Local Notices to Mariners

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REVISED NAUTICAL CHARTS

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

• chart 13006, 33rd ed. — West Quoddy Head to New York.

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.

LONG ISLAND SOUND, HOUSATONIC RIVER AND MILFORD HARBOR, CONN.

Work is under way for the reconstruction of the Sikorsky (Route 15) Bridge across the Housatonic River at mile 7.0. Until further notice, up to five work barges/cranes will be operating in and around the main navigational channel, at times blocking the channel. All equipment will be moved out of the main channel on weekends. Mariners requiring full horizontal clearance through the bridge should contact the contractor on VHF channels 13 or 16. Mariners are advised to exercise caution and reduce wake when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12370)

LONG ISLAND SOUND, NEW LONDON HARBOR AND VICINITY, THAMES RIVER, CONN.

Due to emergency repairs at the Amtrak RR bridge across Thames River at mile 3.0, only one bridge opening daily, from 11:17 a.m. to noon will be granted for the passage of vessels. A two-hour advance notice to (860) 446-3906 is required. Permanent repairs will require a 72-hour closure of the bridge. The specific closure period will be coordinated with marine interests. During this period the bridge will not open for vessel traffic. All vessels capable of passing under the closed draw may do so at any time. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution and plan accordingly. (NOAA chart 13213)

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

The First Coast Guard District has issued a temporary deviation from the drawbridge operation regulations for the Triborough 125th Street Bridge, at mile 1.3, across the Harlem River. Under this temporary deviation the Triborough 125th Street Bridge may remain in the closed position for 30 days, April 1 through April 30. The purpose of this temporary deviation is to facilitate major structural repairs at the bridge. Mariners are advised to plan accordingly and exercise caution and reduce wake when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12342)

LONG ISLAND SOUND, HEMPSTEAD HARBOR TO TALLMAN ISLANd, HUTCHINSON RIVER, N.Y.

Replacement of steel sheet piling at the Boston Post Road Bridge across the Hutchinson River at mile 2.5 is in progress. Most of the work will be conducted from the south shore. A work barge will be operating along the bulkhead. Mariners requiring full horizontal clearance can contact the contractor on VHF channels 13 and 16. This project is to be completed by June 30. Mariners are advised to exercise caution and reduce wake when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12366)

NEW YORK HARBOR, EAST RIVER, N.Y.

Rehabilitation of the Williamsburg Bridge across the East River at mile 2.3 is in progress. Work barges will be operating at both the Manhattan and Brooklyn Towers outside the navigation channel through Jan. 30, 2006. Welding and burning will be conducted at various times. The contractor will be monitoring VHF channels 13 and 16. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12335)

LONG ISLAND SOUND, HEMPSTEAD HARBOR TO TALLMAN ISLAND, HUTCHINSON RIVER, N.Y.

Painting of the Pelham Parkway (Shore Road) Bridge at mile 0.4 across the Hutchinson River is in progress. The contractor has installed sections of the scaffolding under the bascule span reducing the vertical clearance by approximately 2 feet. The normal operation of the bridge will not be affected by the scaffolding. The painting is to be completed by May 1. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12366)

EAST RIVER, HARLEM RIVER, N.Y.

Construction to replace the Third Avenue Swing Bridge across the Harlem River at mile 1.9 is in progress. A work barge is blocking the Bronx draw; the Manhattan draw is open to vessel transit and clear of all obstructions. The Bronx draw was expected to reopen for marine traffic by late February 2005. This project is expected to be completed by end of 2005. Mariners are advised to follow the sign and exercise caution and reduce wake when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12342)

KILL VAN KULL, ARTHUR KILL, N.Y.

Rehabilitation of the Goethals Bridge across Arthur Kill at mile 11.5 was scheduled to begin on March 7. Scaffolding and netting will be installed under and on the side of the bridge. There will be no reduction of vertical clearance. At times some welding and burning will be conducted. The contractor will be monitoring VHF channels 13 and 16 when conducting hot work and will cease operations upon approach of a vessel. Hot work will not resume until the vessel has completely passed under the bridge. This project is expected to be completed by December 2006. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12333)

NEW YORK HARBOR, EAST RIVER, N.Y.

A barge measuring 116 feet by 34 feet will be operating between the Queens Anchorage and the Queens Tower under the Queens approach span of the Throgs Neck Bridge across the East River at mile 15.8. The barge will be located about 650 feet south of the Queens anchorage outside the navigable channel. A second barge will be operating outside the navigable channel under the Bronx Approach about 250 feet north of the north bank of Fort Schuyler. This project is expected to be completed by the summer. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12339)

NEW YORK HARBOR, KILL VAN KULL, N.Y. and N.J.

Work and storage barges are operating in the channel at the Bayonne Bridge across Kill Van Kull at mile 1.5. The work includes the installation of a temporary cofferdam around the existing abutment, installation of a triaxial post-tensioning anchor system and encasement of the existing abutment with reinforced concrete. At times some welding and burning will be conducted. The contractor will be monitoring VHF channels 13and 16 when conducting 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 12327)

RARITAN BAY, RARITAN RIVER, N.Y. and N.J.

The Commander, First Coast Guard District, has issued a temporary deviation from the drawbridge operation regulations for the New Jersey Transit Rail Operations Bridge, at mile 0.5, across the Raritan River, at Perth Amboy. Under this temporary deviation the bridge may remain in the closed position beginning at 11 p.m. Friday through 6 p.m. Saturday for four weekends as follows: March 18 through March 19; April 1 through April 2; April 15 through April 16; and April 29 through April 30. Two alternate weekend closure dates, May 6 through May 7, and May 13 through May 14, have been authorized in the event that inclement weather requires cancellation of any of the above dates. This temporary deviation is necessary to facilitate scheduled maintenance at the bridge. Mariners are advised to plan their transit accordingly. (NOAA chart 12332)