Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Elizabeth River, Norfolk, VA, 72527 [2016-25435]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 203 / Thursday, October 20, 2016 / Rules and Regulations DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 117 [Docket No. USCG–2016–0946] Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Elizabeth River, Norfolk, VA 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 Berkley (U.S. 460/S.R. 337) Bridge across the Elizabeth River, mile 0.4, at Norfolk, VA. The deviation is necessary to facilitate testing of the emergency drive motors. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed-to-navigation position. SUMMARY: The deviation is effective from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. on October 30, 2016. ADDRESSES: The docket for this deviation, [USCG–2016–0946] 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 temporary deviation, call or email Mr. Mickey Sanders, Bridge Administration Branch Fifth District, Coast Guard, telephone 757–398–6587, email Mickey.D.Sanders2@uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Virginia Department of Transportation, who owns and operates the Berkley (U.S. 460/S.R. 337) Bridge across the Elizabeth River, mile 0.4, at Norfolk, VA, has requested a temporary deviation from the current operating regulation set out in 33 CFR 117.1007(b), to facilitate testing of the emergency drive motors on both spans of the bridge. Under this temporary deviation, the bridge will remain in the closed-tonavigation position from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. on October 30, 2016. The drawbridge has two spans, each with double-leaf bascule draws, and both spans have a vertical clearance in the closed-to-navigation position of 48 feet above mean high water. The Berkley Bridge is used by recreational vessels, tug and barge traffic, fishing vessels, and small commercial vessels. The Coast Guard has carefully considered the nature and volume of vessel traffic on the waterway in publishing this temporary deviation. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:55 Oct 19, 2016 Jkt 241001 Vessels able to pass through the bridges in the closed position may do so at anytime. The bridge spans will not be able to open in case of an emergency and there is no immediate alternate route for vessels to pass. The Coast Guard will also inform the users of the waterway through our Local Notice and Broadcast Notices 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 the temporary deviation. In accordance with 33 CFR 117.35(e), the drawbridges must return to their 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: October 17, 2016. Hal R. Pitts, Bridge Program Manager, Fifth Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 2016–25435 Filed 10–19–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 [Docket Number USCG–2016–0749] RIN 1625–AA00 Safety Zone; Pago Pago Harbor, America Samoa Coast Guard, DHS. Temporary final rule. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard is establishing a safety zone during the 2016 Fautasi Ocean Challenge canoe race in Pago Pago Harbor, American Samoa, on November 11 and 25, 2016. This action is necessary to safeguard the participants and spectators, including all crews, vessels, and persons on the water in Pago Pago Harbor during the event. This regulation will functionally close the port to vessel traffic during the race, but will not require the evacuation of any vessels from the harbor. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring in the harbor would be prohibited to all vessels not registered with the sponsor as participants or not part of the race patrol, unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port (COTP) Honolulu or a designated representative. Vessels who are already moored or anchored in the harbor seeking permission to remain there shall request permission from COTP unless deemed a spectator vessel SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 72527 that is moored to a waterfront facility within the safety zone. DATES: This rule is effective from 10:00 a.m. on November 11, 2016 to 4:00 p.m. on November 25, 2016. ADDRESSES: To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to http:// www.regulations.gov, type USCG–2016– 0749 in the ‘‘SEARCH’’ box and click ‘‘SEARCH.’’ Click on Open Docket Folder on the line associated with this rule. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, call or email Lieutenant Commander Nicolas Jarboe, Waterways Management Division, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Honolulu; telephone (808) 541–4359, email nicolas.a.jarboe@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 On June 1, 2016, the Coast Guard received formal notification from the American Samoa Government that the 2016 Fautasi Ocean Challenge is scheduled to occur in Pago Pago Harbor on November 11 and 25, 2016. This annual event has strengthened local tradition for over a century. The event will consist of a series of races entirely within Pago Pago Harbor between longboats with paddling crews of 32–48 persons each. It is anticipated that a large number of spectator pleasure crafts will be drawn to the event. Spectator vessels and commercial vessel traffic will pose a significant safety hazard to the longboats, longboat crew members, and other persons and vessels involved with the event. In response, on August 29, 2016, the Coast Guard published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) titled Safety Zone; Pago Pago Harbor, American Samoa (81FR59163). There we stated why we issued the NPRM, and invited comments on our proposed regulatory action related to this fireworks display. During the comment period that ended September 28, 2016, we received one comment. We are issuing this rule, and under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for making it effective less than 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. The Coast Guard did not receive notification of this event in sufficient time to E:\FR\FM\20OCR1.SGM 20OCR1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 117

[Docket No. USCG-2016-0946]


Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Elizabeth River, Norfolk, VA

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 Berkley (U.S. 460/S.R. 337) Bridge 
across the Elizabeth River, mile 0.4, at Norfolk, VA. The deviation is 
necessary to facilitate testing of the emergency drive motors. This 
deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed-to-navigation 
position.

DATES: The deviation is effective from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. on October 30, 
2016.

ADDRESSES: The docket for this deviation, [USCG-2016-0946] 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 
temporary deviation, call or email Mr. Mickey Sanders, Bridge 
Administration Branch Fifth District, Coast Guard, telephone 757-398-
6587, email Mickey.D.Sanders2@uscg.mil.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Virginia Department of Transportation, 
who owns and operates the Berkley (U.S. 460/S.R. 337) Bridge across the 
Elizabeth River, mile 0.4, at Norfolk, VA, has requested a temporary 
deviation from the current operating regulation set out in 33 CFR 
117.1007(b), to facilitate testing of the emergency drive motors on 
both spans of the bridge.
    Under this temporary deviation, the bridge will remain in the 
closed-to-navigation position from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. on October 30, 
2016. The drawbridge has two spans, each with double-leaf bascule 
draws, and both spans have a vertical clearance in the closed-to-
navigation position of 48 feet above mean high water.
    The Berkley Bridge is used by recreational vessels, tug and barge 
traffic, fishing vessels, and small commercial vessels. The Coast Guard 
has carefully considered the nature and volume of vessel traffic on the 
waterway in publishing this temporary deviation.
    Vessels able to pass through the bridges in the closed position may 
do so at anytime. The bridge spans will not be able to open in case of 
an emergency and there is no immediate alternate route for vessels to 
pass. The Coast Guard will also inform the users of the waterway 
through our Local Notice and Broadcast Notices 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 the 
temporary deviation.
    In accordance with 33 CFR 117.35(e), the drawbridges must return to 
their 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: October 17, 2016.
Hal R. Pitts,
Bridge Program Manager, Fifth Coast Guard District.
[FR Doc. 2016-25435 Filed 10-19-16; 8:45 am]
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