Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Cape Fear River, Wilmington, NC, 8841 [2016-03723]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 35 / Tuesday, February 23, 2016 / Rules and Regulations DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 117 [Docket No. USCG–2016–0113] Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Cape Fear River, Wilmington, NC Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of deviation from drawbridge regulation. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge which carries US 17 across the Cape Fear River, mile 26.8, at Wilmington, North Carolina. The deviation is necessary to facilitate routine biennial maintenance and inspection of the lift span for the bridge. This deviation allows the bridge to open with an advanced notice instead of opening on signal. DATES: This deviation is effective from 9 a.m. on March 7, 2016, through 4 p.m. on March 17, 2016. ADDRESSES: The docket for this deviation, [USCG–2016–0113] 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, call or email Mrs. Jessica Shea, Fifth Coast Guard District (dpb), at (757) 398–6422, email jessica.c.shea2@uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The North Carolina Department of Transportation has requested a temporary deviation from the current operating schedule for the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge that carries US 17 across the Cape Fear River, mile 26.8, at Wilmington, NC. The requested deviation will accommodate the routine biennial maintenance and inspection of the vertical lift span for the drawbridge. To facilitate this work, the draw of the bridge will be maintained in the closedto-navigation position every day from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. March 7 through 10, 2016 and again every day from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. March 14 through 17, 2016. The bridge will open on signal at all other times. The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge has a vertical clearance of 65 feet above mean high water (MHW) in the closed position and 135 feet above MHW in the open position. It also has an operating schedule set out in 33 CFR 117.822; asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:15 Feb 22, 2016 Jkt 238001 however this deviation will have no effect on that schedule. Due to the nature of the work, vessels that require less than 45 feet of clearance do not need to request an opening and may transit safely under the bridge in the closed position. Vessels that require more than 45 feet of clearance but less than 65 feet must provide 30 minutes advanced notice of their transit. The snooper crane that will hang over the side of the bridge to inspect the bridge will be removed to allow for safe transit. Vessels that require 65 feet or greater of clearance must provide one hour advance notice so equipment and personnel can be moved to a safe location to allow for vessel transit. The bridge will be able to open for emergencies and there is no alternate route for vessels. Most waterway traffic consists of recreational boats with a few barges and tugs. The Coast Guard will also inform the users of the waterways through our Local and Broadcast Notice to Mariners of the change in operating schedule for the bridge so that vessel operators can arrange their transits to minimize any impact caused by this temporary deviation. In accordance with 33 CFR 117.35(e), the drawbridge must return to its regular operating schedule immediately at the end of this effective period of this temporary deviation. This deviation from the operating regulations is authorized under 33 CFR 117.35. Dated: February 18, 2016. Hal R. Pitts, Bridge Program Manager, Fifth Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 2016–03723 Filed 2–22–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 117 [Docket No. USCG–2016–0058] RIN 1625–AA09 Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Acushnet River, New Bedford and Fairhaven, MA Coast Guard, DHS. Final rule. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard is making a correction to the operating schedule that governs the New Bedford-Fairhaven Rt6 Bridge, mile 0.0, across the Acushnet River, between New Bedford and Fairhaven, MA. On July 1, 2013, a SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 8841 technical amendment was published that updated the name of the bridge, however, the requested correction was drafted incorrectly and three subparagraphs were inadvertently removed from the section. DATES: This rule is effective February 23, 2016. ADDRESSES: To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to http:// www.regulations.gov, type [USCG– 2016–0058]. In the ‘‘SEARCH’’ box and click ‘‘SEARCH.’’ Click on Open Docket Folder on the line associated with this rulemaking. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, call or email Mr. Christopher J. Bisignano, Supervisory Bridge Management Specialist, First Coast Guard District, Coast Guard; telephone (212) 514–4331 or email Christopher.J.Bisignano@ uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Table of Abbreviations CFR Code of Federal Regulations DHS Department of Homeland Security FR Federal Register NPRM Notice of proposed rulemaking § Section U.S.C. United States Code II. Background Information and Regulatory History Each year on July 1, the printed edition of Title 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is recodified. On July 1, 2013, the Coast Guard published a Final Rule entitled, ‘‘Navigation and Navigable Waters; Technical, Organizational, and Conforming Amendments’’ in the Federal Register (78 FR 39163). This 2013 rule made technical and editorial corrections throughout Title 33 but did not create any substantive requirements. In this rule the Coast Guard requested that the term ‘‘drawspan’’ be replaced with the actual name of the bridge (New BedfordFairhaven Rt-6 Bridge) in 33 CFR 117.585(a). However, misinterpretation of the asterisks in the regulatory text, which were used to denote that all paragraphs and subordinate paragraphs after paragraph (a) in § 117.585 were to remain unchanged, caused the subparagraphs (1) through (3) to be removed. The Coast Guard is issuing this 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 E:\FR\FM\23FER1.SGM 23FER1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 117

[Docket No. USCG-2016-0113]


Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Cape Fear River, Wilmington, NC

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 Cape Fear Memorial Bridge which 
carries US 17 across the Cape Fear River, mile 26.8, at Wilmington, 
North Carolina. The deviation is necessary to facilitate routine 
biennial maintenance and inspection of the lift span for the bridge. 
This deviation allows the bridge to open with an advanced notice 
instead of opening on signal.

DATES: This deviation is effective from 9 a.m. on March 7, 2016, 
through 4 p.m. on March 17, 2016.

ADDRESSES: The docket for this deviation, [USCG-2016-0113] 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, 
call or email Mrs. Jessica Shea, Fifth Coast Guard District (dpb), at 
(757) 398-6422, email jessica.c.shea2@uscg.mil.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The North Carolina Department of 
Transportation has requested a temporary deviation from the current 
operating schedule for the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge that carries US 17 
across the Cape Fear River, mile 26.8, at Wilmington, NC. The requested 
deviation will accommodate the routine biennial maintenance and 
inspection of the vertical lift span for the drawbridge. To facilitate 
this work, the draw of the bridge will be maintained in the closed-to-
navigation position every day from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. March 7 through 
10, 2016 and again every day from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. March 14 through 
17, 2016. The bridge will open on signal at all other times.
    The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge has a vertical clearance of 65 feet 
above mean high water (MHW) in the closed position and 135 feet above 
MHW in the open position. It also has an operating schedule set out in 
33 CFR 117.822; however this deviation will have no effect on that 
schedule.
    Due to the nature of the work, vessels that require less than 45 
feet of clearance do not need to request an opening and may transit 
safely under the bridge in the closed position. Vessels that require 
more than 45 feet of clearance but less than 65 feet must provide 30 
minutes advanced notice of their transit. The snooper crane that will 
hang over the side of the bridge to inspect the bridge will be removed 
to allow for safe transit. Vessels that require 65 feet or greater of 
clearance must provide one hour advance notice so equipment and 
personnel can be moved to a safe location to allow for vessel transit. 
The bridge will be able to open for emergencies and there is no 
alternate route for vessels. Most waterway traffic consists of 
recreational boats with a few barges and tugs. The Coast Guard will 
also inform the users of the waterways through our Local and Broadcast 
Notice to Mariners of the change in operating schedule for the bridge 
so that vessel operators can arrange their transits to minimize any 
impact caused by this temporary deviation.
    In accordance with 33 CFR 117.35(e), the drawbridge must return to 
its regular operating schedule immediately at the end of this effective 
period of this temporary deviation. This deviation from the operating 
regulations is authorized under 33 CFR 117.35.

    Dated: February 18, 2016.
Hal R. Pitts,
Bridge Program Manager, Fifth Coast Guard District.
[FR Doc. 2016-03723 Filed 2-22-16; 8:45 am]
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