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REVISED NAUTICAL CHARTS

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has updated the following nautical charts:

• chart 12342, 23rd ed. — Harlem River;

• chart 12335, 40th ed. — Hudson and East Rivers, Governors Island to 67th Street;

• chart 12401, seventh ed. — New York Lower Bay, Southern Part.

The new editions are available through NOAA sales agents. A free list of authorized sales agents is available by contacting the National Ocean Service, Distribution Division (N/ACC3), 6501 Lafayette Ave., Riverdale, Md. 20737.

NEW YORK HARBOR, EAST RIVER, N.Y.

Rehabilitation of the Manhattan Bridge across the East River at mile 1.1 is in progress. Scaffolding has been installed under the entire span reducing the available vertical clearance by about 2 feet. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12335)

NEW YORK HARBOR, KILL VAN KULL, ARTHUR KILL, N.Y.

Repairs to the bridge sidewalk at the Goethals Bridge across Arthur Kill at mile 11.5 are in progress. Scaffolding and netting will be installed under and on the side of the bridge; however, there will be no reduction of vertical clearance. Welding and burning will be conducted at various times. The contractor will be monitoring VHF channels 13 and 16 during hot work, and will cease operation when a vessel is approaching and will not start again until the vessel has passed the bridge. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12333)

NEW YORK HARBOR, EAST RIVER, HARLEM RIVER, N.Y.

Rehabilitation of the Macombs Dam Bridge across the Harlem River at mile 3.2 is in progress. Mariners are advised to exercise caution and reduce wake when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12342)

NEW YORK HARBOR, EAST RIVER, N.Y.

Rehabilitation of the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge across the East River at mile 13.8 is in progress. Scaffolding measuring 50 feet by 35 feet is installed under the bridge. The scaffolding will reduce vertical clearance by about 3 feet. Scaffolding will be marked by four synchronized quick flashing red lights on four corners located about 395 feet north of the mid-channel (green) lights. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12339)

NEW YORK HARBOR, EAST RIVER, ENGLISH KILLS, N.Y.

Rehabilitation of the Metropolitan Ave. Bridge at mile 3.4 across English Kills continues. The contractor has installed sections of scaffolding under the bascule span reducing the vertical clearance by about 2 feet. The normal operation of the bridge will not be affected by the scaffolding. Barges are operating in the navigable channel. Mariners requiring full horizontal clearance can contact the contractor via VHF channels 13 and 16 or at (718) 302-2065. Mariners are advised to reduce wake and exercise caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12338)

EAST RIVER, NEWTOWN CREEK, DUTCH KILLS, N.Y.

The Long Island Railroad Swing Railroad (DB) Bridge across Dutch Kills at mile 1.1 will be closed to marine traffic until further notice due to structural damage and deterioration of the center pier. The bridge is no longer operable as a swing bridge. Mariners are advised to plan accordingly. If you need additional information contact James A. Pagano of the Long Island Railroad at (718) 558-3152. (NOAA chart 12335)

NEW YORK HARBOR, EAST RIVER, HARLEM RIVER, N.Y.

Construction to replace the Third Avenue Swing Bridge across Harlem River at mile 1.9 is in progress. The temporary fixed bridge is now in place, providing a vertical clearance of about 25 feet at MHW. Demolition of the old swing bridge has begun. A work barge measuring 55 feet by 250 feet will block one draw of the old bridge. The other draw will be free of obstructions and be clear for vessel transit. This project is expected to be completed by the summer of 2005. Mariners are advised to follow the signs, exercise caution and reduce wake when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12342)

SHINNECOCK BAY TO EAST ROCKAWAY INLET, GREAT SOUTH BAY, N.Y.

Construction at the southbound Robert Moses Causeway at mile 7.3 across Great South Bay has shut down for the winter. Two construction barges have spudded and anchored about 300 feet west of bents 65 and 68 of the bridge until resumption of work. Mariners are advised to use the main navigational channel when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12352)

EAST RIVER, HARLEM RIVER, N.Y.

To facilitate painting of the Willis Avenue swing bridge across the Harlem River at mile 1.5, a work platform is installed under the west (Manhattan) draw which will remain in place until further notice. Upon completion of work in the west draw, scaffolding will be moved under the east (Bronx) draw. Scaffolding reduces the vertical clearance by about 5 feet. One draw will always be clear of any obstruction and will be available for vessel traffic. The contractor has installed traffic signs indicating closed/open channel and scaffolding will be marked with red lights. Mariners are advised to follow the signs and exercise caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12342)

NEW YORK HARBOR, EAST RIVER, N.Y.

Safety netting under the Roosevelt Island Bridge across the East River, at mile 6.4, in place to prevent debris from falling into the waterway, reduces the available vertical clearance by about 3 feet. Mariners requiring a bridge opening should contact NYC Bridge Operations at (718) 821-4580 or (212) 371-7047 two hours in advance. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12342)

HUDSON RIVER, N.Y. and N.J.

Substructure and pier deck repairs are being made at the NYC Passenger Ship Terminal, Piers 88-92, daily between 6 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., through June 30, 2006. Vessels TCC 1 & 2, Hughes 737, TC-1, Reno, and John Boat 2 will be on scene. Diving operations will also be conducted during this time frame. (NOAA chart 12335)

ARTHUR KILL, WARD POINT BEND, N.Y. and N.J.

Further investigation of previously reported obstructions within the channel at Ward Point Bend West Reach (LNM 49/04) shows that each reported object is located below the charted controlling depth for the channel. The contact located at position 40 29 35.59N, 074 15 06.47W has a least depth of 40.07 feet below MLLW. The contact located at position of 40 29 43.17N, 074 15 13.97W has a least depth of 38.7 feet below MLLW. (NOAA charts 12331, 12332)

NEW YORK HARBOR, NEWARK BAY, HACKENSACK RIVER, N.Y. and N.J.

The (Jackknife) bascule bridge across the Hackensack River, mile 7.7, at Secaucus will be closed to marine traffic until further notice due to a major mechanical failure. (NOAA chart 12337)