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UNITED STATES COAST GUARD ISSUES 'NOTICE TO MARINERS' IN SUPPORT OF GROSSE ILE PARKWAY BRIDGE CLOSUR

The Grosse Ile Parkway Bridge was officially closed to vehicular traffic as of 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. It was originally anticipated that there would be a brief overlap with the Jefferson Avenue Bridge project; however, the Jefferson Avenue Bridge was fully re-opened prior to the closure of the Parkway Bridge.

As a result of the closure, a Notice to Mariners has been broadcasted by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) regarding changes to the marine traffic schedule and clearances. These changes have been put into effect for the safety of the onsite construction personnel.

Most notably the following changes are in effect for marine traffic:

· The bridge will only operate with a two (2) hour advance notice of arrival between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. daily. Mariners must contact the bridge tender on Marine Channel 16. (This is for both commercial and recreational, the bridge will no longer open on the :15 and :45 of each hour from 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.)

· Scaffolding will be in place under the bridge, extending no more than five (5) feet below low steel, there will be lights in place to warn mariners; however, those recreational vehicles that normally pass under the bridge without a need for opening should take extra caution ensuring that they account for a reduction in the vertical clearance under the bridge. If these recreational vehicles are no longer able to pass under the bridge due to the scaffolding, they must call for a bridge opening, following the procedure for the two (2) hour call ahead.

Full details regarding the marine changes are attached. For additional updates and questions, the public can contact the Wayne County Roads Division at 888.ROAD CREW or residents and visitors can subscribe to email notifications of bridge updates, construction and maintenance updates and news in their communities via waynecounty.com (https://www.waynecounty.com/departments/publicservices/roads/road-construction-updates.aspx).

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