Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Pelican Island Causeway, Galveston Channel, TX, 32864-32866 [2014-13308]

Download as PDF 32864 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 110 / Monday, June 9, 2014 / Rules and Regulations two sentences shall not apply to participants in the event or vessels of the patrol operating in the performance of their assigned duties. The Patrol Commander may direct the anchoring, mooring, or movement of any boat or vessel within the regatta area. This document is issued under authority of 33 CFR 100.903, Harborfest Dragon Boat Race; South Haven, MI, and 5 U.S.C. 552(a). In addition to this publication in the Federal Register, the Coast Guard will provide the maritime community with advance notification of this event via Broadcast Notice to Mariners or Local Notice to Mariners. The Captain of the Port, Lake Michigan, or his or her on-scene representative may be contacted via Channel 16, VHF– FM. Dated: May 27, 2014. M.W. Sibley, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port, Lake Michigan. Table of Acronyms [FR Doc. 2014–13302 Filed 6–6–14; 8:45 am] CFR Code of Federal Regulations DHS Department of Homeland Security FR Federal Register NPRM Notice of Proposed Rulemaking § Section Symbol U.S.C. United States Code BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 117 [Docket No. USCG–2013–0063] RIN 1625–AA09 Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Pelican Island Causeway, Galveston Channel, TX Coast Guard, DHS. Temporary final rule; effective period extended. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard is extending the temporary final rule changing the operating schedule that governs the Pelican Island Causeway bridge across Galveston Channel mile 4.5 (GIWW mile 356.1), at Galveston, Texas. Extending this temporary final rule allows the bridge to remain closed to navigation for an additional six months while major repairs are conducted to the mechanical portions of the bascule span. The additional time for these repairs is necessary due to a delay in beginning the repairs resulting from construction and contractual needs and delays. DATES: This temporary final rule is effective from 6 a.m. on July 8, 2014 through 6 a.m. on December 31, 2014. ADDRESSES: Documents mentioned in this preamble are part of docket USCG– 2013–0063. To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to http:// ehiers on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:05 Jun 06, 2014 Jkt 232001 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 rulemaking. 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 rule, call or email David Frank, Bridge Administration Branch, Coast Guard; telephone 504–671–2128, email David.M.Frank@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing the docket, call Cheryl Collins, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202–366– 9826. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Regulatory History and Information On April 5, 2013, we published a temporary final rule entitled ‘‘Drawbridge Operating Regulations; Pelican Island Causeway, Galveston Channel, TX’’ in the Federal Register (78 FR 20451). This temporary final rule allows the Pelican Island Causeway bridge to remain closed to navigation during certain times for necessary bridge repairs and is effective through July 8, 2014. The Coast Guard is extending this temporary final rule without prior notice and opportunity to comment pursuant to authority under section 4(a) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553(b)). This provision authorizes an agency to issue a rule without prior notice and opportunity to comment when the agency for good cause finds that those procedures are ‘‘impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.’’ Under 5 U.S.C. 553(b), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for not publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) with respect to this rule because the Coast Guard is extending an already existing temporary final rule. Completing the NRPM process is impracticable and contrary to public interest because it would interrupt and delay the scheduled and noticed repair work for this bridge. Continuing this repair work without interruption requires the bridge to be closed to navigation throughout the PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 repair period. The scheduled start date for the repair work was delayed and the existing temporary final rule, although in effect, was not utilized until October, 2013. The time required for the work necessary to repair the bridge remains 14 months, requiring an extension to this temporary final rule and allowing repair work to continue seamlessly. Further, while this closure has prevented certain vessels from passing under the bridge, vessels will be able to transit around the island through the Galveston Channel. This route involves an additional distance of up to three miles. B. Basis and Purpose The Pelican Island Causeway bridge, Galveston Channel mile 4.5 (GIWW mile 356.1), at Galveston, Texas, is a bascule bridge connecting Galveston Island with Pelican Island in Galveston, Texas. The roadway is the only land route between the two islands and is a vital link to numerous facilities and to the Texas A&M University Galveston Maritime School. An inspection by the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration determined that the ‘‘Rocker Segmental Girder Tracks’’ that allow the bridge to open and close were severely damaged and in need of immediate repair. Due to the advanced age of the bridge, replacement parts were not readily available and the existing parts had to be removed and molds made to manufacture replacement parts. During the planning stages for this work, modifications to the work required contractual issues to be corrected, delaying the start of the project approximately six months. During the delay, the bridge continued to operate normally allowing for the passage of vessels through the bridge. Due to the fact that the start of the project was delayed and the total time of the repair did not change, the extension of the temporary final rule is necessary to accommodate completing repairs. Under the existing operating schedule, before the temporary final rule, the bridge operated as follows: The draw of the Pelican Island Causeway bridge across Galveston Channel, mile 4.5 of the Galveston Channel, (GIWW mile 356.1) at Galveston, Texas, shall open on signal; except that, from 6:40 a.m. to 8:10 a.m., 12 noon to 1 p.m., and 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Friday except Federal holidays, the draw need not be opened for passage of vessels. Public vessels of the United States and vessels in distress shall be passed at any time. E:\FR\FM\09JNR1.SGM 09JNR1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 110 / Monday, June 9, 2014 / Rules and Regulations Vessel traffic consists of mainly small tows and supply vessels, recreational boats and some commercial shrimpers. The bridge opens approximately 7 times per day for the passage of vessels. The vertical clearance of the bridge in the closed to navigation position is 13 feet above mean high water. Approximately 4000 vehicles cross the bridge in each direction daily. This includes students, factory and shipyard workers and delivery vehicles of all types. Originally, TXDOT issued a contract for the repairs and the contractor was to begin on May 6, 2013. Due to unforeseen modifications to the project, the start date of the repair work was delayed requiring the repairs to continue past the original expiration date of the temporary final rule. The Corps of Engineers, the Port of Galveston, waterway users and the Coast Guard discussed the need for the extension of the closure with the bridge owner, TXDOT, FHWA, and the contractor to discuss ways to minimize the effects on navigation and understand the need for the work. These parties also acknowledge the fact that marine traffic can transit around the island through the Galveston Channel, involving an additional distance of up to three miles, with little or no interruption to their services. C. Discussion of Temporary Final Rule The extended temporary final rule allows the bridge owner to continue the necessary repairs to the bridge that include: The removal of the rocker segmental girder track for repair/ replacement of the damaged parts of the track. Removal of the track rendered the bridge inoperable with regards to opening for the passage of vessels. The necessary repairs and this related temporary final rule were scheduled to begin on May 6, 2013. The repairs requiring the bridge to remain closed to navigation actually began in October, 2013, subsequently delaying the need for the temporary final rule. Due to the initial delay, completion of the repairs is expected to take until December 2014. The end of this temporary final rule is therefore extended from July 8, 2014 until December 31, 2014. ehiers on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with RULES D. Regulatory Analyses We developed this rule after considering numerous statutes and executive orders related to rulemaking. Below we summarize our analyses based on these statutes or executive orders. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:05 Jun 06, 2014 Jkt 232001 1. Regulatory Planning and Review This rule is not a significant regulatory action under section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, as supplemented by Executive Order 13563, Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review, and does not require an assessment of potential costs and benefits under section 6(a)(3) of Order 12866 or under section 1 of Executive Order 13563. The Office of Management and Budget has not reviewed it under those Orders. This rule is not a significant regulatory action because it has been coordinated with those parties affected by the closure. It is understood that the work is necessary for the continued operation of the bridge and by allowing repairs to continue without interruption, the possibility of catastrophic failure of the movable bridge is further reduced. Additionally, this closure will not significantly impact navigation in the area as marine traffic may transit around the island through the Galveston Channel, an additional distance of up to three miles. 2. Impact on Small Entities The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 (RFA), 5 U.S.C. 601–612, as amended, requires federal agencies to consider the potential impact of regulations on small entities during rulemaking. The term ‘‘small entities’’ comprises small businesses, not-for-profit organizations that are independently owned and operated and are not dominant in their fields, and governmental jurisdictions with populations of less than 50,000. The Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) that this rule will not have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities. This rule would affect the following entities, some of which may be small entities: The owners or operators of vessels with vertical clearance requirements of greater than 13 feet intending to transit beneath the bridge from 6 a.m. on May 6, 2013 until 6 a.m. on December 31, 2014. This rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities for the following reasons: The bridge closure will prevent certain vessels from transiting beneath it; however, those vessels may safely transit around the island through the Galveston Channel, involving an additional distance of up to three miles. 3. Assistance for Small Entities Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104–121), we want to assist small entities in PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 32865 understanding this rule. If the rule would affect your small business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction and you have questions concerning its provisions or options for compliance, please contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, above. Small businesses may send comments on the actions of Federal employees who enforce, or otherwise determine compliance with, Federal regulations to the Small Business and Agriculture Regulatory Enforcement Ombudsman and the Regional Small Business Regulatory Fairness Boards. The Ombudsman evaluates these actions annually and rates each agency’s responsiveness to small business. If you wish to comment on actions by employees of the Coast Guard, call 1– 888–REG–FAIR (1–888–734–3247). The Coast Guard will not retaliate against small entities that question or complain about this rule or any policy or action of the Coast Guard. 4. Collection of Information This rule calls for no new collection of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501– 3520). 5. Federalism A rule has implications for federalism under Executive Order 13132, Federalism, if it has a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. We have analyzed this rule under that Order and have determined that it does not have implications for federalism. 6. Protest Activities The Coast Guard respects the First Amendment rights of protesters. Protesters are asked to contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section to coordinate protest activities so that your message can be received without jeopardizing the safety or security of people, places or vessels. 7. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1531–1538) requires Federal agencies to assess the effects of their discretionary regulatory actions. In particular, the Act addresses actions that may result in the expenditure by a State, local, or tribal government, in the aggregate, or by the private sector of $100,000,000 (adjusted for inflation) or more in any one year. Though this rule will not result in such an expenditure, E:\FR\FM\09JNR1.SGM 09JNR1 32866 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 110 / Monday, June 9, 2014 / Rules and Regulations This rule will not cause a taking of private property or otherwise have taking implications under Executive Order 12630, Governmental Actions and Interference with Constitutionally Protected Property Rights. closed to navigation for an additional six months and will not have any impact on the environment. This rule is categorically excluded, under figure 2– 1, paragraph (32)(e), of the Instruction. Under figure 2–1, paragraph (32)(e), of the Instruction, an environmental analysis checklist and a categorical exclusion determination are not required for this rule. 9. Civil Justice Reform List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 117 This rule meets applicable standards in sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform, to minimize litigation, eliminate ambiguity, and reduce burden. Bridges. For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 33 CFR part 117 as follows: 10. Protection of Children PART 117—DRAWBRIDGE OPERATION REGULATIONS we do discuss the effects of this rule elsewhere in this preamble. 8. Taking of Private Property We have analyzed this rule under Executive Order 13045, Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks. This rule is not an economically significant rule and does not create an environmental risk to health or risk to safety that might disproportionately affect children. 11. Indian Tribal Governments This rule does not have tribal implications under Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, because it does not have a substantial direct effect on one or more Indian tribes, on the relationship between the Federal Government and Indian tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities between the Federal Government and Indian tribes. 12. Energy Effects This action is not a ‘‘significant energy action’’ under Executive Order 13211, Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use. 13. Technical Standards This rule does not use technical standards. Therefore, we did not consider the use of voluntary consensus standards. 1. The authority citation for part 117 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 33 U.S.C. 499; 33 CFR 1.05–1; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. 2. Effective 6 a.m. on July 8, 2014 until 6 a.m. on December 31, 2014, suspend § 117.966 and add § 117.T966 to read as follows: ■ § 117.T966 Pelican Island Causeway, Galveston Channel. The draw of the Pelican Island Causeway bridge across Galveston Channel, mile 4.5 of the Galveston Channel, (GIWW mile 356.1) at Galveston, Texas, need not open for the passage of vessels. Dated: May 19, 2014. Kevin S. Cook, Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 2014–13308 Filed 6–6–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 ehiers on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with RULES 14. Environment [Docket No. USCG–2013–1033] We have analyzed this rule under Department of Homeland Security Management Directive 023–01 and Commandant Instruction M16475.lD, which guides the Coast Guard in complying with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321–4370f), and have concluded that this action is one of a category of actions which do not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment. This rule involves allowing a movable bridge to remain RIN 1625–AA00 VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:05 Jun 06, 2014 Jkt 232001 Safety Zone; Annual Events Requiring Safety Zones in the Captain of the Port Lake Michigan Zone Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of enforcement of regulation. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard will enforce the safety zone in Milwaukee Harbor, Milwaukee, WI for firework displays at Pier Wisconsin at specified times from June 15, 2014 until August 9, 2014. This SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 action is necessary and intended to ensure safety of life on the navigable waters immediately prior to, during, and immediately after fireworks displays. During the aforementioned periods, the Coast Guard will enforce restrictions upon, and control movement of, vessels in the safety zone. No person or vessel may enter the safety zone while it is being enforced without permission of the Captain of the Port, Lake Michigan. DATES: The regulations in 33 CFR 165.929 will be enforced for safety zone (e)(46) in § 165.929, Table 165.929, from June 15, 2014, through August 9, 2014, at times specified in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this document, call or email MST1 Joseph McCollum, Prevention Department, Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan, Milwaukee, WI at (414) 747–7148, email joseph.p.mccollum@uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Coast Guard will enforce the Fireworks at Pier Wisconsin safety zone listed as item (e)(46) in Table 165.929 of 33 CFR 165.929 on the dates and times specified in this paragraph. Section 165.929 lists many annual events requiring safety zones in the Captain of the Port Lake Michigan zone. The Fireworks at Pier Wisconsin safety zone will be enforced at the following times for the following events: (1) Private Party fireworks display on June 15, 2014 from 9:15 p.m. until 10 p.m.; (2) Private Party fireworks display on June 24, 2014 from 9:30 p.m. until 10:15 p.m.; (3) Wedding fireworks display on July 12, 2014 from 9:30 p.m. until 10:15 p.m.; (4) Private Party fireworks display on August 9, 2014 from 10:15 p.m. until 11 p.m.; This safety zone will encompass all waters of Milwaukee Harbor, including Lakeshore Inlet and the marina at Pier Wisconsin, within the arc of a circle with a 300-foot radius from the fireworks launch site on Pier Wisconsin located in approximate position 43°02′10.7″ N, 087°53′37.5″ W (NAD 83). All vessels must obtain permission from the Captain of the Port, Lake Michigan, or his or her on-scene representative to enter, move within, or exit the safety zone. Vessels and persons granted permission to enter the safety zone must obey all lawful orders or directions of the Captain of the Port, Lake Michigan, or his or her on-scene representative. This document is issued under authority of 33 CFR 165.929, Safety E:\FR\FM\09JNR1.SGM 09JNR1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 110 (Monday, June 9, 2014)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-13308]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 117

[Docket No. USCG-2013-0063]
RIN 1625-AA09


Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Pelican Island Causeway, 
Galveston Channel, TX

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Temporary final rule; effective period extended.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is extending the temporary final rule changing 
the operating schedule that governs the Pelican Island Causeway bridge 
across Galveston Channel mile 4.5 (GIWW mile 356.1), at Galveston, 
Texas. Extending this temporary final rule allows the bridge to remain 
closed to navigation for an additional six months while major repairs 
are conducted to the mechanical portions of the bascule span. The 
additional time for these repairs is necessary due to a delay in 
beginning the repairs resulting from construction and contractual needs 
and delays.

DATES: This temporary final rule is effective from 6 a.m. on July 8, 
2014 through 6 a.m. on December 31, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Documents mentioned in this preamble are part of docket 
USCG-2013-0063. To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being 
available in the docket, go to 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 rulemaking. 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 rule, call or email David Frank, Bridge Administration 
Branch, Coast Guard; telephone 504-671-2128, email 
David.M.Frank@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing the docket, 
call Cheryl Collins, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-
366-9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

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A. Regulatory History and Information

    On April 5, 2013, we published a temporary final rule entitled 
``Drawbridge Operating Regulations; Pelican Island Causeway, Galveston 
Channel, TX'' in the Federal Register (78 FR 20451). This temporary 
final rule allows the Pelican Island Causeway bridge to remain closed 
to navigation during certain times for necessary bridge repairs and is 
effective through July 8, 2014. The Coast Guard is extending this 
temporary final rule without prior notice and opportunity to comment 
pursuant to authority under section 4(a) of the Administrative 
Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553(b)). This provision authorizes an 
agency to issue a rule without prior notice and opportunity to comment 
when the agency for good cause finds that those procedures are 
``impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.'' 
Under 5 U.S.C. 553(b), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for 
not publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) with respect to 
this rule because the Coast Guard is extending an already existing 
temporary final rule. Completing the NRPM process is impracticable and 
contrary to public interest because it would interrupt and delay the 
scheduled and noticed repair work for this bridge. Continuing this 
repair work without interruption requires the bridge to be closed to 
navigation throughout the repair period. The scheduled start date for 
the repair work was delayed and the existing temporary final rule, 
although in effect, was not utilized until October, 2013. The time 
required for the work necessary to repair the bridge remains 14 months, 
requiring an extension to this temporary final rule and allowing repair 
work to continue seamlessly. Further, while this closure has prevented 
certain vessels from passing under the bridge, vessels will be able to 
transit around the island through the Galveston Channel. This route 
involves an additional distance of up to three miles.

B. Basis and Purpose

    The Pelican Island Causeway bridge, Galveston Channel mile 4.5 
(GIWW mile 356.1), at Galveston, Texas, is a bascule bridge connecting 
Galveston Island with Pelican Island in Galveston, Texas. The roadway 
is the only land route between the two islands and is a vital link to 
numerous facilities and to the Texas A&M University Galveston Maritime 
School. An inspection by the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) 
and the Federal Highway Administration determined that the ``Rocker 
Segmental Girder Tracks'' that allow the bridge to open and close were 
severely damaged and in need of immediate repair. Due to the advanced 
age of the bridge, replacement parts were not readily available and the 
existing parts had to be removed and molds made to manufacture 
replacement parts. During the planning stages for this work, 
modifications to the work required contractual issues to be corrected, 
delaying the start of the project approximately six months. During the 
delay, the bridge continued to operate normally allowing for the 
passage of vessels through the bridge. Due to the fact that the start 
of the project was delayed and the total time of the repair did not 
change, the extension of the temporary final rule is necessary to 
accommodate completing repairs.
    Under the existing operating schedule, before the temporary final 
rule, the bridge operated as follows: The draw of the Pelican Island 
Causeway bridge across Galveston Channel, mile 4.5 of the Galveston 
Channel, (GIWW mile 356.1) at Galveston, Texas, shall open on signal; 
except that, from 6:40 a.m. to 8:10 a.m., 12 noon to 1 p.m., and 4:15 
p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Friday except Federal holidays, the 
draw need not be opened for passage of vessels. Public vessels of the 
United States and vessels in distress shall be passed at any time.

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    Vessel traffic consists of mainly small tows and supply vessels, 
recreational boats and some commercial shrimpers. The bridge opens 
approximately 7 times per day for the passage of vessels. The vertical 
clearance of the bridge in the closed to navigation position is 13 feet 
above mean high water.
    Approximately 4000 vehicles cross the bridge in each direction 
daily. This includes students, factory and shipyard workers and 
delivery vehicles of all types.
    Originally, TXDOT issued a contract for the repairs and the 
contractor was to begin on May 6, 2013. Due to unforeseen modifications 
to the project, the start date of the repair work was delayed requiring 
the repairs to continue past the original expiration date of the 
temporary final rule. The Corps of Engineers, the Port of Galveston, 
waterway users and the Coast Guard discussed the need for the extension 
of the closure with the bridge owner, TXDOT, FHWA, and the contractor 
to discuss ways to minimize the effects on navigation and understand 
the need for the work. These parties also acknowledge the fact that 
marine traffic can transit around the island through the Galveston 
Channel, involving an additional distance of up to three miles, with 
little or no interruption to their services.

C. Discussion of Temporary Final Rule

    The extended temporary final rule allows the bridge owner to 
continue the necessary repairs to the bridge that include: The removal 
of the rocker segmental girder track for repair/replacement of the 
damaged parts of the track. Removal of the track rendered the bridge 
inoperable with regards to opening for the passage of vessels. The 
necessary repairs and this related temporary final rule were scheduled 
to begin on May 6, 2013. The repairs requiring the bridge to remain 
closed to navigation actually began in October, 2013, subsequently 
delaying the need for the temporary final rule. Due to the initial 
delay, completion of the repairs is expected to take until December 
2014. The end of this temporary final rule is therefore extended from 
July 8, 2014 until December 31, 2014.

D. Regulatory Analyses

    We developed this rule after considering numerous statutes and 
executive orders related to rulemaking. Below we summarize our analyses 
based on these statutes or executive orders.

1. Regulatory Planning and Review

    This rule is not a significant regulatory action under section 3(f) 
of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, as 
supplemented by Executive Order 13563, Improving Regulation and 
Regulatory Review, and does not require an assessment of potential 
costs and benefits under section 6(a)(3) of Order 12866 or under 
section 1 of Executive Order 13563. The Office of Management and Budget 
has not reviewed it under those Orders.
    This rule is not a significant regulatory action because it has 
been coordinated with those parties affected by the closure. It is 
understood that the work is necessary for the continued operation of 
the bridge and by allowing repairs to continue without interruption, 
the possibility of catastrophic failure of the movable bridge is 
further reduced. Additionally, this closure will not significantly 
impact navigation in the area as marine traffic may transit around the 
island through the Galveston Channel, an additional distance of up to 
three miles.

2. Impact on Small Entities

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 (RFA), 5 U.S.C. 601-612, as 
amended, requires federal agencies to consider the potential impact of 
regulations on small entities during rulemaking. The term ``small 
entities'' comprises small businesses, not-for-profit organizations 
that are independently owned and operated and are not dominant in their 
fields, and governmental jurisdictions with populations of less than 
50,000. The Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) that this rule 
will not have a significant impact on a substantial number of small 
entities.
    This rule would affect the following entities, some of which may be 
small entities: The owners or operators of vessels with vertical 
clearance requirements of greater than 13 feet intending to transit 
beneath the bridge from 6 a.m. on May 6, 2013 until 6 a.m. on December 
31, 2014. This rule will not have a significant economic impact on a 
substantial number of small entities for the following reasons: The 
bridge closure will prevent certain vessels from transiting beneath it; 
however, those vessels may safely transit around the island through the 
Galveston Channel, involving an additional distance of up to three 
miles.

3. Assistance for Small Entities

    Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement 
Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121), we want to assist small 
entities in understanding this rule. If the rule would affect your 
small business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction and you have 
questions concerning its provisions or options for compliance, please 
contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, 
above.
    Small businesses may send comments on the actions of Federal 
employees who enforce, or otherwise determine compliance with, Federal 
regulations to the Small Business and Agriculture Regulatory 
Enforcement Ombudsman and the Regional Small Business Regulatory 
Fairness Boards. The Ombudsman evaluates these actions annually and 
rates each agency's responsiveness to small business. If you wish to 
comment on actions by employees of the Coast Guard, call 1-888-REG-FAIR 
(1-888-734-3247). The Coast Guard will not retaliate against small 
entities that question or complain about this rule or any policy or 
action of the Coast Guard.

4. Collection of Information

    This rule calls for no new collection of information under the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520).

5. Federalism

    A rule has implications for federalism under Executive Order 13132, 
Federalism, if it has a substantial direct effect on the States, on the 
relationship between the national government and the States, or on the 
distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of 
government. We have analyzed this rule under that Order and have 
determined that it does not have implications for federalism.

6. Protest Activities

    The Coast Guard respects the First Amendment rights of protesters. 
Protesters are asked to contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT section to coordinate protest activities so that 
your message can be received without jeopardizing the safety or 
security of people, places or vessels.

7. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

    The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1531-1538) 
requires Federal agencies to assess the effects of their discretionary 
regulatory actions. In particular, the Act addresses actions that may 
result in the expenditure by a State, local, or tribal government, in 
the aggregate, or by the private sector of $100,000,000 (adjusted for 
inflation) or more in any one year. Though this rule will not result in 
such an expenditure,

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we do discuss the effects of this rule elsewhere in this preamble.

8. Taking of Private Property

    This rule will not cause a taking of private property or otherwise 
have taking implications under Executive Order 12630, Governmental 
Actions and Interference with Constitutionally Protected Property 
Rights.

9. Civil Justice Reform

    This rule meets applicable standards in sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) 
of Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform, to minimize litigation, 
eliminate ambiguity, and reduce burden.

10. Protection of Children

    We have analyzed this rule under Executive Order 13045, Protection 
of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks. This rule 
is not an economically significant rule and does not create an 
environmental risk to health or risk to safety that might 
disproportionately affect children.

11. Indian Tribal Governments

    This rule does not have tribal implications under Executive Order 
13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, 
because it does not have a substantial direct effect on one or more 
Indian tribes, on the relationship between the Federal Government and 
Indian tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities 
between the Federal Government and Indian tribes.

12. Energy Effects

    This action is not a ``significant energy action'' under Executive 
Order 13211, Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect 
Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use.

13. Technical Standards

    This rule does not use technical standards. Therefore, we did not 
consider the use of voluntary consensus standards.

14. Environment

    We have analyzed this rule under Department of Homeland Security 
Management Directive 023-01 and Commandant Instruction M16475.lD, which 
guides the Coast Guard in complying with the National Environmental 
Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321-4370f), and have concluded 
that this action is one of a category of actions which do not 
individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human 
environment. This rule involves allowing a movable bridge to remain 
closed to navigation for an additional six months and will not have any 
impact on the environment. This rule is categorically excluded, under 
figure 2-1, paragraph (32)(e), of the Instruction.
    Under figure 2-1, paragraph (32)(e), of the Instruction, an 
environmental analysis checklist and a categorical exclusion 
determination are not required for this rule.

List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 117

    Bridges.

    For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 
33 CFR part 117 as follows:

PART 117--DRAWBRIDGE OPERATION REGULATIONS

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1. The authority citation for part 117 continues to read as follows:


    Authority:  33 U.S.C. 499; 33 CFR 1.05-1; Department of Homeland 
Security Delegation No. 0170.1.

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2. Effective 6 a.m. on July 8, 2014 until 6 a.m. on December 31, 2014, 
suspend Sec.  117.966 and add Sec.  117.T966 to read as follows:


Sec.  117.T966  Pelican Island Causeway, Galveston Channel.

    The draw of the Pelican Island Causeway bridge across Galveston 
Channel, mile 4.5 of the Galveston Channel, (GIWW mile 356.1) at 
Galveston, Texas, need not open for the passage of vessels.

    Dated: May 19, 2014.
Kevin S. Cook,
Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District.
[FR Doc. 2014-13308 Filed 6-6-14; 8:45 am]
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