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FYI- boaters in Tiverton

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TIVERTON, R.I. -- With construction of the new Sakonnet River Bridge under way, the U.S. Coast Guard has announced the creation of a safe-work zone to ensure boating safety.

The new span will be built immediately south of the old bridge. Construction is expected to be completed in May 2011, the Coast Guard said.

The safe-work zone is intended to let vessels transit safely and to prevent recreational traffic from entering the work zone. Employed in the work are three 250-foot and two 150-foot barges, several tugboats and a temporary floating trestle system that spans the river.

The safe-work zone begins at the old railroad bridge and extends 800 feet south of the old Sakonnet River Bridge. The zone will be marked by white buoys extending from each side of the channel to the shoreline.

A temporary channel is marked with green buoys --- 15A, 15B, and 15C --- on the west side, and red buoys ---16A, 16B, and 16C --- on the east. Vessels transiting the safe-work zone must stay within this channel and proceed at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake, the Coast Guard said.

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