WK 07-14: WASHINGTON – PUGET SOUND – SEATTLE TO OLYMPIA – CHAMBERS BAY – Bridge deviation schedule
The USCG has approved a deviation to the operating schedule of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad drawbridge in Steilacoom, WA. This deviation allows the BNSF drawbridge at mile 0.0 to remain in the closed position and need not open for maritime traffic from 0001 on 20 Feb 14 to 2359 on 26 Feb 14. All other times, the bridge shall operate in accordance with 33 CFR 117.35(e). To request an opening mariners are requested to contact Ms. Ogonek at (206) 625-6130, or Mr. Berry at (913) 940-4393. Any other questions may be addressed with the D13 Bridge Administrator at (206) 220-7282.
WK 05-14: WASHINGTON – LAKE WASHINGTON – Annual summer refill
The USACE will begin the annual summer refill of Lake Washington on 15 Feb 14. The final refill target is 22.0 feet by 01 June 14 measured at the locks. Owners of vessels, docks, slips and other structures are advised to monitor the rise in lake elevations. For more information, review the Corp’s web site at: http://www.nwd-wc.usace.army.mil/nws/hh/www/index.html#, or call (206) 764-3750.
WK 05-14: WASHINGTON - STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA (EASTERN) – Minor Island Light reduction in nominal range
Due to the imminent collapse of the light structure, the U.S. Coast Guard is moving the light at Minor Island Light (LLNR 16380) and reducing the nominal range from 6 NM to 5 NM to facilitate the installation of a self-contained LED lantern. The light characteristic will remain flashing white every four seconds (Fl W 4). This change is expected to occur between February and March of 2014.
WK 50-13: WASHINGTON – PUGET SOUND – SEATTLE TO OLYMPIA – CHAMBERS BAY – Bridge deviation schedule
The USCG has approved a deviation to the operating schedule of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad drawbridge in Steilacoom, WA. This deviation allows the BNSF drawbridge at mile 0.0 to remain in the closed position and need not open for maritime traffic from 0800, 06 Jan 14 to 1700, 19 Feb 14. All other times, the bridge shall operate in accordance with 33 CFR 117.35(e). Questions may be addressed with the D13 Bridge Administrator at (206) 220-7282.
WASHINGTON – LAKE WASHINGTON – SR520 BRIDGE: Special Bridge Notice (Revised from LNM WK: 30/13)
The USCG has revised the draw span operating schedule for the SR 520 Evergreen Point Floating Bridge. Construction activities will continue for the duration of the bridge replacement project until approximately 30 Aug 15. Vessels which are impacted by the closure of the east channel that are not able to navigate through the west channel of the existing bridge may request an opening of the center draw span for passage. Boaters may request a draw span opening by calling WSDOT at (206) 440-4490. Eight temporary white mooring buoys (six on the north side and two on the south side) marked with FL W 4s (flashing white four seconds) lights have been deployed near the bridge for the temporary mooring of construction barges. Refer to LNM 05/13 chart 18447 for temporary chart corrections. For up to date schedule changes and special event schedules for the SR 520 Bridge, please visit WSDOT’s web site at: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR520Bridge/WeekendClosures.htm. The Evergreen Point Floating Bridge (SR 520) between Seattle and Bellevue shall operate as follows (revised schedule):
1. Currently, the east navigation channel under SR 520 is blocked by construction activities. However, on the special dates listed below, the navigation channel will be temporarily open to boaters. Unfortunately, due to construction equipment that cannot be moved, the vessel clearance within the navigation channel has decreased from 64 feet to 59 feet. All mariners with vessels taller than 59 feet must continue to use the floating bridge center draw span.
Both the east and west navigation channels beneath SR 520 will be open on the following dates in 2014:
1. The draw need not open from 0630 to 0959 and from 1500 to 1900 Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays other than Columbus Day.
2. The draw need open only on the hour and half hour from 1000 to 1430 every day of the week, if at least 2 hour advance notice is given.
3. The draw will open on request at all other times if at least 2 hours advance notice is given.
4. Telephone requests for bridge opening may be directed as collect calls to the Highway Radio, or made by direct telephone communication through the Seattle Marine Operator, Station KOH, or through other marine wire or radiotelephone service.
1. Eight temporary pilings (two groups of four pilings) marked with FL Y 4s (flashing yellow four seconds) lights have been placed in the southeast part of Union Bay near the west end of the bridge for the temporary mooring of pontoons. Refer to LNM 05/13 chart 18447 for temporary chart corrections.
2. The west channel has a clearance of 45 feet.
3. Enclosure 3 shows 12 temporary barge mooring pilings have been placed on the north side of the bridge just west of the west navigation channel. All 12 pilings are marked with QY (quick flashing yellow) lights, which may be obscured at times when barges and other equipment are moored at the site.
WK 49-13: WASHINGTON – TACOMA HARBOR – BLAIR WATERWAY – Pier construction work
Orion Marine group will be installing piling at Pier 3 for the Port of Tacoma between the dates of 10 Dec 13 and 25 Jan 14. DB St Helens and material Barge 1801 will be moored via offshore anchors toward the center of the waterway approximately 1000 feet in length centered at 47-16-32.48N/122-24-40.92W, and mooring lines extending to the pier. The project site is located in the outer Blair Waterway just north of the Husky terminal on the south west side of the shipping lane. Vessels are requested to limit their speeds to reduce wake, and contact the barge operator prior to entering the waterway to ensure safe passage and work conditions. DB St. Helens will monitor VHS Channel 66. Typical working hours will be 0600 to 1800 (Mon-Sat).
WK 47-13: WASHINGTON – STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA – SWINOMISH CHANNEL – Reported shoaling
A report of shoaling in the Swinomish Channel has been made after transiting the Swinomish Channel South Entrance. A mariner stated the total water depth was 7 feet while transiting on a +2 feet tide IVO Swinomish Channel South Entrance Buoy 1 (LLNR 18785) and Goat Island. The latest USACE survey shows the channel is less than 12 feet in this location. The southern Swinomish Channel has a history of shoaling every year, therefore, mariners are advised to transit this waterway at the highest tide possible and exercise good seamanship and voyage planning.
WK 47-13: WASHINGTON – LAKE WASHINGTON SHIP CANAL – LAKE UNION – Marine construction
Construction dredging operations will be commencing on 25 Nov 13 at the Northlake Shipyard in Lake Union, and completing on or about 20 Jan 14. Crane barges will be operating 24 hours per days IVO 47-38-45.0N, 122-20-28.0W. Turbidity curtains will be placed around the construction site along with water quality monitoring buoys on the outer side of the curtain. The buoy characteristics will be announced in LNM 48/13. Enclosure 4 illustrates a more detail site plan. Mariners please transit the area at slowest safe speed to minimize wakes. For more information, contact Redside Construction at (360) 297-9557, or email@example.com..
WK 46-13: WASHINGTON - OLYMPIA – Maintenance dredging at Olympia Marine Terminal & Swantown Boatworks
Orion Marine Group will be conducting dredging operations at the Port of Olympia Marine Terminal and the Swantown Boatworks in Olympia Harbor, WA. Dredging will commence on or about 25 Nov 13 and continue until approximately the first week of Feb 14. Operations will be conducted Monday through Saturday, 24 hours a day. The derrick barge Rainier and tug Skagit will monitor VHF-FM channels 09, 13 and 16. Mariners are requested to use the slowest safe speed to minimize wakes when transiting the area. For more information contact Orion Marine Group at (253) 301-7872.