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Old 01-05-2017, 10:17 AM   #1
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Default New River Railroad Bridge Closing for 2 Weeks

FYI, Not looking good for those people behind the New River Railroad Bridge, including myself for the 2 weeks in February. See Below from City of Fort Lauderdale:

"All Aboard Florida will be closing the New River Bridge, located just west of and downriver from the Andrews Avenue Bridge, beginning Feb. 11th at 12:01 a.m. through Feb. 23 at 12:01 a.m. to rehabilitate the bridge in preparation for the Brightline passenger rail service. The bridge will remain in the locked down position throughout the closure.

The attached Media Advisory and Frequently Asked Questions document provides more details. You may also visit www.fortlauderdale.gov or www.allaboardflorida.com for more information.

Please direct all questions to Ali Soule, Public Affairs Manager, All Aboard Florida, at [email protected] or 305-520-2105.

Thanks and I hope you're having a wonderful day."

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Old 01-05-2017, 11:16 AM   #2
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You're screwed. FEC/AAF doesn't give a crap about anyone except their greedy selves. Expect their "2 weeks" to be extended.
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wow this sucks.... Looks like I won't be fishing for at least two weeks.
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No one can pass or it just won't be raised?
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Old 01-05-2017, 12:32 PM   #5
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No one can pass or it just won't be raised?
According to the article, I don't think it will be raised, but if you know the bridge, you have to be pretty skinny to go under. I would say approximately 4 foot of clearance...
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Good luck passing unless you're on a kayak, that's a really low bridge.
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According to the article, I don't think it will be raised, but if you know the bridge, you have to be pretty skinny to go under. I would say approximately 4 foot of clearance...
Yikes, I've passed through it dozens of times but can't say I've ever seen it closed, or paid much attention to it other than the sign with the time.
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This is just the beginning as when all aboard starts running passengers to the big mouse,and FEC starts running more freight from Port Everglades this bridge will be rised more in one week than it has in years. To raise to an unrestricted clearance,the ramp would have to start at st Rd 84 and ending at sunrise Blvd. This would bypass the new station. It's all about big money, and money from the government for free improvements to a aging railroad track . My property values just took a beating as I own on the river.
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This is just the beginning as when all aboard starts running passengers to the big mouse,and FEC starts running more freight from Port Everglades this bridge will be rised more in one week than it has in years. To raise to an unrestricted clearance,the ramp would have to start at st Rd 84 and ending at sunrise Blvd. This would bypass the new station. It's all about big money, and money from the government for free improvements to a aging railroad track . My property values just took a beating as I own on the river.
Sucks to see this happen, hopefully they have a good schedule I wonder how all of the big marinas west of that bridge will move their boats.
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Coast Guard authorizes Ft. Lauderdale New River waterway to close for 12 days in February

Posted on Jan 4, 2017 by Dorie Cox in News | 1 Comment

By Dorie Cox
The U.S. Coast Guard has authorized the closure of the New River to navigation west of downtown Ft. Lauderdale from Feb. 11 to 23 during maintenance of the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) railroad bridge.
“The deviation to the bridge operating schedule is necessary to perform major bridge repairs,” USCG spokesman Jonathan Lally said today. “And this deviation allows the bridge to remain in closed-to-navigation position.”
The maintenance is part of All Aboard Florida, a high-speed passenger rail service to run between Miami and Orlando, using the Brightline train service.
“This temporary closure is necessary to avoid longer closures in the future,” Lally said. “We’re working closely with the construction company and local mariners to minimize impact to local waterway users.”
Current work on the bridge includes replacement of the machinery and electrical system and minor rehabilitation of the steel. And work during the navigation closure includes milling the two outer trunnions in place and removal of the trunnion base for repair off-site. The trunnion milling work will be performed 24 hours per day until completed, according to a statement from All Aboard Florida.
The river is closed to navigation from 12:01 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 11 through 12:01 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 23.
For more information contact:
All Aboard Florida www.allaboardflorida.com and Ali Soule, public affairs manager, +1 305-520-2105.
USCG 7th Coast Guard District Public Affairs, 305-415-6683
USCG Local Notice to Marinerswww.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/lnms/lnm07012017.pdf
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This whole project is a travesty. I guess if you've got the draft, you can take the Dania cut off all the way out but that would take forever.
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Wait til the trains runs, you'll be stuuuccckkk. I live in WPB and have read their plans. I'd move or consider trailer, seriously.
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Wait til the trains runs, you'll be stuuuccckkk. I live in WPB and have read their plans. I'd move or consider trailer, seriously.
What are they saying as far as how long it will be down for prior to the train coming and after the train has left?

From what I understand and not sure this is true, but this railroad bridge is operated remotely from somewhere way up north like Jacksonville. Generally seems like now they close it 20 minutes prior to a train coming in, but then opens up immediately after. Have been stuck a few times, but hasn't been all that bad.

What are they saying for these trains and how many do they plan on running? Guess might have to time leaving the dock based on the train schedule.
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What are they saying as far as how long it will be down for prior to the train coming and after the train has left?

From what I understand and not sure this is true, but this railroad bridge is operated remotely from somewhere way up north like Jacksonville. Generally seems like now they close it 20 minutes prior to a train coming in, but then opens up immediately after. Have been stuck a few times, but hasn't been all that bad.

What are they saying for these trains and how many do they plan on running? Guess might have to time leaving the dock based on the train schedule.
For your sake I hope it's not 20 mins per train, below per website:
3-4 trains will run each hour from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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For your sake I hope it's not 20 mins per train, below per website:
3-4 trains will run each hour from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
I predict the trains will be mostly empty.

AAF is a Fools Folly. If AAF management was pinocchio, their noses would reach all the way to Orlando.
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I'm up the north branch, past the swing bridge. We're screwed. "ocean access with no fixed bridges" will be a lie on my house listing in the future.Gonna have to take the poling platform off the skiff if I want dinner at the Downtowner again. Quality of life here in Lauderdale continues on a steady downward spiral....
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I predict the trains will be mostly empty.

AAF is a Fools Folly. If AAF management was pinocchio, their noses would reach all the way to Orlando.
I agree 100%
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I'm up the north branch, past the swing bridge. We're screwed. "ocean access with no fixed bridges" will be a lie on my house listing in the future.Gonna have to take the poling platform off the skiff if I want dinner at the Downtowner again. Quality of life here in Lauderdale continues on a steady downward spiral....
Seriously. It ain't like it used to be. It's unfortunate because I love this town.
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I read this in the paper yesterday. It sucks for the people behind the bridge, but it's only for 2 weeks.

In my boating history, I've been past that bridge at least hundred times, and I only had to wait for a train once!
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I predict the trains will be mostly empty.

AAF is a Fools Folly. If AAF management was pinocchio, their noses would reach all the way to Orlando.
I agree
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