SEC VA MSIB 201-23 Great Bridge Lock - Temporary Operating Schedule **UPDATE**

united states coast guard

Sector Virginia
Marine Safety Information Bulletin

(757) 374-3408

MSIB 201-23

May 9, 2023

Great Bridge Lock - Temporary Operating Schedule

**This MSIB cancels/replaces MSIB 162-23**

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report the following: Due to an electrical infrastructure malfunction at the Great Bridge facility, the lock is being operated on generator power.

Until permanent repairs can be made, lockings will occur every other hour (12 lockings, to accommodate both northbound and southbound transits, per 24-hour period). The times of the northbound transits of the lock provided by the operators are as follows:

2 a.m.
4 a.m.
6 a.m.
8 a.m.
10 a.m.
2 p.m.
4 p.m.
6 p.m.
8 p.m.
10 p.m. 

Southbound transits of the lock will occur roughly 20 minutes after each Northbound transit.

Vessels drafting less than 6 feet are encouraged to utilize the Dismal Swamp Canal for transit. All attempts will be made to reduce the impacts to vessels transiting the Albermarle and Chesapeake Canal, however, minor delays should be anticipated.

Should you have any concerns regarding this matter contact United States Coast Guard Sector at or reach out to Great Bridge Lock operators at 757-547-3311 or Marine Channel 13.