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REVISED NAUTICAL CHARTS

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

• chart 13278, 26th ed. — Portsmouth to Cape Ann;

• chart 12363, 40th ed. — New York, Long Island Sound, Western 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.

DAMARISCOTTA, SHEEPSCOT AND KENNEBEC RIVERS,

KENNEBEC RIVER, ME.

The Coast Guard is temporarily changing the drawbridge operating regulations governing the operation of the Carlton Bridge, mile 14.0, across the Kennebec River between Bath and Woolwich, Maine. This temporary change will allow the bridge to open on signal every three hours at 6 a.m., 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, through Dec. 17, and again from April 1 through June 30, 2006, to facilitate rehabilitation construction at the bridge. This rule also allows five three-day bridge closures in September and October, to be announced at a later date. Vessels that can pass under the bridge without a bridge opening may do so at all times. Mariners should exercise caution while transiting the area. (NOAA chart 13293)

DAMARISCOTTA, SHEEPSCOT AND KENNEBEC RIVERS, TOWNSEND GUT, MAINE.

Rehabilitation work at the SR 27 Bridge across Townsend Gut, mile 0.7, is under way. In order to facilitate the necessary bridge maintenance the drawbridge operation regulations will be temporarily changed effective through Nov. 30. During this period the draw of the SR 27 Bridge shall operate as follows: through Sept. 5, the draw shall open on signal at 6 a.m., 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., daily. From 6 p.m. through 6 a.m., and all day on holidays during this time frame the draw shall open on signal. The bridge may also remain in the closed position for four four-day closures to be published two weeks in advance of each closure period. Mariners are advised to exercise caution while transiting the bridge. (NOAA chart 13293)

NEW BEDFORD CHANNEL, MASS.

The Coast Guard was scheduled to make the following changes to aids to navigation in June:

• relocate New Bedford Channel lighted buoy 5 (LL 16825) to approximate position 41 33 30N, 070 51 54W;

• relocate New Bedford Channel lighted buoy 6 (LL 16830) to approximate position 41 33 37N, 070 51 41W.

(NOAA charts 13218, 13229, 13230, 13232)

NEWBURYPORT AND PLUM

ISLAND SOUND, MERRIMACK RIVER, MASS.

Construction is ongoing to construct a temporary bridge to facilitate Route 113 vehicular traffic at mile 47.4 across the Merrimack River at Tyngsborough. Barges will be located at various locations in the waterway. Mariners should exercise caution while transiting through the area. (NOAA chart 13282)

MARTHA’S VINEYARD TO BLOCK ISLAND, WESTPORT RIVER, MASS.

Rehabilitation of the Route 88 highway bridge, mile 1.2 across the Westport River, is under way. Work barges will be located at various locations at the bridge. Mariners should exercise caution while transiting the area. (NOAA chart 13218)