I-10 bridge check in established; Action phase and predictions, High Water Plan

Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Houston/Galveston has established the I-10 Bridge in the San Jacinto River as a temporary reporting point due to the Sheldon Road Gauge surpassing 8 feet.

Vessel Traffic Service Houston/Galveston has entered the “ACTION” phase of the High-Water Plan.

All vessels must provide their sail plan on Channel 05A when checking into the system at the I-10 bridge.

All vessels must check out on Channel 21A when departing the system at the I-10 bridge.

Based on the current water levels and predications, VTS anticipates implementation of the:

  • 10 Feet Action phase approximately after Midnight (0001 hours), Friday Night/Saturday Morning, May 4th.
    • A VTS Measure covering an area including the San Jacinto River from 500 feet above to 500 feet below the I-10 Highway bridge directing that Tow movements in the area of the VTS Measure are limited to single barges with an adequate assist boat solely dedicated to that function and Tow movements with a loaded barge will only be permitted during daylight hours.
    • VTS traffic measures will be considered in the Houston Ship Channel between lights 124 and 133.
  • 12 Feet Action phase approximately 1000 hours, Saturday, May 4th.
    • A VTS Measure covering an area including the San Jacinto River from 1000 yards above to 1000 yards below the I-10 Highway bridge.  Any tow movements, empty or loaded, on the San Jacinto River between Lake Houston and the upper limits of the VTS Measure require specific approval.
  • 14 Feet Action phase approximately midnight (0001 hours), Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, May 5th.
    • VTS traffic measures will be established in the Houston Ship Channel between lights 124 and 133.

Please contact the VTS watch supervisor at 281-464-4837 with any questions.