CHARTER CAPTAINS – BEWARE – Pinellas Drawbridges locked down during weekday rush hours starting next week

mapThe Park Boulevard Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic and have it’s spans in the air for rehab between September 28th, 2014 and October 29th, 2014.  Due to this closure to and from the Beaches vehicular traffic will need to detour via Indian Rocks Bridge to the north or Welch Causeway to the south.  That anticipated increase in traffic flow, especially during rush hours, has prompted the U.S. Coast Guard to authorize both Welch and The Rock to be locked down to marine traffic weekdays 0600-0900 and 1400-1700.

Pinellas County has hired Seacoast to repair the Park Boulevard Bridge across the GulfIntracoastal Waterway, St. Petersburg Beach,Pinellas County, Florida. From September 28 through October 29, 2014, the bridge will be left in the open to navigation position as the machinery will be removed and the bridge will be unable to function. During this time the contractor will be repairing/painting portions of the bridge from a work barge in the waterway. From October29 through December 12, 2014, the Park Boulevard Bridge will be allowed to operate on single-leaf operations. A double-leaf operation will be available with a four hour notice to the bridge tender by calling 727-319-7088 or via VHF-FM channel 9.   Once the Park Boulevard Bridge is placed in the open to navigation position, the vehicle traffic will need to be detoured to Indian Rocks Beach to the north and Tom Stuart/Welch Causeway to the south.For this reason, the Coast Guard is considering placing openingrestrictions on both of these bridges to assist the local communities. A coordinated effort between the Local School Board, Florida Department of Transportation and the U.S. Coast Guard is ongoing to determine the best times to leave these bridges closed to navigation during the heaviest periods of rush hour traffic and school bus traffic.  For the reasons stated above the Indian Rocks Bridge across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Indian Rocks, Florida will be allowed to remain closed to navigation from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays from September 28 through October 29, 2014. At all other times the bridge will open on signal per 33 CFR 117.5. The Tom Stuart/SR 666 Bridge across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway mile 122.8, Madeira Beach, Florida will be allowed to remain closed to navigation from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays from September 28 through October 29, 2014. At all other times the bridge shall open on signal; except that, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays, the draw need be opened only on the hour, 20 minutes after the hour, and 40 minutes after the hour, per 33 CFR 117.287(h).   Ref: LNM 33 through 35-14   Chart: 11411 ….MORE
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We have a HUGE responsibility to protect our children and their futures. Our Gulf of Mexico has nearly been destroyed by the Deep-water Horizon catastrophe and many families here will never recover. Paradise lost, so it goes. I’m doing my best to apolitically educate anyone that cares about the impact on our environment by technology and “for-profit” progress. We forget, too frequently that we SHARE this planet with millions of other life-forms and as the most “powerful” species, we must be more cognizant of our greed versus the well-being of our planet. Thanks again for visiting and please check back often. -Gregg indianrocksbridge@yahoo.com
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3 Responses to CHARTER CAPTAINS – BEWARE – Pinellas Drawbridges locked down during weekday rush hours starting next week

  1. sarasinart says:

    You better be on your toes!

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  2. On my toes ???? I just got an extra 3-hour nap every morning and you want me to be on my toes? But that’s why I loves ya!

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