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Boca Raton: Boca Inlet bridge to limit openings for boaters

Materials and tarps cover both of the unmoveable portions of the bridge over the Boca Raton Inlet in late August. The bridge is getting a cleaning and new paint. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

Tall ships, beware!

The bridge over the Boca Raton Inlet, which is being repainted, will have restricted daytime access for boaters starting Sept. 8 through Sept. 28, the Florida Department of Transportation says. Boats that need the bridge raised on weekdays can only transit the inlet before 7 a.m., after 5:30 p.m. and during three scheduled 30-minute openings: at 10 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m.

“Vessels that may pass through the bridge without an opening may do so at any time,” the U.S. Coast Guard added.

In addition, the bridge vertical clearance will be reduced from 22.1 feet to 20.1 feet, the FDOT said. The bridge will operate on its normal schedule from 5:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily and on weekends and may open for emergencies at any time.

It remains closed to land traffic. Vehicles and pedestrians are being detoured to Federal Highway via Palmetto Park Road and Hillsboro Boulevard.

The repainting is scheduled to be finished in late fall.

—Steve Plunkett

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