Thursday, March 15, 2012
Did you see the Coast Guard vessel in the local waters Thursday afternoon?
A U.S. Coast Guard vessel was stationed in the Tiverton basin Thursday afternoon doing routine maintenance, according to Tiverton's harbormaster. Dave Vannier said not to be alarmed. The Coast Guard is cleaning the red and green buoys as part of annual routine maintenance. He said the patrol boat will pull the cans up, clean the barnacles off the chains and block and drops it back into place.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Patch rode along with the United States Coast Guard Wednesday morning as they lay new buoys in the Sakonnet River for the temporary channel.
Members of the United States Coast Guard patrolled the Sakonnet River near the Route 24 bridge on Wednesday, creating the new temporary passage on the western, Portsmouth side. Also taking place this week, Cardi Corporation moved its barges and cranes into the center channel to begin construction of the center span of the new bridge, slated to be completed next spring. The main river channel will be closed for one month, which began this past Tuesday, Sept 6. Chief Petty Officer Gregg Marsili drove one of the Coast Guard patrol boats, along with Chief Petty Officer Mark Chartier and Petty Officer Nicholas Rago. They placed a buoy, number 15B, at a crucial section underneath the Portsmouth side of the bridge, where vessels entering have to …
Monday, September 5, 2011
The temporary channel will accommodate passage for most boats.
Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 6, the main channel for the Sakonnet River at the Route 24 bridge will be closed to mariners for one month. It is to allow Cardi Corporation and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) to place its barges and cranes in the center channel to continue the new bridge construction. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, a temporary channel will be established on the west side of the Sakonnet River by the old and new Route 24 bridges, and the channel is scheduled to open to vessel traffic on Sept. 8, 2011. Coast Guard vessels will be installing buoys and other aids to navigation to mark the temporary channel over tomorrow and Wednesday. The following navigation safety measures will apply in the …
Saturday, August 27, 2011
The Department of Transportation and Cardi Corporation are monitoring the Sakonnet Bridge as Hurricane Irene approaches.
Residents planning to stick out Hurricane Irene or evacuate should keep a constant eye on weather channels on television as well as the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) and Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) websites. On Friday, RIDOT officials said they will follow the procedure of the Rhode Island Bridge and Turnpike Authority regarding access for motorists to the Sakonnet River Bridge. When winds reach 70 miles per hour, the Newport Pell and Jamestown-Verrazzano bridges will be shut down to traffic. RIDOT spokesman Charles St. Martin said on Friday there are "defined criteria" for the authority, RIDOT and state police to follow to close the Sakonnet and Mount Hope Bridges to traffic. Ultimately, it's the …
Thursday, August 25, 2011
The Coast Guard proposed the temporary passage at a hearing on Wednesday night.
A temporary, one-way shipping lane is slated to be opened on the western side of the Sakonnet River channel once Cardi Corporation moves forward with placing steel girders in the center of the river for the new bridge. Closing the main shipping channel is proposed for one month. However, based on feedback from a public hearing about the closure, held at Tiverton High School Wednesday, as well as the impending impact of Hurricane Irene this weekend, the date of starting that closure could change. The United States Coast Guard will also take the public’s feedback to tweak its map of the temporary channel, which will be distributed to the public. Nearly 50 people – residents and waterfront business owners of the Sakonnet River – attended …
Thursday, August 18, 2011
They are proposing temporary shipping channel for vessels to use during 30-day new bridge construction period.
The United States Coast Guard on Wednesday issued a late afternoon announcement that a public meeting has been scheduled to discuss the potential temporary closure of the Sakonnet River waterway. The notice comes after a closed door meeting Wednesday morning between the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) and the contractor for building the new Sakonnet River Bridge, Cardi Corporation. A public meeting on the issue will be held next Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. at Tiverton High School, at 100 North Brayton Road. The Coast Guard is seeking comments on potential impacts to vessels and businesses during the height of the new bridge's construction. It is being built closely alongside the existing Sakonnet Bridge, which spans …
Friday, June 24, 2011
This weekend's nationwide campaign involving the Coast Guard and local law enforcement hopes to deter risky behavior ahead of the Fourth of July weekend--when most alcohol-related boating accidents and fatalities occur.
New England Coast Guard units along with marine law enforcement officers from local and state boating agencies will be out in force this weekend for Operation Dry Water, an annual campaign that aims to reduce boating under the influence (BUI) of alcohol or drugs, according to an announcement issued by the Coast Guard Public Affairs Office. Across the United States, thousands of local, state and federal marine law enforcement officers will create a visible presence on the water in hopes of deterring boaters from engaging in the risky behavior typically seen on the long Fourth of July holiday weekend, a holiday known for drinking and boating, as well as for deadly boating accidents, according to the Coast Guard. "Our message is a simple one…