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Notice to Mariners: REVISED lift span schedule June 26 to July 31

Attention mariners!    There is one revision to the previous news post on the center lift span schedule.   The following revision has been approved by the U.S. Coast Guard on June 25, 2013.

The center lift span will remain closed from June 30 (9:30 pm) until July 2 (2:00 pm) with these conditions for vessel passage:

  • The draw (center span) may remain in the closed position from 9:30 pm on Sunday, June 30, until 2:00 pm on Tuesday, July 2.   There will be no lifts of the span during this time.  Please note that most pleasure craft and fishing vessels will be able to pass under the bridge.  The channel will remain open at all times to vessels that are able to pass under the bridge clearances.  There will be 28 feet of clearance at mean high water and 36 feet of clearance at mean low water.

This temporary deviation is necessary for Archer Western Contractors to complete the final alignment and adjustments necessary to the recently installed center lift span.

As of July 2, (2:00 pm) the following conditions will occur through July 31, 2013 and the new US-1 Memorial Bridge shall operate as follows:

  • A full bridge opening shall be provided for commercial deep draft vessels at all times, on signal, after a 24-hour advance notice is given by calling the bridge via VHF FM Ch 13.
  • Monday through Friday the draw (center span) shall open for the passage of vessel traffic at 6:30 am, 9:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm, daily.
  • Saturday and Sunday between 6:30 am and 9:30 pm, the draw (center span) shall open on signal once an hour, on the half hour, for the passage of vessel traffic.
  • The draw (center span) shall remain in the full open position from 12:01 am through 11:59 pm, on July 4, 2013.
  • Vessels that can pass under the bridge without a bridge opening may do so at all times.

Questions regarding this deviation may be addressed to LT Megan Drewniak at U.S. Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, 207-741-5421 or

The NHDOT, MaineDOT and Archer Western Contractors greatly appreciate the support of the U.S. Coast Guard and the patience of the mariners over the next few weeks.

The complete Marine Safety Information Bulletin is available by clicking here.

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