(CINCINNATI, OH) – The US Coast Guard, federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies will begin additional maritime safety and security operations on the Ohio River in support of the 86th Major League Baseball All Star Game, starting today. Boaters can expect no wake zones, interruptions, and closures to maritime traffic.
Important maritime safety zone and waterway information include Friday through Tuesday a no wake zone to be enforced between the I-471 and I-71 bridges, and on Saturday, a safety zone will be established for the fireworks display between the Clay Wade Bridge and the Suspension Bridge, extending from the Ohio bank to the middle of the channel from 8:00 pm until 12:00 am.
The Ohio River will also be closed to commercial traffic from 9:30 pm on Saturday to 11:00 pm, from mile marker 469.5 to 471.2.
On Monday, the Ohio River will be closed to commercial traffic from 8:00 pm to 12 am, in the same section, for the MLB All Star Home Run Derby and fireworks display. And again on Tuesday between 7:30 pm and 11:30 pm, during the MLB All Star Game.
Additionally, the US Coast Guard highly recommends boaters assess the risks associated with high water on the Ohio River, near Cincinnati, during the week of the 86th All Star Game. Higher than average water levels and large amounts of debris may create dangerous situations on the Ohio River, and boaters are encouraged to take appropriate precautions.
These include always wearing a lifejacket and double-checking that required equipment, such as visual and audio distress signals, personal flotation devices, and a fire extinguisher, are present and in working condition. As a reminder, never boat under the influence of alcohol and submit a float plan.
High water levels increase river flow, creating stronger-than-usual currents and unforeseen eddies and rips, which are particularly hazardous.