Florida, Okeechobee Waterway, Bridge Schedule Deviation

Written by Chuck Baier
March 22, 2021

The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Seaboard System Railroad Bridge, across the Okeechobee Waterway, mile 28.2, at Indiantown, Florida. The bridge owner requested to start the three hour advance notice for an opening earlier each evening and end it one hour later each morning. This deviation will test a change to the drawbridge operation schedule to determine whether a permanent change to the schedule is needed. Under this test deviation, the draw shall open on signal, except that from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. the draw shall open if at least a three hour advance notice is given. Advance openings can be arranged by contacting CSX Transportation at 1-850-209-9528. The Coast Guard is seeking comments from the public regarding these proposed changes.
This deviation is effective from 1 a.m. on March 1, 2021 through 11:59 p.m. on August 27, 2021. Comments and related material must reach the Coast Guard on or before April 29, 2021. You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG-2021-0099 using Federal eRulemaking Portal at https://www.regulations.gov.

If you have questions on this test deviation, call or e-mail LT Samuel Rodriguez-Gonzalez, U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Miami Waterways Management Division; telephone 305-535-4307, e-mail [email protected]

Temporary Channel Blockage: PCL Civil Constructors Inc, acting on behalf of the bridge owner, CSX Transportation, has requested to temporarily block the channel in the southern opening of the Seaboard Systems Railroad Swing Bridge over the St Lucie Canal (Okeechobee Waterway) mile 28.2 at Indiantown, Florida.

Under this temporary authorization, the PCL Civil Constructors is authorized to block the waterway beneath the Seaboard Systems R/R Bridge on the southern side of the channel from March 22, 2021 through April 30, 2021. On scene work will be performed during the hours of 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The channel will be blocked by a spudded barge throughout the duration of the work, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The barge will be properly lit at all times and surrounded by a turbidity curtain. For waterways information or questions, call or e-mail U.S. Coast Guard Sector Miami, Waterways Management Division; telephone 305-535-4317, email; D07-PF- SECMIAMI-[email protected]MIL

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Chuck Baier

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