Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Okeechobee Waterway (Caloosahatchee River), LaBelle, FL, 58745 [2018-25332]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 225 / Wednesday, November 21, 2018 / Rules and Regulations DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 117 [Docket No. USCG–2018–0825] Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Okeechobee Waterway (Caloosahatchee River), LaBelle, 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 Caloosahatchee River (SR 29/LaBelle) Bridge across the Okeechobee Waterway (Caloosahatchee River), mile 103, at LaBelle, FL. The deviation is necessary to accommodate repairs to the bridge. This deviation allows the bridge singleleaf openings with advanced notice for a double-leaf opening. DATES: This deviation is effective without actual notice from November 21, 2018 through 6 a.m. on December 31, 2018. For the purposes of enforcement, actual notice will be used from 6 a.m. on August 13, 2018, until November 21, 2018. ADDRESSES: The docket for this deviation, USCG–2018–0825 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 MST1 Deborah A. Schneller, Coast Guard Sector Saint Petersburg Waterways Management Division; telephone (813) 228–2194 x 8133, email Deborah.A.Schneller@ uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Seacoast Inc., on behalf of the bridge owner, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), has requested a temporary deviation from the current operating regulation that governs the Caloosahatchee River (SR29/LaBelle) Bridge across the Okeechobee Waterway (Caloosahatchee River), mile 103, at LaBelle, FL. The deviation is necessary to facilitate necessary repairs to the structural integrity of the bridge. The existing bridge is a double-leaf bascule bridge with at vertical clearance in the closed to navigation position of 28 feet under normal water level conditions on the Okeechobee Waterway. The current operating schedule is set out in 33 CFR 117.317(i)(j). Under this khammond on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:51 Nov 20, 2018 Jkt 247001 temporary deviation, the bridge will provide single-leaf openings utilizing the current operating schedule. Request for a double-leaf opening requires advance notice by contacting the bridge tender at (813) 228–2191 at least four hours in advance. The vertical clearance of the bridge will be reduced to 26 feet under normal water level conditions on the Okeechobee Waterway to allow for post tensioning of the existing steel floor beams. The Okeechobee Waterway (Caloosahatchee River) is used by a variety of vessels including U.S. government vessels, small commercial vessels, recreational vessels and tugs and barge traffic. The Coast Guard has carefully considered the restrictions with waterway users in publishing this temporary deviation. Vessels able to pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at any time. The bridge will not be able to provide a double-leaf opening for emergencies and there is no immediate 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: November 15, 2018. Barry L. Dragon, Director, Bridge Branch, Seventh Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 2018–25332 Filed 11–20–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 [Docket Number USCG–2018–0653] RIN 1625–AA00 Safety Zone; Ohio River, Mile 28.0 to 29.2, Vanport, Pennsylvania Coast Guard, DHS. Temporary final rule. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone for all navigable waters of the Ohio River from mile 28.0 to mile 29.2. This action SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 58745 is necessary to protect persons, vessels, and the marine environment from potential hazards associated with power line work across the river. Entry of persons or vessels into this zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Marine Safety Unit Pittsburgh or a designated representative. DATES: This rule is effective without actual notice from November 21, 2018 through December 31, 2018. For the purposes of enforcement, actual notice will be used from 6 a.m. on November 16, 2018 through November 21, 2018. ADDRESSES: To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to http:// www.regulations.gov, type USCG–2018– 0653 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 Petty Officer Jennifer Haggins, Marine Safety Unit Pittsburgh, U.S. Coast Guard; telephone 412–221–0807, email Jennifer.L.Haggins@uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Table of Abbreviations CFR Code of Federal Regulations COTP Captain of the Port Marine Safety Unit Pittsburgh 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 The Coast Guard is issuing this temporary 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)(3)(B), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for not publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) with respect to this rule because it is impracticable. This safety zone must be established by November 16, 2018 and we lack sufficient time to provide a reasonable comment period and then consider those comments before issuing this rule. The NPRM process would delay the establishment of the safety zone until after the date of the power line pulls and compromise public safety. 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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 117

[Docket No. USCG-2018-0825]


Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Okeechobee Waterway 
(Caloosahatchee River), LaBelle, 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 Caloosahatchee River (SR 29/
LaBelle) Bridge across the Okeechobee Waterway (Caloosahatchee River), 
mile 103, at LaBelle, FL. The deviation is necessary to accommodate 
repairs to the bridge. This deviation allows the bridge single-leaf 
openings with advanced notice for a double-leaf opening.

DATES: This deviation is effective without actual notice from November 
21, 2018 through 6 a.m. on December 31, 2018. For the purposes of 
enforcement, actual notice will be used from 6 a.m. on August 13, 2018, 
until November 21, 2018.

ADDRESSES: The docket for this deviation, USCG-2018-0825 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 MST1 Deborah A. Schneller, Coast 
Guard Sector Saint Petersburg Waterways Management Division; telephone 
(813) 228-2194 x 8133, email [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Seacoast Inc., on behalf of the bridge 
owner, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), has requested a 
temporary deviation from the current operating regulation that governs 
the Caloosahatchee River (SR29/LaBelle) Bridge across the Okeechobee 
Waterway (Caloosahatchee River), mile 103, at LaBelle, FL. The 
deviation is necessary to facilitate necessary repairs to the 
structural integrity of the bridge. The existing bridge is a double-
leaf bascule bridge with at vertical clearance in the closed to 
navigation position of 28 feet under normal water level conditions on 
the Okeechobee Waterway.
    The current operating schedule is set out in 33 CFR 117.317(i)(j). 
Under this temporary deviation, the bridge will provide single-leaf 
openings utilizing the current operating schedule. Request for a 
double-leaf opening requires advance notice by contacting the bridge 
tender at (813) 228-2191 at least four hours in advance. The vertical 
clearance of the bridge will be reduced to 26 feet under normal water 
level conditions on the Okeechobee Waterway to allow for post 
tensioning of the existing steel floor beams. The Okeechobee Waterway 
(Caloosahatchee River) is used by a variety of vessels including U.S. 
government vessels, small commercial vessels, recreational vessels and 
tugs and barge traffic. The Coast Guard has carefully considered the 
restrictions with waterway users in publishing this temporary 
deviation.
    Vessels able to pass through the bridge in the closed position may 
do so at any time. The bridge will not be able to provide a double-leaf 
opening for emergencies and there is no immediate 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: November 15, 2018.
Barry L. Dragon,
Director, Bridge Branch, Seventh Coast Guard District.
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