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klem 05-12-2013 08:01 PM

Current Status of Annisquam River Bridges
Does anyone have any beta on the current state of the bridges in the Annisquam? I went through there for the first time of the season today and it was definitely the most nerve wracking trip that I have ever taken through there.

The blynman bridge did not fully open and I probably had 2' on either side of my shrouds to the bridge. Given the amount of current in there, it was a miracle that I didn't hang up on the bridge. The boat behind me was pretty upset as well. I can't seem to find a phone number for the bridge so I am thinking of trying the Gloucester harbormaster and seeing if they know. This could simply be an operating trying to save time or there might be something that is wrong.

The 128 bridge had 6 cables hanging down about 15' apart and probably 25' long. It was not difficult to put the mast between the cables but they were swaying around a bit and if there had been more wind, I could not have done it. They appear to be leftover from construction.

I am hoping that someone knows a bit more about what is going on. For others who don't, please be aware that any sailboat of size would have really struggled to make it through there safely today.

klem 05-14-2013 08:23 PM

Re: Current Status of Annisquam River Bridges
I got some more information so I wanted to provide an update.

Nothing is wrong with the Blynman bridge, apparently the operator simply did not open it all of the way. The person in charge of the bridge has been notified that they did not follow procedure so hopefully the bridge operator will not do this again. For sailboats, they are supposed to always give a full opening.

I also spoke with Mass DOT and they were unaware of the cables on the 128 bridge but said that they would look into it. I have no idea how long this will take but at least the right people now know.

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