With a closed vertical clearance of 4ft, Morehead City Railroad Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 204, immediately south of the Newport River Bridge. With these restrictions, most AICW mariners will not be inconvenienced by the strictly night time closure of this low level span. These restrictions were scheduled to have ended October 1, but have now been extended to 12/31/13. Should you plan to navigate the Waterway through the Beaufort – Morehead City area after 8:30 pm and before 5:00 am, it will be necessary to use the far more complicated Russell Slue to Gallant Channel, to Taylor Creek, to Beaufort Inlet route.
NC â€“ ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (AICW)
Mariners are advised that due to additional and unexpected repairs, restrictions have been extended through December 31, 2013 at the Carolina Coastal Railroad Bridge across Newport River, at AICW mile 203.8, in Morehead City, NC. To perform added work, the drawbridge will continue to operate as follows: (1) During the day, from 5 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., the draw 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 (2) At night, the draw need not open from 8:30 p.m. to 5 a.m., 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 by calling (954) 658-4661 or via marine radio channels 13 or 16 VHF-FM. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart 11541