Warning of the potential for “catastrophic damage” to the Bonner Bridge, the Coast Guard has assumed broader power to regulate boat traffic in Oregon Inlet.
The Coast Guard said new rules allowing quick action were necessary because vessels routinely run between unprotected pilings south of the marked channel, which is essentially closed because of shoaling.
As a “temporary regulated navigation area,” the inlet will be subject to limits on the tonnage and draft of vessels if conditions increase the risks to the bridge.
The Captain of the Port will make the decision. A notice in the Federal Register said limits can be imposed without advance warning if the risk is immediate.