Drawbridge operations change in three locations

| 12/6/2004

The U.S. Coast Guard has recently issued notices concerning drawbridges on three routes that truckers may need to be aware of.

A final rule issued by the Coast Guard via the Department of Homeland Security changes the operation requirements for the drawbridge across Portage Bayou in Mississippi near mile marker 2 at Pass Christian, MS. The rule requires a two-hour advance notice before the drawbridge is opened for boats. The new rule follows the opening of a new mid-level bridge that has been constructed to replace the Henderson Avenue bascule bridge.

A proposed rulemaking by the Coast Guard involves the operation of the Skidaway Bridge across the Intracoastal Waterway at mile marker 592.9 in Savannah, GA. The proposed rule would require that the drawbridge not be opened for boats from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily to help ease congestion. In the proposal for the rule, the Coast Guard noted there is a lack of requests for openings during those times. However, there will be exceptions: Any time public vessels of the United States, tugs with tows or vessels in distress need the bridge opened, it will be.

Truckers who will be in the Miami area on Jan. 30, 2005, should be aware that the Miami Tropical Marathon will be under way and several bridges will be closed during the event.

Temporary closings include: the Miami Avenue bridge and the Brickell Avenue bridge across the Miami River; and the east and west spans of the Venetian Causeway bridges across Miami Beach Channel on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.