Naval Academy Bridge will be closed for Blue Angels rehearsal, performance


The Naval Academy Bridge will be closed for several hours today and tomorrow and boating restrictions will be enforced on the Severn River while the Blue Angels, the Navy's precision flying team, rehearses and performs as part of Commissioning Week at the academy.

The bridge, which carries Route 450 over the Severn, will be closed from 11: 30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow.

Academy gates will be closed to vehicles except those of academy residents, cars with handicapped tags or stickers, and shuttle buses.

The Coast Guard and state Department of Natural Resources police have forbidden boating or anchoring in a marine safety zone on the Severn and its tributaries from 10: 30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and from noon to 4 p.m. tomorrow.

The zone extends from the U.S. 50 bridge to a line from the quick-flashing light at the south end of the Naval Academy sea wall to Greenbury Point.

The Coast Guard, the Department of Natural Resources Police, the Coast Guard Auxiliary and Annapolis police and fire boats will patrol the boundaries.

The Blue Angels, whose demonstrations have been part of Commissioning Week for more than 45 years, are to arrive about 11: 45 a.m. today and rehearse between 1: 45 p.m. and 3: 30 p.m. The performance, which lasts about a half-hour, will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow.

The best vantage points for the performance are Farragut Field, Dewey Field and Hospital Point.

Pub Date: 5/19/98

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