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The Pinellas Bayway Structure “C” bridge has a vertical clearance of 25 feet in the closed position and the Corey Causeway bridge has a vertical clearance of 23 feet in the closed position.
The current operating regulations per 33 CFR 117.287(e), the draw of the Pinellas Bayway Structure “C” bridge, mile 114, at St. Petersburg Beach shall open on signal; except that from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., the draw need open only on the hour, twenty minutes past the hour, and forty minutes past the hour. Per 33 CFR 117.287(f), the draw of the Corey Causeway (SR 693) bridge, mile 117.7 at South Pasadena, shall open on signal; except that, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and Federal holidays, the draw need to open only on the hour, twenty minutes after the hour, and forty minutes after the hour.
The local mayor has requested that the Coast Guard evaluate a twice an hour schedule. The Florida Department of Transportation, the bridge owner, has a concern related to the length of time during bridge openings on the weekends due to the accumulation of vessels between openings which may directly impact vehicle traffic. For this reason, FDOT will be monitoring the traffic flow through the area during this test and may recommend that the test be terminated at any point that vehicle traffic patterns show a detriment rather than an improvement in traffic flow. This test may have a minor impact on vessel traffic as there will be two openings an hour rather than three during these same time periods.
This deviation will start on 7 a.m. on January 26 and will continue until 7 p.m. on April 25, 2009, unless otherwise terminated/cancelled due to heavier than normal traffic patterns. The Pinellas Bayway Structure “C” and Corey Causeway bridges will open on demand except that from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily both bridges will open on the hour and half-hour, seven days a week. Vessels able to pass under the bridges without an opening may do so at any time. Public vessels of the United States and tugs with tows must be passed at any time.
In accordance with 33 CFR 117.35(e), the drawbridge must return to its regular operating schedule immediately at the end of the designated time period. This deviation from the operating regulations is authorized under 33 CFR 117.35.