Coast Guard establishes safety zone on Columbia River

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Coast Guard established a safety zone Sunday on the Columbia River during a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers channel improvement project between Warrior Point and Bachelor Point near St. Helens, Ore.

The Coast Guard Captain of the Port, Portland, Ore., established the safety zone from Duck Club Light 6, east across to Bachelor Island, downstream following the shoreline to Austin Point and across the river to Warrior Point, due to blasting of the river bed with explosives.

All mariners are advised that the channel will be narrowed down to one lane in the safety zone and no passing or overtaking will be allowed.

The on-scene safety boat must be contacted prior to transiting the waterway and can be reached for passing information and other requests at (503) 396-9893 or VHF-FM channel 16. Access to the Columbia River from Lake River and Lewis River will be allowed with the permission of the Captain of the Port, Portland, via the safety boat.

This project is scheduled to continue through Feb. 28, 2010. For additional information contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, at (503) 808-5150 or e-mail DLL-CENWPQuestions@nwp01.usace.army.mil.

Detailed information and blasting schedule is available at www.crci-project.info/.

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