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FEC Railroad Bridge09/09/2014

FEC Railroad Bridge

The FEC Railroad Bridge in downtown Jacksonville is currently locked in the down position. We will post more information below as we get it. You can also call the bridge on VHF channel 9 for the latest bad news:

As of 4:30 PM Monday November 3, 2014 Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) issued the following statement:

Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) will be finalizing major repairs to the mechanical operating system of the railroad bridge across the St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville, Florida from 8:00am Friday, November 14th thru 6:00pm Friday, November 21st 2014.

During this entire period of time the movable span on the bridge will be in the locked down position to facilitate the mechanical component change out. This operation will unfortunately prohibit larger boats from being able to pass thru the deep-water opening. FECR is making every effort to shorten this outage, including working crews 24 hours a day during this period. Once this work is completed the current operating restrictions on the bridge should be lifted and the bridge will return to its normal operating procedure. For further information: Debra Phillips, Office: 904-538-6110, Cell: 904-955-1008

As of 12 noon Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 we learned the following two things from COJs Waterways Coordinator:

1. The bridge will operate on a normal schedule and will be open all day on the dates mentioned below, unless there is a train. Air Show- Oct 24- 26 Georgia Florida weekend- Oct 30-Nov.1 Light Boat Parade- Nov 29th

2. “The Florida East Coast Railroad has request that the Coast Guard consider a request to allow the Railroad Bridge across the St Johns River to be closed for a period of 8 days as follows:
The Florida East Coast Railway is requesting a bridge outage on the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida. During this work outage the bridge will be in the locked down position with no boat traffic being able to pass thru the opening. However smaller boats may use the small boat span if they desire. This outage will start on Friday November 14, 2014 at 8:00 AM and continue till Friday November 21, 2014 till 6:00 PM. The Railway will be doing heavy machinery repairs during this bridge outage.
The closure will allow FEC to finish repairing this bridge so that it fully functional and will no longer be on the temporary operating schedule the mariners are currently subject to.
This conflicts with no Game day or special events.”

As of 2:00 PM Thursday September 18th, 2014 COJs Waterways Coordinator reports the following info he received from the USCG: “The bridge will be open all day on Sunday with the exception of when the trains run – this should help boaters wanting to attend the Jaguars game.”

As of 4:30 PM Wednesday September 17th, 2014 COJs Waterways Coordinator reports the following info he received from FECs Vice President of Corporate Communications:
“Florida East Coast Railroad has made the necessary repairs to its railroad bridge across the St Johns River in Jacksonville and is now able to return it to safe operations.
However, the bridge will have to be placed on a limited opening schedule to ensure that it continues to function properly until an additional, permanent repair is made in 8-10 weeks.
The bridge will remain open to navigation from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at all other times the bridge will be closed to navigation.”

This weekend schedule in particular makes life difficult (at best) for boaters planning on attending weekend Jaguars games. Hopefully, public pressure will result in a change to the schedule…

Local news coverage from the evening of 9/16/14 Here

As of 12 Noon Tuesday September 16th, 2014 COJs Waterways Coordinator States the following: “FEC has advised as of today the FEC railroad bridge over the St. Johns is scheduled to be repaired by close of business Friday.”

As of 11:00 AM Tuesday September 16th, 2014 there are reports that FEC is working on a limited bridge opening schedule while repairs are underway and may have that out soon.

As of 9:30 AM Wednesday September 10th, 2014 the USCG is reporting “…that there are two main gears broken and they are unable to operate bridge by any means”. We also know that:

• Experts are on the scene
• A barge with a crane has been mobilized
• Parts have been acquired
USCG will provide additional updates once they have a better assessment of the needed repairs and that they plan to adjust the timeline as they receive more info.