Friday, February 22, 2013

Release: Coast Guard reopens southern branch of Elizabeth River

News Release

Coast Guard reopens southern branch of Elizabeth River

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard Captain of the Port for the port of Hampton Roads has rescinded the temporary safety zone on the southern branch of the Elizabeth River in the vicinity of the Gilmerton Bridge, Friday.

The waterway is open to all maritime traffic without restrictions.

Contractors working on the demolition of the old bridge span of the Gilmerton Bridge had uncovered what was reported to be old, unexploded naval ordnance at approximately 9 a.m.

As a precautionary measure, the Captain of the Port closed the waterway to all maritime traffic from Money Point to the I-64 High Rise Bridge while a Navy Explosive Ordnace Disposal team inspected the objects.

For inquiries concerning the unexploded ordnance and the Navy EOD unit contact Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs at 757-322-2853.

For the Virginia Department of Transportation press release regarding the reopening of the bridge, please click here.

Inquires concerning today's investigation and subsequent closure of the Gilmerton Bridge are to be directed to Capt. Scott Saunders of the Chesapeake Fire Department at 757-615-8190.

Date: Feb 22, 2013

Office: (757) 398-6272

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