Coast Guard urges caution by boaters transiting under the closed Kalan Railroad Bridge

Pictured is the Kalan Railroad Bridge, which remained in the down position after suffering equipment failure, July 19, 2017. The Coast Guard monitored the Union Pacific Railroad Company as they worked to restore the bridge. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Pictured is the Kalan Railroad Bridge, which remained in the down position after suffering equipment failure, July 19, 2017.  U.S. Coast Guard photo.

KENNEWICK — The Coast Guard urges boaters to remain cautious when transiting under the Kalan Railroad Bridge, which has remained in the down position after suffering equipment failure Wednesday.

The Union Pacific Railroad (UPPR) Company reported two crane barges were sent to attempt to lift the bridge and let traffic through, but were stood down after bridge parts became available to fix the problem.

The Coast Guard 13th District Waterways Management Branch continues to monitor the UPPR Company who reported the bridge will be operational at 4 p.m., Saturday.

The closure is affecting three passenger vessels, the SS Legacy, American Empress, and Queen of the West, as well as six commercial vessels.

“While no bridge restrictions have been reported at this time, we urge mariners to be safe and use caution when transiting under the bridge,” said Cmdr. Laura Springer, security specialist at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River. “Vessels taller than 11 feet cannot pass under the bridge and as always, please practice safe operating procedures while out on the water.”

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