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6-knot speed limit now being enforced in the area of the Nice/Middleton Bridge
Nice Middleton Bridge
Lt. Governor's Visit to the Nice Middleton Bridge Project
6-knot speed limit now being enforced in the area of the Nice/Middleton Bridge
Nice Middleton Bridge
Lt. Governor's Visit to the Nice Middleton Bridge Project

Nice/Middleton Bridge Project - Construction

Construction began in July 2020 with driving concrete foundation piles in the Potomac River.

Construction impacts on drivers and boaters are anticipated to be minimal because the new bridge is being built alongside the old bridge and the navigational channel will remain open and marked at all times.

The new bridge is expected to open in early 2023, at which time the old bridge will be torn down, a process that will carry into 2024.

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SAFETY/VA - MD – Potomac River – Dahlgren and vicinity (Chart 12287)/ATON/SEC MD-NCR BNM 224-21

  1. The Coast Guard has established a temporary Safety Zone on the Potomac River during critical construction operations at the New Harry W. Nice / Thomas Mac Middleton (US 301) Bridge scheduled from 20 Sep 21 through 31 Dec 21.
     
  2. The Safety Zone includes all navigable waters of the Potomac River, encompassed by a line connecting the following points: beginning at 38-21-50.96 N, 076-59-22.04 W, thence south to 38-21-43.08 N, 076-59-20.55 W, thence west to 38-21-41.00 N, 076-59-34.90 W, thence north to 38-21-48.90 N, 076-59-36.80 W, and east back to the beginning point, located between Charles county, MD and King George County, VA.

    This Safety Zone will be enforced from 7 AM on 20 Sep 21 through 8 PM on 24 Sep 21, then 7 AM to 8 PM, Monday through Saturday, 25 Sep 21 through 16 Oct 21, then 7 AM on 18 Oct 21 through 8 PM on 22 Oct 21, and then 7 AM to 8 PM, Monday through Saturday, 23 Oct 21 through 31 Dec 21, with the exception of 25 Nov 21 and 25 Dec 21.
     

  3. Under the General Safety Zone Regulations in Subpart C of 33 CFR Part 165, you may not enter the safety zone unless authorized by the COTP or the COTP’s designated representative. To see permission to enter, contact the COTP or the CPTP’s designated representative by telephone number 410-576-2693 or on Marine Band Radio VHF-FM Channel 16. Those in the safety zone must comply with all lawful orders or directions given to them by the COTP or the COTP’s designated representative. The U.S. Coast Guard may be assisted in the patrol and enforcement of the safety zone for Federal, State, and local agencies. This Safety Zone will be enforced during the period described with a Bridge Work – Danger Stay Away sign facing the northern and southern approaches of the navigation channel that will be posted on the sides of the marine equipment on-scene within the location of this Safety Zone.
     
  4. Vessel traffic not required to use this section of the Federal Navigation Channel may be able to safely transit around the Safety Zone outside the Federal Navigation Channel, but do so at their own discretion.
USCG Fifth District Local Notice to Mariners – MD-VA-Potomac River-Dahlgren and Vicinity – Safety Zone

To facilitate critical heavy lift operations at the new Gov. Harry W. Nice/Sen. Thomas “Mac” Middleton Memorial (US-301) Bridge, between Charles County, MD and King George County, VA, the Coast Guard will establish a temporary safety zone for certain navigable waters of the Potomac River, from June 14, 2021 through June 19, 2021.  During this period, the federal navigation channel at this bridge will be restricted.  Vessel traffic not required to use this section of the federal navigation channel may be able to safely transit around the safety zone under the next bridge span to the east of the federal navigation channel, but do so at their own discretion.  The safety zone will cover all navigable waters of the Potomac River, encompassed by a line connecting the following points beginning at 38°21′50.5″ N, 076°59′25.6″ W, thence south to 38°21′42.6″ N, 076°59′23.8″ W, thence west to 38°21′41.0″ N, 076°59′34.9″ W, thence north to 38°21′48.9″ N, 076°59′36.8″ W, and east back to the beginning point, located between Charles County, MD and King George County, VA.  These coordinates are based on datum NAD 83.  This safety zone will be enforced from 7 a.m. on June 14, 2021, through 9 p.m. on June 19, 2021.  A “BRIDGE WORK—DANGER—STAY AWAY” sign facing the northern and southern approaches of the navigation channel will be posted on the sides of the marine equipment on-scene within the location described in this paragraph.  Under the general safety zone regulations in subpart C of 33 CFR part 165, you may not enter the safety zone unless authorized by the COTP or the COTP's designated representative.  The COTP or the COTP’s representative can be contacted either by telephone number 410-576-2693 or on Marine Band Radio VHF-FM channel 16.  Those in the safety zone must comply with all lawful orders or directions given to them by the COTP or the COTP’s designated representative.  The U.S. Coast Guard may be assisted in the patrol and enforcement of the safety zone by Federal, State, and local agencies.  The Coast Guard will issue a Broadcast Notice to Mariners via VHF-FM marine band radio about the status of the safety zone.  Interested persons can contact U.S. Coast Guard Sector Maryland-NCR Waterways Management Division at telephone number (410) 576-2674 or (410) 576-2693.

USCG Fifth District Local Notice to Mariners – Potomac River Bridge Construction

Construction on the Lower Potomac River - Harry W. Nice/Thomas “Mac” Middleton (US 301) Bridge – Construction commenced in May 2020, with completion estimated in November 2024. Work is scheduled from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, with limited work outside these hours for special operations. To facilitate bridge construction, a barge loading facility was constructed off of the Maryland shore approximately 200 feet and a work trestle will be located north of the existing bridge extending outward from the Virginia shore to approximately 320 feet. A vertical clearance of 135 feet above mean high water and horizontal clearance of 250 feet will be maintained throughout construction. Detailed project information and information, including any waterway restrictions or closures, will be provided via website www.newnicebridge.com and updated Coast Guard local notice to mariners and broadcast notice to mariners. Marine equipment on site include floating platforms with 100-foot tall mounted man-lifts. To ensure the safety of workers during crane picks well in excess of 100 tons on a daily basis, mariners are urged to operate at the minimum speed necessary to maintain safe course that produces no wake near work platforms and barges while approaching the work site. Interested mariners can contact the vessels CAPT KENNETH, GAIL, CAPTAIN MAC, or CLYDESDALE via marine band radio VHF-FM channels 13 and 16 when actively working on the river, or for information can call Jay Musser or Chris Brown of Skanska-Corman-McLean, Joint Venture, at 443-392- 8089 or 757-297-4796.

USCG Mariner Alert VA - MD – Potomac River – Lower Cedar Point to Mattawoman Creek – Nice/Middleton Bridge Construction

Bridge replacement operations are scheduled to continue adjacent to the Federal Navigation Channel at the New Harry W. Nice / Thomas “Mac” Middleton (US 301) Bridge on the Potomac River in Newburg, MD through November 2024.  A new 6-knot speed limit is now being enforced for 0.5 nautical miles north and south of the bridge.  Wakes from speeding boats can create major hazards for construction operations and workers.  Mariners are reminded to heed the speed limit markers established by the State of Maryland when transiting the area, so that wake does not affect the platforms and barges at the work site.  For more information, visit www.nicemiddletonbridge.com or call 888-994-1415.

USCG Mariner Alert VA - MD – Potomac River – Lower Cedar Point to Mattawoman Creek (Chart 12288)

Steel pile driving operations are scheduled to continue adjacent to the Federal Navigation Channel at the New Harry W. Nice / Thomas “Mac” Middleton (US 301) Bridge on the Potomac River in Newburg, MD through April 2, 2021. 

 Bridge construction will occur 7 days per week, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Large vessels in transit that require use of the Federal Navigation Channel during the work period described, must provide at least 24 hours advanced notice to either Mr. Mike Baker at (443) 286-1780 or Mr. Brent Hunt at (757) 544-3964.  Mariners are reminded to heed the speed limit markers established by the State of Maryland when transiting the area, so that wake does not affect the platforms and barges at the work site.

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