Coast Guard announces temporary deviation schedule to Metro North Walk Bridge

1st Coast Guard District News
NEW YORK – The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Metro North Walk Bridge in Norwalk, Connecticut.

The deviation is necessary to facilitate necessary repairs to the electrical and mechanical operating systems on the bridge. This temporary deviation authorizes the bridge to open after an eight-hour advance notice is given under the revised operating schedule.

Under this temporary deviation in effect from July 4, 2014 through December 31, 2014, the Metro North Walk Bridge shall open after at least an eight-hour advance notice is given as follows:

  1. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a maximum of one opening each day Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
  2. From 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., a maximum of two openings each night, starting on Monday at 9 p.m. through Friday at 3 a.m. including holidays.
  3. From 9 p.m. Fridays to 3 a.m. Mondays, including holidays.
  4. For emergencies only at all other times.
  5. A delay of up to 20 minutes may be expected if a train is approaching so closely that it may not be safely stopped.

Vessels that can pass under the bridge in the closed position may still do so at any time. The bridge has a vertical clearance in the closed position of 16 feet at mean high water and 23 feet at mean low water.

Vessel operators will be notified of these changes to the bridge operating schedule through a Local Notice to Mariners publication and a Safety Marine Information Broadcast issued by the Coast Guard so that vessels can arrange their transits to minimize any impact caused by the temporary deviation.

In accordance with 33 CFR 117.35 (e), the drawbridge must return to its regular operating schedule immediately at the end of the effective period of this temporary deviation.

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