Coast Guard seeks input on proposed aids to navigation changes in Lynnhaven Inlet

Broad Bay Channel Day Beacon 18 (LLNR 10420) located in Broad Bay, Virginia Beach on July 9th, 2018. (Coast Guard Photograph by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brooks Carey)

Broad Bay Channel Day Beacon 18 (LLNR 10420) located in Broad Bay, Virginia Beach. (Coast Guard Photograph by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brooks Carey)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard 5th District is seeking public input on proposed changes to aids to navigation in Long Creek, Broad Bay and Lynnhaven Inlet due to significant shoaling and navigational safety concerns.

The Coast Guard, working with our partners, Norfolk District US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the City of Virginia Beach, is proposing to replace the current aids to navigation that are no longer accessible due to the shoaling or have exceeded their service life, with buoys that can be repositioned to continue to best mark these waterways as part of the maintenance dredging that is tentatively scheduled to be completed by the USACE in the first quarter of 2019.

The proposed changes were announced on July 3rd in a local notice to mariners issued by the Coast Guard 5th District Waterways management staff and can be viewed here.  The Lynnhaven Inlet proposed changes are located on pages 19 and 20 on the local notice to mariners.

Anyone interested in providing feedback is requested to do so by using the U. S. Coast Guard Fifth District Waterway Data Sheet, available online at https://cgne.ws/2JweMt3.

All comments will be carefully considered and are requested to be submitted prior to Aug. 13, 2018 in order to be considered in the analysis.

Comments can be sent to CGD5Waterways@uscg.mil or mailed to:

U.S. Coast Guard Fifth District, Waterways Management (dpw), 431 Crawford Street, Room 100, Portsmouth, VA 23704, Attn: Albert Grimes, Chart 12222, 12254

Mariners in Virginia are encouraged to report shoaling and damaged aids to navigation to the Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Command center at: (757) 668-5555.

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