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District 1SR Bridges
 
 
 
Tappan Zee Bridge - Hudson River - Photo: Al Olsen Flotilla 10-13
Kosciusko Twin Bridges - Mohawk River - Photo: K. Jacobs Flotilla 77
Marine Parkway Bridge - Jamaica Bay - Photo: V. Kleinman Flotilla 11-12
Spuyten Duyvil Bridge - Harlem River - Photo: Al Olsen Flotilla 10-13
Robert Moses Causway Bridge - Great South Bay - Photo: K.Jacobs Flotilla 77
Morgan Rail Bridge - Cheesequake Creek - Photo: K.Redden Flotilla 21
Smith Point Bridge - Great South Bay - Photo: R. DeMeo Flotilla 18-08
Shinnecock Canal RR Bridge - Photo: R. DeMeo Flotilla 18-08
Rondout Creek Bridge - Photo: C. Fleck Flotilla 20-04
Passaic River RR Bridge - Photo: D.Salt Flotilla 10-02
Sag Harbor Bridge - Photo: J.Manton Flotilla 18-02
Queensboro Bridge - East River - Photo: A.Olsen Flotilla 10-13

1SR Bridge Program

 

Congress St. Bridge - Pequonnock River - Photo: K.Jacobs Flotilla 77The Auxiliary Bridge Program has two main parts:

  1. Bridge Discrepancy Reports - These are reports of problems observed by any BQ Auxiliary member, whether observed while out on patrol, during a day out fishing, or even while just passing a bridge while ashore.
     
  2. Annual Bridge Surveys  - Bridge Surveys  are a yearly comprehensive review and report of a bridge done by certified Aids Verifiers, checking to see that the bridge meets the requirements of its Coast Guard permit.

All BQ Auxiliary members are encourage to report any discrepancies on bridges that they pass to the Coast Guard via the 1SR on-line Bridge Discrepancy Reporting System. These reports allow the staff at the Coast Guard Bridge Branch to contact the bridge owner and get the discrepancy fixed.

While any member should report bridge discrepancies, annual Bridge Surveys are done only by AV qualified members.

 

On-Line Bridge Discrepancy Reporting System

The Bridge Discrepancy Reporting System allows online entry of bridge discrepancy reports and bridge survey reports, and the system provides electronic delivery of the reports to the CG Bridge Office.

In addition, all District 1SR bridges are listed in the online database. Members can see the specifications for any bridge, as well as the recent discrepancy history and actions taken by the CG bridge office. The system is available at this link, and is available now for use in reporting discrepancies  observed on district bridges. The system has online instructions to guide you in the use of the system.

For system security and compliance with the Privacy Act, the system uses the CGAux eDirectory to authenticate member logins.


Reviewing Details For A Bridge

After logging into the system, the user is brought to the main bridge selection screen. On the screen either select one specific division to see the bridges that are already marked as being in that division's AOR, or select "All" to bring up a list of all bridges in the district. Find the bridge you are interested in, and then select "Display Details".

That will display the information in the database for that bridge, including its recent discrepancy history. You can input updates/corrections to that data by selecting "Report Discrepancy" for that bridge on the main bridge selection screen.
 


Reporting Discrepancies On A Bridge.

After logging into the system, the user is brought to the main bridge selection screen. On the screen either select one specific division to see the bridges that are already marked as being in that division's AOR, or select "All" to bring up a list of all bridges in the district. Find the bridge you are interested in, and then select "Report Discrepancy".

That will bring you to the information update screen where you can enter discrepancies or updates for almost any field in that bridge's record. Any discrepancy report must include a through and complete text description of the problem found, written in enough detail to allow the bridge office staff to get a complete picture of the problem.

When finished entering all new data, click on "Submit" on the bottom of the screen. This will save your data (you will get an e-mailed acknowledgement) and then send a notice to the district ATON staff that your report is ready to process. When your report has been processed, you will again get an e-mailed notification of the processing results.

For any report of extinguished lights on a bridge, a simple report using this system and clearly identify just which lights are involved is sufficient. For any other initial problem report other than extinguished light, a photograph is required. A picture speaks a thousand words, and it allows the bridge office staff to see exactly what the discrepancy is that is being reported. Pictures should be e-mailed to the address on the bottom of the update screen.

Any member can report discrepancies observed on a bridge. The Coast Guard cannot order the bridge owners to correct a problem unless it is reported so they find out about it. As such, all coxswains and boat crew members are encouraged to check each bridge they are near while on patrol, and use the reporting system to report any problems observed.

The main items to look for on any bridge are:

  1. Condition and operation of all lights (must be observed after legal sundown).

  2. Condition of fendering system (if present).

  3. Legibility of clearance gauges and regulatory sign (if required).

  4. Anything that hangs down from the bridge, or extends out from the fenders that could contact a boat/ship in the channel.

Any questions or problems with the system should be addressed to DSO-NS Al Olsen.
 

 
Remember - Two Reports!
  • The Discrepancy Reports gets the problem reported to the gold side.
  • The 7030 (Unit/Individual) gets the activity into AuxData.

Do not list your PATON activity on the boat's 7030 (Boat) - the boat report is for the crew's on-water time, not your bridge activity.
 

Bridge Program Forms and Manuals

Online Bridge Discrepancy Reporting System
This is the preferred method of submitting bridge reports.
Bridge Discrepancy Report Form
This report should be used if you cannot access the online reporting system.
How To Check a Bridge Bridge Survey Report Form
This report should be used if you cannot access the online reporting system.
Bridge Administration Manual
COMDTINST M16590.5C
District 1SR Bridge Training Manual
USCG Bridge Lighting Manual USCG Bridge Clearance Guide
 
 

 

 

Hamilton Bridge - Harlem River -  Photo: Ken Jacobs Flotilla 77 Brooklyn Bridge - Photo: Al Olsen Flotilla 10-13 Rt.3 Eastbound - Hackensack River - Photo: D. Salt Flotilla 10-02 Shinnecock Canal Bridge - Photo: R. DeMeo Flotilla 18-08


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