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TX: Port Lavaca, bridge work-UPDATE

Date Posted: Jun 22, 2017

Work continues on rehabilitating the SH 35 bridge across Lavaca Bay, mile 8.2, at Port Lavaca, Calhoun County, Texas. Work hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., on the west end of the bridge moving in an easterly direction as there are 194 spans. The main channel is located between Bents 116 and 117 with a horizontal clearance of 75 feet and a vertical clearance of 45 feet. Presently, small work floats measuring approximately 40 feet by 8 feet in multiple configurations could obstruct an entire area between Bents and Spans reducing vertical and horizontal clearances.
Barge is parked 24-hours a day between Bent spans 79-50 for the work carbon fiber wrapping on bridge columns. Between Spans 20-35, there are two (2) barges parked 24-hours a day for work on the caps. Barges will be properly lighted as required by the “Inland Navigation Rules of 1980” and accompanied by a 26-foot push boat, the M/V BARBARA ANN monitoring VHF-FM Channel 16, or onsite Project Manager, at (281) 831-7864. Updates will be provided when main channel work is started. Estimated completion date of August 2017.

Source: CG 8th District (Gulf) 08g352016

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St. Andrew Bay, bridge work - UPDATE

Date Posted: Jun 22, 2017

GIWW Mile: 295.5 East of Harvey Lock

 The repair work continues at the Dupont Bridge crossing the GIWW, mile 295.5, EHL, east side of the St. Andrew Bay, Bay County, Florida. Phase 2 has begun by working on the 4 dolphins first, then removing and replacing vertical timber work within the channel on one side at a time. The main navigation channel is located in Span 16. The channel is 150 feet horizontally, which may be affected by 60 feet from the barge containing a
crane, measuring 150 feet by 45 feet, which will be spud inside and outside of the channel at different times. The vertical clearance impact will only be within the work area during repairs. In an emergency, the equipment can be removed with one-hour notice. Assisting will be marine equipment of a 150-foot by 45-foot spud deck barge with supplies and materials. The M/V LLOYD W will be monitoring VHF-FM Channel 16. The project will continue until August 2017. Contractors will work 5 days a week, Monday through Friday, during daylight hours only. In an
emergency, contact (850) 874-1500. Mariners should be alert for equipment in the waterway at all times, exercising extreme caution when passing and maintain slowest safe speed to minimize wake.

 

Source: CG District 8 (Gulf) LNM 08g142017

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LA: Inner Harbor Navigation Canal, Seabrook Bridge, closed for repairs - UPDATE

Date Posted: Jun 22, 2017

The Norfolk Southern Railroad bascule span bridge (Seabrook Railroad Bridge) across the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal, mile 4.5, at New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, is undergoing emergency repairs. Presently, the bridge is inoperable due to a broken lift pin. The bridge remains closed-to-navigation until further notice. Updates will be provided as they become available. In the down position, the vertical clearance is 1 foot Above Mean High Water with elevation 5 feet. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution when transiting the area. There are alternate routes through Chef Pass or the Rigolets.

 

Source: CG 9th District LNM 09252017

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LA: GIWW mile 35.6 WHL, West Larose lift bridge construction and partial closure

Date Posted: Jun 22, 2017

GIWW Mile: 35.6 West of Harvey Lock

As the construction/rehabilitation continues on the West Larose lift bridge across the GIWW, mile 35.6, at Larose, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, the waterway will be closed from Monday, June 19, 2017 until Friday, June 23, 2017, from 7:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., with a marine opening from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m., to clear vessel traffic. Work will resume from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., for the afternoon closure on the waterway.
There is a limited vertical clearance and the vertical clearance is 73 feet above Mean High Water and vessels with sufficient vertical clearance will be allowed to pass. The bridge will remain open to marine traffic, outside the previously-mentioned times.
Additionally, from Monday, June 26, 2017 until Friday, June 30, 2017, 7:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., with a marine opening from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. to clear vessel traffic. Work will resume from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. for the afternoon closure on the waterway. There is a limited vertical clearance and the vertical clearance is 73 feet above Mean High Water and vessels with sufficient vertical clearance will be allowed to pass. The bridge will remain open to marine traffic, outside the previously-mentioned times. Please exercise caution when transiting the area.

Source: CG 8th District (Gulf) LNM 08g252017

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FL: Pensacola Bay, construction in the vicinity of Highway 98 Bridge - UPDATE

Date Posted: Jun 22, 2017

Skanska is beginning to install the temporary mooring piles and construct the trestle needed on the Gulf Breeze side of the bay of the U.S.Highway 98 Pensacola Bay Bridge, mile 0.0, in Santa Rosa and Escambia Counties in Florida. The test piles installation has begun on both north and south sides of the waterway. The scheduled work is from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., 7-days a week. Lights have been installed according to the ”Inland Navigational Rules of 1980”. Mariners should be aware of all the working barges and crane barges being used on the project. The tug
vessels assisting are the M/V ALBERT PIKE, M/V BUTCH GIBSON, M/V CAPTAIN BILL, M/V DAWSON and M/V MARSHAL CALLAHAN. The tug vessels will be monitoring VHF-FM Channel 13. The contactor in charge of the job can be reached at (757) 284-0778. Mariners should use extreme cautioned while transiting the west side of the Pensacola Bay Bridge.

Source: CG 8th District (Gulf) LNM 08g252017

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FL: Carrabelle Channel, aids to navigation change

Date Posted: Jun 22, 2017

The following changes will be made the week of 15 August 2017.
Discontinue Carrabelle Channel Inner Range Rear Light (LLNR-2565) in position 29-50-15.265N/084-39-05.097W.
Change Carrabelle Channel Inner Range Front Light (LLNR-2560) to Carrabelle Channel Inner Leading Light (LLNR-2560) in position 29-49-47.889N/084-39-17.448W, showing Q W and NB dayboards.

Source: CG 8th District (Gulf) LNM 08g252017

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LA: GIWW mile 113.0 WHL, partial channel blockage

Date Posted: Jun 22, 2017

GIWW Mile: 113.0 West of Harvey Lock

On July 15-16, 2017, from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., each day, there will be a partial channel blockage consisting of two deck barges measuring 180 feet by 54 feet, moored perpendicular to the shore at GIWW, mile 113.0, WHL, to assist with offload of cargo. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution and to make passing arrangements with the picket vessels on VHF-FM Channels 8 or 13. For up-to-date information, mariners can contact Chris Natal, McDonough Marine Service, at (504) 812-0060 or U.S. Coast Guard MSU Morgan City, at (985) 380-5374.

Source: CG 8th District (Gulf) LNM 08g252017

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Lake Pontchartrain, rehab work on US 11 bridge - UPDATE

Date Posted: Jun 15, 2017

The contractor continues the rehabilitation work on the US 11 Bascule Bridge across Lake Pontchartrain between New Orleans and Slidell, Orleans and St. Tammany Parishes, Louisiana. The contractor will be working Monday through Friday, from 6:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Work on the project has begun on the Slidell side (north) and consists of inspections, measuring of cracks, sand blasting, grinding, spall repairs and wrapping of the piers and caps as necessary. The contractor has extended the scaffolding which extends a total of 2,400 feet of cable scaffolding across Span 702 to Span 575 as this entire section has a reduced vertical clearance of 8 feet, thus eliminating the availability by recreational boaters. Decking removal is complete to Span 619 as the project moves to Orleans side (south). The work area will be marked by Danger Buoys approximately 50 feet on either side of the bridge marking an exclusion zone for vessels to stay out of the work zone. The buoys will be spaced approximately 200 feet apart and will mark the entire length of the work area. The buoys will be lighted at night with Fl W 2.5 sec lights. Mariners should avoid the area.

Additionally, the contractor has six work barges (3 measuring 10 feet by 40 feet, and 1 measuring 8 feet by 30 feet, 1 measuring 30 feet by 115 feet and 1 measuring 30 feet by 120 feet with a crane height of 25 feet) and they are located near the bridge within the work zone. When the contractor is not working at night and over the weekends, the barges will be grouped together and spud down away from the navigation span and near the work area. This equipment will be lighted by fixed white lights on each outward corner as required. During the work day, the Tug JO ANN SIMS will be monitoring VHF-FM Channel 16. The L&A Contracting Company is the contractor on the project and can be reached at (601) 270-7704, 24-hours a day. This project will take approximately 48 months to complete. In conjunction with this work, additional work beneath the bridge on the New Orleans Side (south) will have divers placing wraps during daylight hours, issued in a separate Local Notice to Mariners for additional information.

Source: CG 8th District (Gulf) 08G242017

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TX: Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, mile 419-420 WHL, shoaling

Date Posted: Jun 15, 2017

GIWW Mile: 419.0 West of Harvey Lock

Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of GIWW, mile 419.0 and mile 420.0, WHL, in approximate position 28-45-40.0N 095-38-33.0W. The shoaling is reportedly not marked. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution in this area.

Source: CG 8th District (Gulf) LNM 08g242017

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LA: Port Allen Route, Bayou Sorrel Lock, closure for maintenance - UPDATE

Date Posted: Jun 07, 2017

6/7/17: Continuing until June 15, 2017, and then again from June 19-29, 2017, July 3-13, 2017, July 17-27, 2017 and then again from July 31, 2017 until August 7, 2017, from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., each day, the Bayou Sorrel Lock will be closed to navigation for repairs being performed by a U.S. Government Maintenance Unit. For up-to-date information, mariners can contact the Lockmaster, Brad Blanchard at (225) 659-2581. The points
of contact with the New Orleans District are Tim Connell, at (504) 862-2360 and Anh Nguyen, at (504) 862-2153.

 

6/1/17: Commencing approximately June 7, 2017 and continuing until approximately August 7, 2017, from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, the Bayou Sorrel Lock will be closed to navigation for repairs. For up-to-date information, mariners can contact the Port Allen Lockmaster, Brad Blanchard at (225) 659-2581.

Source: CG 8th District (Gulf) LNM 08g222017

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