TREASURE ISLAND Ė The Coast Guard is modifying the operating schedule that governs the Treasure Island Causeway Bridge, effective Sept. 2.
Changing the schedule from on demand to three times an hour during the week and twice an hour on the weekends will reduce vehicle traffic issues caused by the bridge openings while providing for the reasonable needs of navigation.
The drawbridge will open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the top of the hour, at :20 and at :40 Monday through Friday and at :15 and :45 on Saturday, Sunday and federal holidays.
The Coast Guard does not anticipate longer bridge opening periods due to an accumulation of vessels, since the bridge currently opens less than twice an hour on average.
The Treasure Island Bridge is a double-leaf bascule bridge that provides a vertical clearance of 21 feet in the closed position.
The city of Treasure Island requested a change to the regulation due to an increase in vehicle traffic in this area. Based on the bridge logs, this bridge opens on average less than twice an hour on signal. Fewer scheduled openings at regular intervals between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. would reduce the vehicle traffic back-ups caused by the opening of the bridge.