19A NCAC 02D .0415      GENERAL REGULATIONS FOR DRAWBRIDGES

(a)  This Rule governs operation of drawbridges in North Carolina.  All other drawbridges not specifically noted in this Rule operate under normal Coast Guard regulations which give preference to water-borne traffic.  For purposes of this Rule, the term on signal means the boat operator sounds his signal as defined by standard navigational practices.

(b)  The draw on the bridge on US 17 over the Neuse River at New Bern shall open on signal except that the draw may remain closed from Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for pleasure vessels.  However, the draw shall open at 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. for any vessel waiting to pass.  The draw may remain closed on Sundays and Federal holidays from May 24 through September 8 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for pleasure vessels except that the draw shall open at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. for any vessels waiting to pass.  The draw on this bridge shall always open on signal for public vessels of the United States, State, or local vessels used for public safety, tugs with tows and vessels in distress.

(c)  The draw on the bridge on US 70 Business over the Trent River at New Bern shall open on signal except that the draw may remain closed from Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for pleasure vessels.  However, the draw shall open at 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. for any vessel waiting to pass.  The draw may remain closed on Sundays and Federal holidays from May 24 through September 8 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for pleasure vessels except that the draw shall open on the hour and half hour for any vessels waiting to pass.  The draw on this bridge shall always open on signal for public vessels of the United States, State, or local vessels used for public safety, tugs with tows, and vessels in distress.

(d)  The draw on the US 17B/Perquimans River Bridge at Hertford shall open on signal except that from midnight to 8:00 a.m. from April 1 through September 30, and from 10:00 p.m. through 10:00 a.m., from October 1 through March 31, the draw shall not open for the passage of vessels.

(e)  The bridge on US 17 over the Pamlico River at Washington shall open only upon 24-hour advance notice.

(f)  The bridge on SR 1565 over the Tar River at Grimesland shall open only upon 24-hour advance notice.

(g)  The bridge on US 117-NC 133 over Smith's Creek just north of Wilmington shall open only upon 24-hour advance notice.

(h)  The draw on the bridge on US 70 over Beaufort Channel in Beaufort shall open on signal except that from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. the draw need only open for all vessels on signal every hour on the hour, 20 minutes past the hour, and 40 minutes past the hour; except that on weekdays the bridge need not open at 7:40 a.m., 8:40 a.m., 4:40 p.m., and 5:40 p.m.

(i)  The draw on the NC 50/Intracoastal Waterway Bridge at Surf City shall open on signal, except that from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. the draw shall open for pleasure craft if signaled only on the hour.

(j)  The draw on the bridge on US 74/76 over Intracoastal Waterway at Wrightsville Beach shall open on signal, except that from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. the draw shall open for pleasure craft if signaled only on the hour.

(k)  The draw on the bridge on SR 1172 over Intracoastal Waterway at Sunset Beach shall open on signal, except that from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. the draw shall open for pleasure craft if signaled on the hour from April 1 to November 30.

(l)  The draw of the bridge on US 158 over the Pasquotank River at Elizabeth City shall open on signal; except that between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., and 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, the draw need open only at 7:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. for any pleasure vessels waiting to pass.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 136‑18(5);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2000; April 1, 1999; August 1, 1998; January 1, 1996; November 1, 1993.