Published Feb. 10, 2014

The Great Bridge Lock, located in Chesapeake, Virginia, will be closed to navigation between the hours of 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014.

The Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, Route 1 of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, will be closed to through vessel traffic during this time period.  Closure is required to facilitate the changing of lock gates at the Great Bridge facility.

Vessels desiring to transit the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway during the closure 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., 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.

Vessel operators may contact Mr. Joel Scussel at 757-201-7642 regarding the Dismal Swamp Canal’s latest project conditions or the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal closure.  Lock and bridge operators will monitor Channel 13.