Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Canaveral Barge Canal, Canaveral, FL, 61452 [2017-27969]

Download as PDF 61452 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 248 / Thursday, December 28, 2017 / Rules and Regulations DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 117 [Docket No. USCG–2017–0161] Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Canaveral Barge Canal, Canaveral, FL 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 SR 401 Drawbridges, mile 5.5 at Port Canaveral, Florida. The deviation is necessary to reduce vehicular traffic congestion and to ensure the safety of roadways while passengers are transiting to and from the cruise ship terminals. Since the arrival of additional cruise ships to the Port of Canaveral, massive traffic back-ups have been caused by the on demand drawbridge openings. This deviation allows the bridges to not open to navigation during prime cruise ship passenger loading and unloading times on Saturdays and Sundays. DATES: This deviation is effective without actual notice from December 28, 2017 through January 31, 2018. For the purposes of enforcement, actual notice will be used from December 5, 2017, until December 28, 2017. ADDRESSES: The docket for this deviation, USCG–2017–0161 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 LT Allan Storm, Sector Jacksonville, Waterways Management Division, U.S. Coast Guard; telephone 904–714–7616, email Allan.H.Storm@uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Canaveral Port Authority, with concurrence from the bridge owner, Florida Department of Transportation have requested the Coast Guard consider allowing the SR 401 Drawbridges across the Canaveral Barge Canal, Port Canaveral, Florida to not open to navigation from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. On October 23, 2017 the Coast Guard published a notice of proposed rulemaking entitled ‘‘Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Canaveral Barge Canal, Canaveral, FL in the Federal Register (82 FR 48940). Under that sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:07 Dec 27, 2017 Jkt 244001 proposed rule, the bridges would remain in the closed-to-navigation position from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The existing regulation for the SR 401 Drawbridges, across Canaveral Barge Canal, mile 5.5 at Port Canaveral, FL is published in 33 CFR 117.273(b). The SR 401 Drawbridges provide a vertical clearance of 25 feet in the closed position at Mean High Water (MHW) and a horizontal clearance of 90 feet between fenders. The bridge logs from October 2017 indicate that, at most, approximately nine vessels may be affected by establishing this three hour bridge closure on Saturdays and Sundays. The majority of the opening requests were either at the beginning or end of this closure period; therefore, by adjusting their transits slightly there should be a negligible overall effect. This temporary deviation is effective from December 28, 2017 until January 31, 2018. The Coast Guard will continue to evaluate the impact to mariners navigating this area during the closure periods. Vessels able to pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at any time. The bridge will be able to open for emergencies and there is no immediate alternate route for vessels to pass through the bridge in closed position. The Coast Guard will also inform the users of the waterways through our Local 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 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: December 5, 2017. Barry Dragon, Director, Bridge Branch, Seventh Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 2017–27969 Filed 12–27–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 117 [Docket No. USCG–2017–1031] Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Passaic River, Newark, NJ AGENCY: PO 00000 Coast Guard, DHS. Frm 00010 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Notice of temporary deviation from drawbridge regulation; modification. ACTION: The Coast Guard has modified a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Routes 1 & 9 (Lincoln Highway) Bridge across the Passaic River, mile 1.8 at Newark, New Jersey. This modified deviation extends the period the bridge may remain in the closed-to-navigation position and is necessary to facilitate structural steel repairs at the lift span. DATES: This modified deviation is effective from 12:01 a.m. January 6, 2018 to 11:59 p.m. February 2, 2018. ADDRESSES: The docket for this deviation, USCG–2017–1031, 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 Judy K. LeungYee, Bridge Management Specialist, First District Bridge Branch, U.S. Coast Guard; telephone 212–514–4336, email Judy.K.Leung-Yee@uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On November 21, 2017, the Coast Guard published a temporary deviation entitled ‘‘Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Passaic River, Newark, NJ’’ in the Federal Register (82 FR 55322). That temporary deviation allows the bridge to be in the closed position from November 20, 2017 through January 5, 2018. The owner of the bridge, the New Jersey Department of Transportation, requested a modification of the currently published deviation to extend the bridge closure from 12:01 a.m. January 6, 2018 to 11:59 p.m. February 2, 2018 in order to facilitate structural steel repairs at the lift span. The Routes 1 & 9 Bridge across the Passaic River, mile 1.8, at Newark, New Jersey is a vertical lift bridge with a vertical clearance of 40 feet at mean high water and 45 feet at mean low water in the closed position. The existing drawbridge operating regulations are listed at 33 CFR 117.739(b). The waterway users are seasonal recreational vessels and commercial vessels of various sizes. Coordination with waterway users indicated no objection to the proposed closure of the draw. Vessels that can pass under the bridge without an opening may do so at all times. The bridge will not be able to open for emergencies. There is no alternate route for vessels to pass. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\28DER1.SGM 28DER1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 117

[Docket No. USCG-2017-0161]


Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Canaveral Barge Canal, 
Canaveral, FL

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 SR 401 Drawbridges, mile 5.5 at 
Port Canaveral, Florida. The deviation is necessary to reduce vehicular 
traffic congestion and to ensure the safety of roadways while 
passengers are transiting to and from the cruise ship terminals. Since 
the arrival of additional cruise ships to the Port of Canaveral, 
massive traffic back-ups have been caused by the on demand drawbridge 
openings. This deviation allows the bridges to not open to navigation 
during prime cruise ship passenger loading and unloading times on 
Saturdays and Sundays.

DATES: This deviation is effective without actual notice from December 
28, 2017 through January 31, 2018. For the purposes of enforcement, 
actual notice will be used from December 5, 2017, until December 28, 
2017.

ADDRESSES: The docket for this deviation, USCG-2017-0161 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 LT Allan Storm, Sector Jacksonville, 
Waterways Management Division, U.S. Coast Guard; telephone 904-714-
7616, email [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Canaveral Port Authority, with 
concurrence from the bridge owner, Florida Department of Transportation 
have requested the Coast Guard consider allowing the SR 401 Drawbridges 
across the Canaveral Barge Canal, Port Canaveral, Florida to not open 
to navigation from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
    On October 23, 2017 the Coast Guard published a notice of proposed 
rulemaking entitled ``Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Canaveral Barge 
Canal, Canaveral, FL in the Federal Register (82 FR 48940). Under that 
proposed rule, the bridges would remain in the closed-to-navigation 
position from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The existing 
regulation for the SR 401 Drawbridges, across Canaveral Barge Canal, 
mile 5.5 at Port Canaveral, FL is published in 33 CFR 117.273(b). The 
SR 401 Drawbridges provide a vertical clearance of 25 feet in the 
closed position at Mean High Water (MHW) and a horizontal clearance of 
90 feet between fenders. The bridge logs from October 2017 indicate 
that, at most, approximately nine vessels may be affected by 
establishing this three hour bridge closure on Saturdays and Sundays. 
The majority of the opening requests were either at the beginning or 
end of this closure period; therefore, by adjusting their transits 
slightly there should be a negligible overall effect. This temporary 
deviation is effective from December 28, 2017 until January 31, 2018. 
The Coast Guard will continue to evaluate the impact to mariners 
navigating this area during the closure periods.
    Vessels able to pass through the bridge in the closed position may 
do so at any time. The bridge will be able to open for emergencies and 
there is no immediate alternate route for vessels to pass through the 
bridge in closed position. The Coast Guard will also inform the users 
of the waterways through our Local 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 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: December 5, 2017.
Barry Dragon,
Director, Bridge Branch, Seventh Coast Guard District.
[FR Doc. 2017-27969 Filed 12-27-17; 8:45 am]
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