REVISED NAUTICAL CHARTS
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has updated the following nautical charts:
• chart 12362, 17th ed. — Port Jefferson and Mount Sinai Harbors;
• chart 12401, eighth ed. — New York Lower Bay, Southern Part;
• 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.
The Commander, 1st Coast Guard District, has issued a temporary deviation from the drawbridge operation regulations for the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Route 1 Bridge at mile 3.5 across Housatonic River at Stratford. Under this temporary deviation the bridge may operate only one lift span for openings through May 27. Full bridge openings for large vessel transits can be obtained upon three-day advance notice to the drawbridge tender at (860) 205-7649. Commuter rush hour restrictions (7 a.m. to 9 a.m., Monday through Friday, and 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. daily) will continue during this temporary deviation. Mariners are advised to plan their transits accordingly. (NOAA chart 12370)
STRATFORD POINT TO
PEQUONNOCK RIVER, CONN.
A 45-foot-by-126-foot crane barge and several 30-foot-by-90-foot work barges are operating under the I-95 Bridge across the Pequonnock River at mile 0.0 until further notice. Mariners requiring full horizontal clearance through the bridge should contact the contractor on VHF channel 13 or 16, or call (203) 334-8718 two hours in advance. Mariners are advised to plan accordingly and exercise caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12369)
LONG ISLAND SOUND TO
CONNECTICUT RIVER, CONN.
The Coast Guard has established a temporary change to the drawbridge operation regulation for the Route 82 Bridge at mile 16.8, across the Connecticut River at East Haddam. This will allow the bridge to operate on a fixed operating schedule and also authorize several bridge closures through March 31, 2006 to facilitate rehabilitation of the bridge. Through July 6 the draw shall open on signal at 5:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 8 p.m. daily. From July 7 through Oct. 31, Monday through Thursday, the draw shall open on signal at 5:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 8 p.m. On Friday the draw shall open on signal at 5:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 8 p.m., and 11:30 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday the draw shall open on signal at 5:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. The draw need not open for the passage of vessel traffic on the following dates: Oct. 18, 19 and 20, and Dec. 14. At all times, except during authorized bridge closure periods, the draw shall open on signal for commercial vessels provided at least a two-hour advance notice is given. Mariners are advised to plan their transits accordingly. (NOAA chart 12375)
LONG ISLAND SOUND,
GREENWICH POINT TO
NEW ROCHELLE, BYRAM
HARBOR, BYRAM RIVER, CONN.
Work to rehabilitate the I-95 Bridge, mile 0.4, across the Byram River between Port Chester and Greenwich is under way. The contractor has installed a work platform between piers 11 and 12 over the navigable channel. The work platform reduces the vertical clearance by about 5 feet. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area. The rehabilitation project is to be completed by the end of July 2005. (NOAA chart 12367)
SHINNECOCK BAY TO
EAST ROCKAWAY INLET,
SLOOP CHANNEL, N.Y.
Construction is under way for the replacement of the Wantagh State Bridge across the Sloop Channel at mile 15.4. A 92-foot-by-160-foot heavy lift ringer crane barge, a 72-foot-by-250-foot pile scow and several work barges are operating in and around the work zone and blocking the channel. This floating equipment poses safety hazards for mariners’ transits through the bridge site. The Captain of the Port, Long Island Sound, has established a temporary safety zone in the waters surrounding the bridge. This zone is necessary to protect vessels transiting in the area from hazards imposed by construction barges and equipment. Entry into this zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port. Mariners must bypass this work site and use a northerly alternate route through the Goose Creek Bridge. Mariners are also advised to reduce wake and exercise caution when approaching the construction area. (NOAA chart 12352)
JAMAICA BAY, N.Y.
Repairs on the lift towers of the Marine Parkway Bridge across Jamaica Bay, mile 3.0, were scheduled to begin on or about March 28. This work will not reduce either the vertical or horizontal clearance under the bridge nor affect the operation of the bridge. This project is to be completed by Dec. 31. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12350)
TALLMAN ISLAND TO
FLUSHING RIVER, N.Y.
Rehabilitation of the Whitestone Expressway (I-678) Bridge across the Flushing River at mile 0.2 continues. The ongoing work includes cofferdam ramps and other work on the bridge span approaches as well as repairs on the bridge. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12339)
SHINNECOCK BAY TO
EAST ROCKAWAY INLET, REYNOLDS CHANNEL, N.Y.
Bridge painting and repairs are continuing through Aug. 31, at the Long Beach Bridge at mile 4.7 across Reynolds Channel between Island Park and Long Beach. Barges are operating outside the navigable channel. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (NOAA chart 12352)
SHINNECOCK BAY TO
EAST ROCKAWAY INLET, N.Y.
The following aids to navigation will not be seasonally relieved in accordance with the advertised light list date of April 1. Aids will be relieved no later than May 1:
• East Channel lighted buoy 12 (LL 29270),
• East Channel lighted buoy 19 (LL 29285),
• East Channel lighted buoy 21 (LL 29295),
• East Channel lighted buoy 24 (LL 29300),
• East Channel lighted buoy EN (LL 29335),
• East Channel lighted buoy 4 (LL 29370),
• East Channel lighted buoy 1 (LL 29740),
• East Channel lighted buoy 34 (LL 29344),
• East Channel lighted buoy 35 (LL 29345),
• East Channel lighted buoy (LL 29350),
• Great South Bay lighted buoy (LL 38 29360),
• North Channel lighted buoy 1 (LL 29449),
• North Channel lighted buoy 3 (LL 29450),
• North Channel lighted buoy 4 (LL 29455),
• North Channel lighted buoy 8 (LL 29465).
(NOAA chart 12352)
Barge Weeks 6 will be mobilized in the Governor’s Island Ferry Slip 6 at the Battery Maritime Building until March 14, 2006 or so. The work will be done in slips 5, 6, & 7, Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Weeks 6 will be monitoring VHF channel 65. Mariners are requested to transit the site at a reduce speed with no wake. (NOAA chart 12335)
SANDY HOOK TO
LITTLE EGG HARBOR,
SHREWSBURY RIVER, N.J.
Repair work on the Oceanic drawbridge, mile 4.5 across the Navesink River, is in progress. Welding and hot work may be conducted occasionally over the waterway. The bridge will continue to operate in accordance with its operating rule. Mariners are advised to reduce wake and exercise caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12324)
The Coast Guard was scheduled to make the following changes to aids to navigation in March 2005:
• delete Bayonne Terminal Channel North buoy 2 (LL 37170);
• delete Bayonne Terminal Channel North lighted buoy 4 (LL 37172).
(NOAA charts 12327, 12333, 12334)