CHESAPEAKE, Va. -- The Great Bridge Lock here will temporarily close to navigation in June, during the following time periods:
· June 9-10: closure starts at 7 a.m., June 9 and ends at 5 p.m., June 10
· June 15-19: closures up to four hours between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., each day
· June 22-25: closures up to four hours between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., each day
As a result of the lock closures, the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, Route 1 of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, will also be closed to through-vessel traffic during the time periods listed.
Closures are required to facilitate diving and crane operations to replace one of the deteriorating lock valves with a permanent valve.
Vessels transiting the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway during the closure periods may use the Dismal Swamp Canal, Route 2. The controlling depth of the canal is six feet. The Dismal Swamp Canal locking hours are 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Vessel operators may contact Joel Scussel at 757-201-7642 regarding the Dismal Swamp Canal’s latest project conditions or information on the Albemarle and Chesapeake temporary closure.
During the closures, lock and bridge operators will monitor Channel 13.