Captain of the Port Closes Elizabeth River

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Captain of the Port is advising all mariners that the waterway near the Norfolk – Portsmouth Beltline Railroad Bridge located at mile-marker 2.6 in the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River wasl closed to all vessels Friday at 6 a.m., until further notice to conduct emergency mechanical repairs.The Coast Guard was notified by Portsmouth – Norfolk Railroad at about 6 p.m. Wednesday that a cable responsible for raising and lowering the vertical-lift bridge became frayed. A repair contractor and a Coast Guard representative reviewed the bridge’s condition Thursday and recommended repairs be made as soon as possible. Corrective actions are being implemented by the bridge owner to repair the cable to safeguard public health and safety.

No marine traffic will be allowed through the area until repairs are made to the bridge.

The location and clearances of bridges over navigable waterways in the United States are permitted and regulated by the Coast Guard to ensure they do not interfere with navigation. However, the structural integrity of bridges is the sole responsibility of the bridge owner and is regulated by the Federal Highway and Federal Railroad Administrations, not the Coast Guard.

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