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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

Overview/Timeline

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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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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.

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.

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