Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Petaluma River, Haystack Landing (Petaluma), CA, 8936-8937 [2018-04251]

Download as PDF 8936 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 42 / Friday, March 2, 2018 / Rules and Regulations 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. C. 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). D. Federalism and Indian Tribal Government 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. 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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, we do discuss the effects of this rule elsewhere in this preamble. F. 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 made a determination that this action is one of a category of actions which do not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:25 Mar 01, 2018 Jkt 244001 the human environment. This rule simply promulgates the operating regulations or procedures for drawbridges. This action is categorically excluded from further review, under figure 2–1, paragraph (32)(e), of the Instruction. A Record of Environmental Consideration and a Memorandum for the Record are not required for this rule. G. 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. 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 1. The authority citation for part 117 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 33 U.S.C. 499; 33 CFR 1.05–1; and Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. 2. In § 117.1101, add introductory text to read as follows: ■ § 117.1101 Sturgeon Bay. The draws of the Bayview (State Route 42/57) and Michigan Street bridges, miles 3.0 and 4.3, respectively, at Sturgeon Bay, are remotely operated by the tender at Maple-Oregon bridge, mile 4.17, and shall open as follows: * * * * * Dated: February 15, 2018. J.M. Nunan, Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 2018–04299 Filed 3–1–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 117 [Docket No. USCG–2018–0091] Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Petaluma River, Haystack Landing (Petaluma), CA AGENCY: PO 00000 Coast Guard, DHS. Frm 00010 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Notice of temporary deviation from regulations; request for comments. ACTION: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Northwestern Pacific (SMART) railroad bridge across the Petaluma River, mile 12.4, at Haystack Landing (Petaluma), CA. This deviation will test a change to the drawbridge operation schedule to determine whether a permanent change to the schedule is appropriate. This test deviation will modify the existing regulation to add an advance notification requirement for obtaining bridge openings. DATES: This deviation is effective from 6 a.m. on March 19, 2018 to 6 a.m. on June 17, 2018. Comments and related materials must reach the Coast Guard on or before July 2, 2018. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG– 2018–0091 using Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. See the ‘‘Public Participation and Request for Comments’’ portion of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below for instructions on submitting comments. SUMMARY: If you have questions on this test deviation, call or email Carl T. Hausner, Chief, Bridge Section, Eleventh Coast Guard District; telephone 510–437– 3516; email Carl.T.Hausner@uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: I. Background, Purpose and Legal Basis Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) owns the Northwestern Pacific railroad bridge across the Petaluma River, mile 12.4, at Haystack Landing (Petaluma), CA. The bridge has a vertical clearance of 3.6 feet above mean high water in the closed-tonavigation position and unlimited vertical clearance in the open-tonavigation position, and currently operates under 33 CFR 117.187(a). In 2015, SMART replaced the original swing bridge with a single leaf bascule bridge. Prior to 2015, the swing bridge was rarely used and was maintained in the fully open position. Commuter rail service began on August 25, 2017. Currently 32 trains cross the bridge each day. The Petaluma River supports commercial and recreational traffic. Due to an increase in said rail traffic, SMART has requested the drawspan remain in the closed-to-navigation position to avoid unnecessary bridge openings. The Coast Guard is publishing this temporary deviation to test the proposed schedule change SMART has E:\FR\FM\02MRR1.SGM 02MRR1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 42 / Friday, March 2, 2018 / Rules and Regulations daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES requested to determine whether a permanent change to the schedule is appropriate to better balance the needs of marine and rail traffic. Under this temporary deviation, in effect from 6 a.m. on March 19, 2018 to 6 a.m. on June 17, 2018, the bridge shall open on signal from 3 a.m. to 11 p.m. if at least 2 hours notice is given to the drawtender. At all other times, the draw shall be maintained in the fully open position, except for the passage of trains or for maintenance. To request an opening, mariners can contact the drawtender via marine radio VHF–FM channel 16/9 or by telephone at (707) 890–8650. Vessels able to pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at anytime. The bridge will be required to open as soon as practicable for vessels engaged in emergency response. SMART will log dates and times of vessels requesting openings. There are no alternate routes for vessels transiting upstream of the bridge on the Petaluma River. The Coast Guard will also inform the users of the waterways through our Local and Broadcast Notices to Mariners and through direct outreach to local harbors, marinas, and water-based business of the temporary change in the 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. II. Public Participation and Request for Comments We view public participation as essential to effective rulemaking, and will consider all comments and materials received during the comment period. Your comments can help shape the outcome of this rulemaking. If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this rulemaking, indicate the specific section of this document to which each comment applies, and provide a reason for each suggestion or recommendation. We encourage you to submit comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http:// www.regulations.gov. If your material cannot be submitted using http:// www.regulations.gov, contact the person in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document for alternate instructions. We accept anonymous comments. All comments received will be posted VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:25 Mar 01, 2018 Jkt 244001 without change to http:// www.regulations.gov and will include any personal information you have provided. For more about privacy and the docket, visit http:// www.regulations.gov/privacynotice. Documents mentioned in this document as being available in this docket and all public comments, will be in our online docket at http:// www.regulations.gov and can be viewed by following that website’s instructions. Additionally, if you go to the online docket and sign up for email alerts, you will be notified when comments are posted or a final rule is published. Dated: February 26, 2018. Carl T. Hausner, District Bridge Chief, Eleventh Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 2018–04251 Filed 3–1–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 117 [Docket No. USCG–2018–0111] Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Passaic River, Harrison, NJ 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 Route 280 Bridge across the Passaic River, mile 5.8, at Harrison, New Jersey. The deviation is necessary to perform work on the switch gear power source of the bridge. This deviation allows the bridge to undergo necessary maintenance for Route 21 interchange improvements. This deviation allows the bridge to remain closed during the maintenance period. SUMMARY: This deviation is effective from 12:01 a.m. on March 1, 2018, until 11:59 p.m. on March 7, 2018. ADDRESSES: The docket for this deviation, USCG–2018–0111, 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 DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 8937 Guard; telephone 212–514–4336, email Judy.K.Leung-Yee@uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The owner of the bridge, the New Jersey Department of Transportation, requested a temporary deviation in order to perform work on the switch gear power source of the bridge. The Route 280 Bridge across the Passaic River, mile 5.8, at Harrison, New Jersey is a vertical lift bridge with a vertical clearance of 35 feet at mean high water and 40 feet at mean low water in the closed position. The existing drawbridge operating regulations are listed at 33 CFR 117.739(h). This temporary deviation will allow the Route 280 Bridge to remain in the closed position from 12:01 a.m. on March 1, 2018, to 11:59 p.m. on March 7, 2018. The deviation will have negligible effect on navigation. The waterway is transited by recreational and commercial vessels. Coordination with waterway users has 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. 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: February 27, 2018. Christopher J. Bisignano, Supervisory Bridge Management Specialist, First Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 2018–04249 Filed 3–1–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 117 [Docket No. USCG–2018–0031] Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Curtis Creek, Baltimore, MD AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\02MRR1.SGM Coast Guard, DHS. 02MRR1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 42 (Friday, March 2, 2018)]
[Rules and Regulations]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 117

[Docket No. USCG-2018-0091]


Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Petaluma River, Haystack Landing 
(Petaluma), CA

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Notice of temporary deviation from regulations; request for 
comments.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the 
operating schedule that governs the Northwestern Pacific (SMART) 
railroad bridge across the Petaluma River, mile 12.4, at Haystack 
Landing (Petaluma), CA. This deviation will test a change to the 
drawbridge operation schedule to determine whether a permanent change 
to the schedule is appropriate. This test deviation will modify the 
existing regulation to add an advance notification requirement for 
obtaining bridge openings.

DATES: This deviation is effective from 6 a.m. on March 19, 2018 to 6 
a.m. on June 17, 2018.
    Comments and related materials must reach the Coast Guard on or 
before July 2, 2018.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG-
2018-0091 using Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov.
    See the ``Public Participation and Request for Comments'' portion 
of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below for instructions on 
submitting comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this test 
deviation, call or email Carl T. Hausner, Chief, Bridge Section, 
Eleventh Coast Guard District; telephone 510-437-3516; email 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background, Purpose and Legal Basis

    Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) owns the Northwestern 
Pacific railroad bridge across the Petaluma River, mile 12.4, at 
Haystack Landing (Petaluma), CA. The bridge has a vertical clearance of 
3.6 feet above mean high water in the closed-to-navigation position and 
unlimited vertical clearance in the open-to-navigation position, and 
currently operates under 33 CFR 117.187(a).
    In 2015, SMART replaced the original swing bridge with a single 
leaf bascule bridge. Prior to 2015, the swing bridge was rarely used 
and was maintained in the fully open position. Commuter rail service 
began on August 25, 2017. Currently 32 trains cross the bridge each 
day. The Petaluma River supports commercial and recreational traffic. 
Due to an increase in said rail traffic, SMART has requested the 
drawspan remain in the closed-to-navigation position to avoid 
unnecessary bridge openings. The Coast Guard is publishing this 
temporary deviation to test the proposed schedule change SMART has

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requested to determine whether a permanent change to the schedule is 
appropriate to better balance the needs of marine and rail traffic.
    Under this temporary deviation, in effect from 6 a.m. on March 19, 
2018 to 6 a.m. on June 17, 2018, the bridge shall open on signal from 3 
a.m. to 11 p.m. if at least 2 hours notice is given to the drawtender. 
At all other times, the draw shall be maintained in the fully open 
position, except for the passage of trains or for maintenance. To 
request an opening, mariners can contact the drawtender via marine 
radio VHF-FM channel 16/9 or by telephone at (707) 890-8650. Vessels 
able to pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at 
anytime. The bridge will be required to open as soon as practicable for 
vessels engaged in emergency response. SMART will log dates and times 
of vessels requesting openings. There are no alternate routes for 
vessels transiting upstream of the bridge on the Petaluma River.
    The Coast Guard will also inform the users of the waterways through 
our Local and Broadcast Notices to Mariners and through direct outreach 
to local harbors, marinas, and water-based business of the temporary 
change in the 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.

II. Public Participation and Request for Comments

    We view public participation as essential to effective rulemaking, 
and will consider all comments and materials received during the 
comment period. Your comments can help shape the outcome of this 
rulemaking. If you submit a comment, please include the docket number 
for this rulemaking, indicate the specific section of this document to 
which each comment applies, and provide a reason for each suggestion or 
recommendation.
    We encourage you to submit comments through the Federal eRulemaking 
Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. If your material cannot be 
submitted using http://www.regulations.gov, contact the person in the 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document for alternate 
instructions.
    We accept anonymous comments. All comments received will be posted 
without change to http://www.regulations.gov and will include any 
personal information you have provided. For more about privacy and the 
docket, visit http://www.regulations.gov/privacynotice.
    Documents mentioned in this document as being available in this 
docket and all public comments, will be in our online docket at http://www.regulations.gov and can be viewed by following that website's 
instructions. Additionally, if you go to the online docket and sign up 
for email alerts, you will be notified when comments are posted or a 
final rule is published.

    Dated: February 26, 2018.
Carl T. Hausner,
District Bridge Chief, Eleventh Coast Guard District.
[FR Doc. 2018-04251 Filed 3-1-18; 8:45 am]
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