ICW - Virginia

The minimum overhead clearance for all fixed bridges over the Virginia portion of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway is 65 feet.

The Federal project depth via Route #1 (Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal) provides for a least depth of 12 feet from Norfolk, VA, to the North Carolina state line.

Aids to Navigation


NOAA Chart #12206, provides coverage of this portion of the AICW.

Chart #12206 - Norfolk to Albemarle Sound covers the ICW from Mile 0.0 in Norfolk to Mile 65.0 at Albemarle Sound via Route #1 and to Mile 65.0 at the mouth of the Pasquotank River via Route #2 (Great Dismal Swamp Canal).

Buoys and Marks

Intracoastal Waterway buoys and navigational markers are marked like most other lateral marks in the U.S. the difference is that either yellow triangles or yellow squares are added to the mark to indicate they are ICW markers.

The rule is: When proceeding south on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (Norfolk, VA to Key West, FL) or west on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (Ft. Meyers, FL to Brownsville, TX)

Green ICW Marker Red ICW Marker

Regardless of the color of the mark!

In most cases, this will equate to "Red" marks to starboard and "Green" marks to port southbound and westbound on the ICW, but be careful, because regardless of the color of the mark; yellow "triangles" are to be kept to starboard and yellow "squares" are to be kept to port PERIOD.

Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway - Virginia Bridge & Lock Schedule

The following table lists the bridges & locks; their schedules, and restrictions along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW) south from Norfolk, VA to the North Carolina State Line.

This list is believed to be accurate as of January 2019. If any errors or omissions are noted, please e-mail us at with any corrections or recommendations.

Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway - Virginia

Mile Marker Bridge Charted Vert. Clear. Schedule Restrictions VHF
2.6 N&P BL RR Lift Bridge 6’/142’ Normally Open Closes for RR Traffic 13
2.8 South Norfolk Jordan Bridge 145’ Fixed Bridge    
3.6 N&W RR Lift Bridge 10’/135’ Normally Open Closes for RR Traffic 13
5.8 Gilmerton Lift Bridge 36’/136’ Opens on Demand Closed M-F 0630-0830 and 1530-1730 except Federal holidays. 13
5.8 N&S RR Bascule Bridge #7 7’ Normally Open Closes for RR Traffic 13
7.1 I-64 Bascule Bridge 65’ Opens on Demand with 24 hour notice. Openings from 0600 - 0900 and 1500 - 1800 Mon through Fri xcept Fed. Holidays require 72 hour notice. 13
7.15 I-64 Bridge 100’ New Fixed Bridge - Under Construction    
8.8 Veterans Bridge 95’ Fixed Bridge Twin Spans  
11.5 Great Bridge Lock (USACE) 1’ - 3’ ↑ Once every hour from 0600 - 1900. Other times on demand. Lockage is generally coordinated with the openings of the Great Bridge Bridge below. 13
12.0 Great Bridge Bascule Bridge 8’ On the Hr. 0600-1900 - Other times on demand.   13
12.6 Great Bridge Highway Bridge 65’ Fixed Bridge    
13.9 A&C RR Bascule Bridge 7’ Normally Open Closes for RR Traffic 13
15.2 Centerville Turnpike Swing Bridge 4’ From 0830 to 1600, Mon through Fri, except Fed. holidays, the draw need only be opened on the hour and half hour. Other times on demand. Closed M-F 0630 - 0830 and 1600 - 1800 except Fed. holidays. 13
20.2 North Landing Swing Bridge 6’ The draw shall open between 0600 - 1900 on the hour and ½ hour. Other times on demand.   13
28.6 Pungo Ferry Bridge 65’ Fixed Bridge    

AICW Virginia Bridge and Lock Schedule - Download

AICW NavPak - Bridge and Lock Schedule (Norfolk to Miami) - Download

Found along the Virginia Intracoastal Waterway

Temporary Long Term Bridge Restrictions

Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway - Virginia

Mile Marker Bridge Charted Vert. Clear. Restrictions
7.1 I-64 Bridge 65’ The VA Dept. of Transportation has awarded the contract to add a new fixed bridge just south of the existing I-64 bascule bridge. Project construction has started and the completion date is expected to be summer of 2021. The new fixed bridge will provide a vertical clearance of 100 feet above MHW.
Delays and channel closures should be expected during the period of construction.

The Virginia ICW Bridge List as well as the entire AICW Bridge List (Norfolk to Miami) can be downloaded for your personal and private use below. The ZIP files contain the schedules in Adobe (.pdf) file format:

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