Virginia, Chesapeake, Centerville Turnpike Bridge Maintenance

Written by Chuck Baier
October 31, 2019

Maintenance at the Centerville Turnpike (SR-170) Bridge across the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, mile 15.2, at Chesapeake, VA began on Monday, May 13, 2019, and is scheduled to end on Friday, September 18, 2020. Bridge maintenance will be performed in six phases and updated notices will be published prior to each phase. This notice provides details for Phase III, scheduled from 6 a.m. on November 4, 2019, through 2 a.m. on December 16, 2019.

Work hours are 7 days/week, from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. The swing span of the bridge will be maintained in the open-to-navigation position. During work hours, bridge maintenance vessels and barges will occupy the navigation span, reducing the horizontal clearance to approximately 40 feet between 6 a.m. and 3:59 p.m., and closing the navigation span between 4 p.m. and 2 a.m. Bridge maintenance vessels and barges will relocate from the navigation span, upon request, for emergency vessels as defined in 33 CFR 117.31. From 6 a.m. to 3:59 p.m., bridge maintenance vessels and barges will relocate from the navigation span for commercial vessels carrying liquefied flammable gas or other hazardous materials, upon request; and all vessels, upon request, if at least a two-hour notice is given. From 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., bridge maintenance vessels and barges will relocate from the navigation span for commercial vessels carrying liquefied flammable gas or other hazardous materials, if at least a two-hour notice is given; and all vessels at 6 p.m., 8 p.m., 10 p.m. and midnight, if at least a two-hour notice is given.

Vessels may contact work vessels or the project foreman on VHF-FM channel 13 or (757) 620-3565. A bridge tender will not be stationed at the bridge. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.997(i). The drawbridge has a vertical clearance of 4 feet above mean high water in the closed position, unlimited vertical clearance in the open position and a horizontal clearance of 80 feet. Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly and use extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart 12206

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Chuck Baier

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