PHILADELPHIA (March 9, 2017)- The Coast Guard proposed on Tuesday, to improve and relocate the Marcus Hook Range Rear Light and Marcus Hook Range Front Light on the Delaware River near Bellefonte, Delaware.
The proposed changes are intended to increase navigational safety, enhance light intensity, and provide a more cost-efficient power supply.
As part of this project, the Coast Guard would remove the existing Range Front structure and its concrete base, and remove the light and equipment from the existing Range Rear Light. The existing Range Rear Light is listed in the National Register of Historic Places; therefore the Coast Guard will comply with historic preservation law for the Section 106 consultation process.
The Coast Guard proposes to change the lights to solar power and Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology. The new optics would produce 225% higher intensity light than current optics and offer more practical optic design, solar array and battery requirements.
"Marcus Hook Reach makes a slight turn approximately 4,500 feet from the channel's end," said Lt. Cmdr. Tiffany Johnson, a waterways management specialist for the 5th Coast Guard District. "After preliminary consultation with the Mariners' Advisory Committee for the Bay & River Delaware, this position is the optimal location to facilitate safe navigation along this portion of the channel."
The proposed new locations for the lights are:
Marcus Hook Range Front Light: 39-46-40.6221N, 075-28-17.1507W Q W (Day), QR (Night), Visible 1.5 deg either side of rangeline
Marcus Hook Range Rear Light: 39-46-30.6448N, 075-28-37.3117W Occ 4s W (Day) Occ 4s R (Night), Visible 1.5 deg either side of rangeline
Interested mariners and other stakeholders are encouraged to comment on the potential impacts this proposal would have on concerns for navigational safety. The Coast Guard asks that feedback is provided by using the U.S. Coast Guard's Fifth District Waterway Data Sheet, available online at
When leaving a comment, please refer to project number 05-16-025. All comments will be carefully considered and are requested prior to April 21, 2017, to be considered in the analysis.
For detailed information about the waterway, please visit the Coast Pilot at