Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Neches River, Beaumont, TX, 36654 [2013-14551]

Download as PDF tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES 36654 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 118 / Wednesday, June 19, 2013 / Rules and Regulations Type the docket number in the ‘‘SEARCH’’ box and click ‘‘SEARCH.’’ Click on Open Docket Folder on the line associated with this deviation. You may also visit the Docket Management Facility in Room W12–140 on the ground floor of the Department of Transportation West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this temporary deviation, call or email Jim Wetherington, Bridge Branch Office, Coast Guard; telephone 504–671–2128, email james.r.wetherington@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing the docket, call Barbara Hairston, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202–366–9826. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The MBRR has requested a temporary deviation from the operating schedule for the Meridian Bigbee vertical lift bridge across the Tombigbee River, mile 128.6, near Naheola, between Choctaw and Morengo Counties, Alabama. The bridge has a vertical clearance of 12 feet above ordinary high water at an elevation of 58 ft (NGVD 29) in the closed-to-navigation position. Vessels requiring a clearance of less than 12 feet above ordinary high water may transit beneath the bridge during maintenance operations. In accordance with Title 33 CFR 117.5, the bridge must open promptly and fully for the passage of vessels when requested or signaled to open. This deviation will allow the bridge to remain closed to marine traffic on July 13–14, 2013 from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each day and July 20–21 from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each day. At all other times, the bridge will operate in accordance with Title 33 CFR 117.5. The closure is necessary for the replacement of the uphaul and downhaul ropes. Problems were discovered after an incident in which a cable ceased to function. An inspection of the other ropes revealed issues that must be quickly addressed. Notices will be published in the Eighth Coast Guard District Local Notice to Mariners and will be broadcast via the Coast Guard Broadcast Notice to Mariners System. Navigation on the waterway consists of tugs with and without tows, commercial vessels, and recreational craft. Coordination between the Coast Guard and the waterway users determined that there should not be any significant effects on these vessels. The bridge will be unable to open during these repairs and no alternate route is VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:08 Jun 18, 2013 Jkt 229001 available. Vessels that do not require an opening may pass with extreme caution. In accordance with 33 CFR 117.35(e), the drawbridge must return to its regular operating schedule immediately at the end of the designated time period. This deviation from the operating regulations is authorized under 33 CFR 117.35. Dated: June 6, 2013. David M. Frank, Bridge Administrator. [FR Doc. 2013–14547 Filed 6–18–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 117 [Docket No. USCG–2013–0475] Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Neches River, Beaumont, TX Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of deviation from drawbridge regulation. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Kansas City Southern vertical lift span bridge across the Neches River, mile 19.5, at Beaumont, Texas. The deviation is necessary to replace the north vertical lift joints on the bridge. This deviation allows the bridge to remain closed to navigation for twelve consecutive hours. DATES: This deviation is effective from 6 a.m. through 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, 2013. ADDRESSES: The docket for this deviation, [USCG–2013–0475] is available at http://www.regulations.gov. Type the docket number in the ‘‘SEARCH’’ box and click ‘‘SEARCH.’’ Click on Open Docket Folder on the line associated with this deviation. You may also visit the Docket Management Facility in Room W12–140 on the ground floor of the Department of Transportation West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this temporary deviation, call or email Kay Wade, Bridge Administration Branch, Coast Guard; telephone 504–671–2128, email Kay.B.Wade@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing the docket, call Barbara Hairston, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202–366– 9826. PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 The Kansas City Southern Railroad has requested a temporary deviation from the operating schedule of the vertical lift span bridge across the Neches River at mile 19.5 in Beaumont, Texas. The vertical clearance of the bridge in the closed-to-navigation position is 13 feet above Mean High Water and 140 feet above Mean High Water in the open-tonavigation position. In accordance with 33 CFR 117.971, the vertical lift span of the bridge is automated and normally not manned but will open on signal for the passage of vessels. This deviation allows the vertical lift span of the bridge to remain closed to navigation from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, 2013. The closure is necessary in order to replace the north vertical lift joints on the bridge, which allow the bridge to be raised. This maintenance is essential for the continued operation of the bridge. Notices will be published in the Eighth Coast Guard District Local Notice to Mariners and will be broadcast via the Coast Guard Broadcast Notice to Mariners System. Navigation on the waterway consists of commercial and recreational fishing vessels, small to medium crew boats, and small tugs with and without tows. No alternate routes are available for the passage of vessels; however, the closure was coordinated with waterway interests who have indicated that they will be able to adjust their operations around the proposed work schedule. Small vessels may pass under the bridge while in the closed-to-navigation position provided caution is exercised. The bridge will be able to open manually in the event of an emergency, but it will take about one hour to do so. Due to prior experience and coordination with waterway users, it has been determined that this closure will not have a significant effect on vessels that use the waterway. In accordance with 33 CFR 117.35(e), the drawbridge must return to its regular operating schedule immediately at the end of the effective period of this temporary deviation. This deviation from the operating regulations is authorized under 33 CFR 117.35. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: June 6, 2013. David M. Frank, Bridge Administrator. [FR Doc. 2013–14551 Filed 6–18–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P E:\FR\FM\19JNR1.SGM 19JNR1

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 118 (Wednesday, June 19, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
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[FR Doc No: 2013-14551]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 117

[Docket No. USCG-2013-0475]


Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Neches River, Beaumont, TX

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Notice of deviation from drawbridge regulation.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the 
operating schedule that governs the Kansas City Southern vertical lift 
span bridge across the Neches River, mile 19.5, at Beaumont, Texas. The 
deviation is necessary to replace the north vertical lift joints on the 
bridge. This deviation allows the bridge to remain closed to navigation 
for twelve consecutive hours.

DATES: This deviation is effective from 6 a.m. through 6 p.m. on 
Thursday, July 11, 2013.

ADDRESSES: The docket for this deviation, [USCG-2013-0475] is available 
at http://www.regulations.gov. Type the docket number in the ``SEARCH'' 
box and click ``SEARCH.'' Click on Open Docket Folder on the line 
associated with this deviation. You may also visit the Docket 
Management Facility in Room W12-140 on the ground floor of the 
Department of Transportation West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this 
temporary deviation, call or email Kay Wade, Bridge Administration 
Branch, Coast Guard; telephone 504-671-2128, email Kay.B.Wade@uscg.mil. 
If you have questions on viewing the docket, call Barbara Hairston, 
Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Kansas City Southern Railroad has 
requested a temporary deviation from the operating schedule of the 
vertical lift span bridge across the Neches River at mile 19.5 in 
Beaumont, Texas. The vertical clearance of the bridge in the closed-to-
navigation position is 13 feet above Mean High Water and 140 feet above 
Mean High Water in the open-to-navigation position.
    In accordance with 33 CFR 117.971, the vertical lift span of the 
bridge is automated and normally not manned but will open on signal for 
the passage of vessels. This deviation allows the vertical lift span of 
the bridge to remain closed to navigation from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on 
Thursday, July 11, 2013.
    The closure is necessary in order to replace the north vertical 
lift joints on the bridge, which allow the bridge to be raised. This 
maintenance is essential for the continued operation of the bridge. 
Notices will be published in the Eighth Coast Guard District Local 
Notice to Mariners and will be broadcast via the Coast Guard Broadcast 
Notice to Mariners System.
    Navigation on the waterway consists of commercial and recreational 
fishing vessels, small to medium crew boats, and small tugs with and 
without tows. No alternate routes are available for the passage of 
vessels; however, the closure was coordinated with waterway interests 
who have indicated that they will be able to adjust their operations 
around the proposed work schedule. Small vessels may pass under the 
bridge while in the closed-to-navigation position provided caution is 
exercised.
    The bridge will be able to open manually in the event of an 
emergency, but it will take about one hour to do so.
    Due to prior experience and coordination with waterway users, it 
has been determined that this closure will not have a significant 
effect on vessels that use the waterway.
    In accordance with 33 CFR 117.35(e), the drawbridge must return to 
its regular operating schedule immediately at the end of the effective 
period of this temporary deviation. This deviation from the operating 
regulations is authorized under 33 CFR 117.35.

    Dated: June 6, 2013.
David M. Frank,
Bridge Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2013-14551 Filed 6-18-13; 8:45 am]
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