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Elizabeth River drawbridge to close for repairs in March

A drawbridge over the Elizabeth River in Norfolk, Virginia will be closed much of the time for a month. The closure start at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 4 and run through 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 3.The Coast Guard made the announcement on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

You can read about it at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-02-12/html/2014-03097.htm.

The closure is needed because 189 bridge ties must be removed and the moveable rail
joints on the Norfolk Southern 5 Railroad drawbridge need to be adjusted.

The Norfolk Southern Railroad, which owns and operates the bridge, requested the schedule deviation to make the repairs.

The bridge lies at mile 1.1 of the Eastern Branch of the river. It normally remains open except when trains are crossing or for periodic maintenance.

Many recreational and other vessels go under the bridge.

The schedule of the closures:

March 4: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
March 5: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
March 6: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
March 10: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
March 11: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
March 12: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
March 13: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
April 2: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
April 3: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

No alternate routes are available and no emergency openings can be made.