The following is info from the USCG regarding an incident at the Ben Sawyer bridge and instructs individuals to send a "written, first hand account" on the incident including all details and the problem should be fixed. Phone
calls are discouraged and probably will not bring any results.
Bridges in South Carolina fall under the jurisdiction of the 7th Coast Guard District bridge office. The name address of the chief of the office is:
As you can see in the Federal Regulations
for that bridge (33cfr117.911), except for weekday rush hours, and Saturday and Sunday hourly openings, that bridge is required
to open “on signal”:
Outside of the periods of restricted operation shown above, 33cfr117.5 says:
While most bridge tenders are courteous and professional in doing their jobs, occasionally we find the rogue operator like this one. The only way to get that fixed is to get written complaints sent to the CG district bridge office – in this case the office in Miami
. When boaters complain to each other, nothing will happen. When they complain to the Coast Guard about a bridge tender
violating the federal bridge regulations
, then the C.G. will get the bridge owner (i.e., the bridge tender’s bosses!) to fix the problem.
Please note that a verbal phone complain is not worth the paper that it is written on! Any boater experiencing problems at the Ben Sawyer bridge really needs to put the complaint in writing – either an e-mail or snail mail will do. First person or direct witness complaints will cause action – I wouldn’t bother sending in third person (hearsay) complaints.