Boats won't be able to travel under the Norfolk Southern Railroad Bridge on the Elizabeth River during the day for the rest of August. The Coast Guard announced on Friday, Aug. 16 that the bridge will remain in the down position between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily starting Monday, Aug. 19 and remaining through Friday, Aug. 30.
For details, see www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-16/html/2013-19953.htm.
Normally, the drawbridge opens on signal from a boat. The bridge lies on the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Norfolk, Virginia at mile 1.1.
The closure is needed to replace 10 broken tread plates and realign the others.
The Norfolk Southern Corporation, which owns and operates the bridge, requested the deviation from the operating schedule.
The bridge has a vertical clearance of six feet at mean high water in the closed position. It usually remains open except during railroad crossings or periodic maintenance.
The bridge cannot open for emergencies during the repair period but boats that can fit under it are welcome to traverse.
No alternate routes are available.