Coast Guard Sectors and Bridge Program Management

The Coast Guard bridge program preserves the public right of navigation through various statutes, U.S. environmental laws, and pertinent regulations. There are four functional areas through which the bridge program carries out its responsibilities: permitting, regulation, construction monitoring, and alteration. The effectiveness of the bridge program is largely due to the Coast Guard’s inherent maritime expertise, its familiarity with the maritime community, and its close working relationship with that community. As a core element within the Marine Transportation System Directorate, the bridge program works closely with waterways managers at the headquarters and district levels to facilitate effective and efficient movement of commerce and promote a safe, secure, and environmentally sound national transportation network. The existing Coast Guard field organization implements sectors that combine the legacy group operations and captain of the port roles and authorities into a single command, which offers an opportunity to better coordinate bridge and waterway operations with the needs of navigation. Prior to the implementation of sector organization, most bridge operation decisions were made at the district level, which occasionally created challenges when trying to balance bridge program needs with those of the field commanders and waterway users. The sector organizational construct, authorities available to the sector commander, and interactions with the maritime community provide a single point for the coordination of waterways management activities not previously available to the bridge program.


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  • Accession Number: 01691288
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 11 2019 9:24AM