Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
The Norfolk Southern Corporation, who owns and operates this swing drawbridge, has requested a temporary deviation from the current operating regulations set out in 33 CFR 117.1007(a) to facilitate laying new rail.
Under the current operation schedule, the draw shall remain in the open position for navigation. The draw shall only be closed for train crossings or periodic maintenance. The Norfolk Southern #5 Bridge, at mile 1.1, across the Elizabeth River (Eastern Branch) in Norfolk, VA, has a vertical clearance in the closed position to vessels of 6 feet above mean high water.
To facilitate laying new rail, the drawbridge will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 30, 2011. The bridge normally operates in the open position with several vessels transiting a week. Coordination with waterway users has been completed.
The Coast Guard will inform the users of the waterway through our Local and Broadcast Notices to Mariners of the opening restrictions of the draw span to minimize transiting delays caused by the temporary deviation. There are no alternate routes available but vessels may pass before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m. Mariners able to pass under the bridge in the closed position may do so at any time and the bridge is able to open for emergencies.
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.