LNM: Replacement Construction with Delays Possible, Causton Bridge, GA AICW Statute Mile 579.9
With a closed vertical clearance of 21 feet, the Causton Bluff – Sam Varnedoe Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 580. See UPDATE 2 below. Our thanks to Ted Arisaka for this updated LNM.
GEORGIA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – BEAUFORT RIVER TO ST. SIMON SOUND – WILMINGTON RIVERCAUSTON BLUFF (ISLAND EXPWY) SR 26 BRIDGE: Bridge Replacement / Temporary Deviation- UPDATE
Prince Contracting has been contracted by the Georgia Department of Transportation to replace the CR 787 (Island Expressway) Drawbridges across the AICW (Wilmington River), at mile 579.9, in Savannah, GA. The bridge replacement project will replace the existing dual span bascule bridges with dual span high level fixed bridges. When completed, the new high-level fixed bridges will provide a horizontal clearance of 170 feet between the fender system and a vertical clearance 65 feet at Mean High Water (MHW). The project has started and is estimated to be completed November 2021. Work barges and associated equipment may be located in the vicinity of the bridge but will not impede the navigational channel. All mariners are requested to use caution when transiting the area. For additional waterway information, please contact Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Savannah at (912) 652-4353.
UPDATE 1: Causton Bluff / Islands Expressway Bridge is allowed single-leaf operations utilizing the drawbridge operating schedule in 33 CFR 117.353(b) from 6 a.m. on August 26, 2019 through 6 a.m. on February 21, 2020. A full opening will be provided during daylight hours only with a 48 hour advanced notice to the bridge tender. Vessels that can pass without an opening may do so at any time.
UPDATE 2: Captain of the Port Savannah will be authorizing waterway closures at the Causton Bluff Bridges. These closures are anticipated to begin mid-September 2019 through October 2019. Actual dates and times to be determined.