawbridge Closures Scheduled for April and May

      Beginning on April 19, night time closures to vessel traffic will take place from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., followed by a 21-day full closure starting at 6 a.m. on Monday, May 1.


      Once repairs are completed and the bridge reopens to vessel traffic on May 22, there will be an additional seven day period of night closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

      Photo Credit: ED KILLER/TCPALM.COM

      Related Article – Brightline will close Stuart drawbridge to St. Lucie River boat traffic for 3 weeks
      The Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast has been following this rehabilitation project closely and is maintaining regular communication with Florida East Coast Railway, Brightline and the United States Coast Guard.

      “While MIATC is extremely concerned about the potential loss of revenue for marine-related businesses and the significant inconvenience to the commercial and recreational boating community, we are also hopeful the planned maintenance, upgrades, and new installations will ensure the near 100-year-old bridge will operate reliably and more efficiently,” said Dan Romence, chairman of the MIATC Bridges and Waterways Committee.

      “We are further advised this temporary planned closure will help to avoid any operational failures that would result in an emergency closure, which would have a much larger impact on the marine community.”

      MIATC will continue to communicate with FEC, Brightline and USCG, as well as federal, state and local officials to monitor preparations for the project and provide updates and any related information impacting our members.

      Additionally, MIATC will continue to advocate on behalf of our members and the marine community to ensure regulation for the operation of the railroad drawbridge will acknowledge the right of way for maritime traffic while being fair and equal for both marine and rail passage, ensuring a safe boating environment, and not result in the drawbridge becoming an unreasonable obstruction to navigation.

      Members are urged to contact Justin Beard, Executive Director of the MIATC, with any questions or concerns regarding the temporary bridge closure at or 772-539-2654.

      MIATC | PO Box 1639, Stuart, FL 34997

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Old Roosevelt Bridge

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