Notice to Navigation 2021-010 Okeechobee Waterway - St. Lucie Canal Scheduled Closure for Maintenance - CSX Railroad Bridge Indiantown


US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS                        NOTICE NUMBER: 010          
JACKSONVILLE DISTRICT                                      LOCAL NUMBER: 2021010           

ATTN: CESAJ-OD-SN                                                WATERWAY:  OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY
PO Box 4970                                                            EFFECTIVE: 05/17/2021 00:00 thru 07/18/2021 24:00 EST


POC: Gary Hipkins, South Florida Operations Office, 863-983-8101

17 May 2021 to 18 July 2021

a.     33 CFR Navigation and Navigable Waters

1. Notice to Navigation

Notice is given that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have been notified of the following scheduled closure of the CSX Railroad Bridge in Indiantown, Florida for underground utility installation. The following provides pertinent information:

PCL Civil Constructors Inc, acting on behalf of the bridge owner, CSX Transportation, has requested to temporarily deviate from drawbridge operating regulations and 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, PCL Civil Constructors is authorized to keep the bridge in the closed to navigation position and block the waterway beneath the Seaboard Systems Railroad Swing Bridge alternating weeks beginning May 17, 2021 through July 18, 2021, for the replacement of machinery components.

During this time period, with the closure, one span will remain clear for vessels that are able to navigate beneath without a requested opening. Vertical Clearance of the bridge in the closed position is 7 feet MHW. During the closure weeks, full openings will be provided on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 11:00. Work will be conducted during the hours of 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. seven days a week through completion.

The bridge will operate in accordance with its regular operating schedule, fully functional with both spans clear for navigation during the below time periods:

5/24 thru 06/06

06/14 thru 06/20

06/28 thru 07/11

07/19/2021 return to normal ops per 33 CFR 117.5, pending any approved delays.

The work barge will remain in place surrounded by a turbidity curtain in the respective spans, on the dates listed, throughout the duration of work. Mariners are advised to proceed with caution.

The U.S. Coast Guard will announce a detailed schedule to the temporary channel restriction in the Local Notice to Mariners and via a Broadcast Notice to Mariners. This authorization may not be changed or extended without written approval from the U.S. Coast Guard. This temporary authorization is conditional and may be withdrawn at any time if the U.S. Coast Guard determines that the safety of human life, the environment, or the needs of navigation become endangered. The imposition of civil penalties may result for failure to ensure that all requirements of this temporary authorization are followed in their entirety.

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-MARINE-PERMITS@USCG.MIL.The railroad swing bridge at Indiantown bridge tender can be reached by either radio or phone for latest information during normal operating hours.

Normal hours 7A-5P. Marine Radio channel 9. Phone 772-597-3822.

View the Coast Guard Local Notice to Mariners on pages 66-67:

2.  Contact Information

For up-to-date Lock information contact the shift operator 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at:

St. Lucie Lock & Dam 772-287-2665 or 863-662-9148

Port Mayaca Lock & Dam 561-924-2858 or 863-662-9424

Moore Haven Lock & Dam 863-946-0414 or 863-662-9533

Ortona Lock & Dam 863-675-0616 or 863- 662-9846

WP Franklin Lock & Dam 239-694-5451 or 863-662-9908

Canaveral Lock 321-783-5421 or 863-662-0298 (6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Point of Contact is Mr. Gary Hipkins at or 863-983-8101.

Gary L. Hipkins
Chief Navigation & Flood Risk
South Florida Operations

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
South Florida Operations Office
525 Ridgelawn Road
Clewiston, FL 33440-5399
Phone: 863-983-8101