Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Shrewsbury River, Monmouth County Highway Bridge, Sea Bright, New Jersey, 32619-32622 [2019-14496]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 9, 2019 / Rules and Regulations khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES to-know basis to manage insider threat matters; facilitate insider threat investigations and activities; identify threats to PBGC resources, including threats to PBGC’s personnel, facilities, and information assets; track tips and referrals of potential insider threats to internal and external partners; meet other insider threat program requirements; and investigate/manage the unauthorized or attempted unauthorized disclosure of PII. Exemption Under section 552a(k) of the Privacy Act, PBGC may promulgate regulations exempting information contained in certain systems of records from specified sections of the Privacy Act including the section mandating disclosure of information to an individual who has requested it. Among other systems, PBGC may exempt a system that is ‘‘investigatory material compiled for law enforcement purposes.’’ 2 Under this provision, PBGC has exempted, in § 4209.11 of its Privacy Act regulation, records of the investigations conducted by its Inspector General and contained in a system of records entitled ‘‘PBGC–17, Office of Inspector General Investigative File System—PBGC.’’ The PBGC–26, PBGC Insider Threat and Data Loss Prevention—PBGC system contains: (1) Records derived from PBGC security investigations, (2) summaries or reports containing information about potential insider threats or the data loss prevention program, (3) information related to investigative or analytical efforts by PBGC insider threat program personnel, (4) reports about potential insider threats obtained through the management and operation of the PBGC insider threat program, and (5) reports about potential insider threats obtained from other Federal Government sources. The records contained in this new system include investigative material of actual, potential, or alleged criminal, civil, or administrative violations and law enforcement actions. These records are within the material permitted to be exempted under section 552a(k)(2) of the Privacy Act. PBGC is amending its Privacy Act regulation to add a new § 4902.12 that exempts PBGC–26, PBGC Insider Threat and Data Loss Prevention—PBGC, from 5 U.S.C. 552a(c)(3), (d), (e)(1), (e)(4)(G), (H), and (I) and (f). Exemption from these sections of the Privacy Act means that, with respect to records in the system, PBGC will not be required to: (1) Disclose records to an individual 2 See 16:30 Jul 08, 2019 Compliance With Rulemaking Guidelines This is a rule of ‘‘agency organization, procedure, or practice’’ and is limited to ‘‘agency organization, management, or personnel matters.’’ The exemption from provisions of the Privacy Act provided by the interim final rule affects only PBGC insiders described above. Accordingly, this rule is exempt from notice and public comment requirements under 5 U.S.C. 553(b) and the requirements of Executive Order 12866 and Executive Order 13771.3 Because no general notice of proposed rulemaking is required, the Regulatory Flexibility Act does not apply to this rule. See 5 U.S.C. 601(2), 603, 604. PBGC finds good cause exists for making the amendments set forth in this interim final rule effective less than 30 days after publication because the amendments support PBGC’s new system of records for insider threat detection and data loss prevention, which is effective July 9, 2019. List of Subjects in 29 CFR Part 4902 Jkt 247001 ‘‘PBGC–26, PBGC Insider Threat and Data Loss Prevention—PBGC’’ from the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552a(c)(3), (d), (e)(1), (e)(4)(G), (H), and (I) and (f). (2) Reasons for exemption. The reasons for asserting the exemption in this section are because the disclosure and other requirements of the Privacy Act could substantially compromise the efficacy and integrity of PBGC’s ability to investigate insider threat activities and the improper exfiltration of personally identifiable information. Disclosure could invade the privacy of other individuals and disclose their identity when they were expressly promised confidentiality. Disclosure could interfere with the integrity of information which would otherwise be subject to privileges, see, e.g., 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(5), and which could interfere with other important law enforcement concerns, see, e.g., 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(7). (b) [Reserved] Issued in Washington, DC. Gordon Hartogensis, Director, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. [FR Doc. 2019–14604 Filed 7–8–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7709–02–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Privacy. In consideration of the foregoing, PBGC is amending 29 CFR part 4902 as follows: Coast Guard PART 4902—DISCLOSURE AND AMENDMENT OF RECORDS PERTAINING TO INDIVIDUALS UNDER THE PRIVACY ACT RIN 1625–AA09 1. The authority citation for part 4902 is revised to read as follows: ■ Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552a, 29 U.S.C. 1302(b)(3). § 4902.1 2. Amend § 4902.1(d) by removing ‘‘4902.11’’ and adding in its place ‘‘4902.12’’. ■ § 4902.12 [Redesignated as § 4902.13] 3. Redesignate § 4902.12 as § 4902.13. ■ 4. Add new § 4902.12 to read as follows: ■ § 4902.12 Specific exemptions: Insider Threat and Data Loss Prevention. (a) Other law enforcement—(1) Exemption. Under the authority granted by 5 U.S.C. 552a(k)(2), PBGC hereby exempts the system of records entitled PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4700 33 CFR Part 117 [Docket No. USCG–2017–0460] Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Shrewsbury River, Monmouth County Highway Bridge, Sea Bright, New Jersey Coast Guard, DHS. Final rule. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard is modifying the operating schedule that governs the Monmouth County Highway Bridge (alternatively referred to as the ‘‘Sea Bright Bridge’’ or the ‘‘S–32 Bridge’’) across the Shrewsbury River, mile 4.0 at Sea Bright, New Jersey. The owner of the bridge, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders (Monmouth County), submitted a request to reduce the number of bridge openings during the summer months to better serve the needs of the community while continuing to meet the reasonable needs of navigation. DATES: This rule is effective July 23, 2019. ADDRESSES: To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being SUMMARY: [Amended] 3 See section 3(d)(3) of Executive Order 12866 and section 4(b) of Executive Order 13771. 5 U.S.C. 552a(k)(2). VerDate Sep<11>2014 upon request, (2) keep an accounting of individuals who request records, (3) maintain only records as necessary to accomplish an agency purpose, or (4) publish notice of certain revisions of the system of records. Sfmt 4700 32619 E:\FR\FM\09JYR1.SGM 09JYR1 32620 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 9, 2019 / Rules and Regulations CFR Code of Federal Regulations DHS Department of Homeland Security FR Federal Register OMB Office of Management and Budget NPRM Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Advance, Supplemental) § Section U.S.C. United States Code comments from the 2017 NPRM and the 2018 test deviation. Under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for making this rule effective in less than 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. This final rule lessens prior restrictions for notice requirements on the weekends and holidays during the summer months, and provides set schedules for bridge openings. The public comments in response to the test deviation and the NPRM support the promulgation of the modified regulation to reduce the notice required for bridge openings and set hourly openings for a specific period of time during the summer months. Making this rule effective as soon as possible within the timeframe most impacted (Memorial Day to Labor Day) will serve the needs of the community while continuing to meet the reasonable needs of navigation. II. Background Information and Regulatory History On July 18, 2017, we published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) entitled, ‘‘Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Shrewsbury River, Sea Bright, New Jersey’’ in the Federal Register (82 FR 32777). We received 129 comments from the NPRM. Further, Commander (dpb), First Coast Guard District also published a Public Notice 1–155 dated July 28, 2017. The notice requested comments and directed those comments be added to the docket. In response to the 129 comments received, additional data was gathered, including follow-up meetings with Monmouth County officials and review of bridge logs and traffic counts. Subsequently, the Coast Guard tested a temporary deviation with an alternate schedule for the 2018 boating season. On May 22, 2018 the Coast Guard published a temporary deviation from the operating schedule entitled, ‘‘Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Shrewsbury River, Sea Bright, New Jersey’’ in the Federal Register (83 FR 23581). The 2018 proposed change to the bridge operating schedule was tested to determine whether a permanent change was warranted to allow the draw to open as follows: The draw shall open on signal at all times; except that, from the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day, on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and holidays, between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., the draw need only open on the hour. One-hundred-twelve comments were received in response to the test deviation. This number includes the comments received directly to U.S. Coast Guard District One, Bridge Branch. We received a total of 241 III. Legal Authority and Need for Rule The Coast Guard is issuing this rule under authority 33 U.S.C. 499. The Monmouth County Highway Bridge, mile 4.0, across the Shrewsbury River at Sea Bright, New Jersey, has a vertical clearance of 15 feet at Mean High Water and 17 feet at Mean Low Water when the span is in the closed position. Vertical clearance is unlimited when the draw is open. Horizontal clearance is 75 feet. Waterway users include recreational vessels and a limited number of commercial vessels including tug/barge combinations. The existing drawbridge regulation, 33 CFR 117.755, requires the draw of the Monmouth County Highway Bridge to open as follows: The draw shall open on signal at all times; except that, from May 15 through September 30, Saturday, Sunday and holidays, between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., the draw need open only on the hour and half hour. This regulation has been in effect since July 6, 2010. Monmouth County, the owner of the bridge, requested a change to the drawbridge operating regulations given the increased volume of vehicular traffic crossing the bridge associated with the summer months. The increase of vehicular traffic resulted in significant traffic congestion on either side of the bridge during peak travel hours. The owner of the bridge asserted that traffic congestion will be improved or relieved through reduction of required bridge openings for vessels. In the summer of 2018, a deviation from the operating regulation was tested, from the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day. The operating regulations presently encompassing Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays was expanded to include Fridays as well, available in the docket, go to http:// www.regulations.gov. Type USCG– 2017–0460 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 Ms. Donna D. Leoce, Bridge Management Specialist, First Coast Guard District, telephone (212) 514– 4332, email Donna.D.Leoce@uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES I. Table of Abbreviations VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:30 Jul 08, 2019 Jkt 247001 PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., the draw was open only on the hour to allow for more efficient and economical operation of the bridge, given the volume of vehicular traffic crossing the bridge at the beginning of the weekend. Density patterns were recorded from the Monmouth County 2018 bridge logs for the Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Holiday timeframes. In June, from the first through the fifth weekends, boats requiring bridge openings numbered: 42, 50, 59, 52, and 76 respectfully. In July, from the first through the fourth weekends, including the July 4th holiday, boats requiring bridge openings numbered: 101, 41, 29, and 66, respectively. In August through September 3, 2018, from the first through the fifth weekend, boats requiring bridge openings numbered: 53, 40, 40, 77, and 22 respectively. The vessels that utilize the waterway are primarily recreational power boats, as well as sailboats and occasional commercial vessels including tugs and barges. Recorded from the Monmouth County vehicle traffic counts transiting east and west bound over the bridge from the first through the fifth weekends, July through September 3, 2018 range from 11,000 to over 15,000 vehicle crossings. IV. Discussion of Comments, Changes and the Final Rule One-hundred and ninety-three comments of the 241 comments received supported the modified and expanded bridge operating schedule; the majority of comments citing an improved difference in the vehicle traffic congestion or no difference in marine navigation, and recommended making the regulation permanent. Additionally, comments stated that emergency vehicles (including Fire Department/EMS and Law Enforcement) are better able to respond to emergency calls. Some comments indicated that switching to hourly weekend openings between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. (as opposed to openings on the hour and the halfhour) would likely mitigate (if not eliminate entirely) the worst aspects of recurrent traffic jams through reduced bridge openings. Thirty-one comments of the 241 comments received did not support the proposed hourly weekend opening schedule. These comments suggested that the modified bridge operation schedule either did not make a difference in the level of vehicular traffic congestion and actually created even more vehicular traffic or that hourly openings created marine safety issues or were inconvenient for boaters. Some commenters additionally note that E:\FR\FM\09JYR1.SGM 09JYR1 khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 9, 2019 / Rules and Regulations a backup in marine traffic could pose an environmental issue, due to increased diesel exhaust in the area from boats idling awaiting the bridge opening. In addition, some commenters stated bridge tenders tend to leave bridge open too long. While this may be the case, the Coast Guard believes on-site bridge tenders have a clear view of the waterway and are the best persons to determine safe situations for vessel transits. Some commenters suggested instead of changing the bridge opening schedule that unnecessary bridge openings could be avoided by training bridge tenders to demand antennas and outriggers be lowered. The Coast Guard disagrees with this suggestion, as the regulations found in 33 CFR 117.11 discuss the unnecessary openings of drawbridge, including vessels who have not lowered all appurantances that can be lowered. Any complaints of non-compliance of these regulations shall be reported to the Coast Guard. Other comments stated when the bridge is open every hour and half hour, boat traffic moves through more quickly and road traffic is not delayed as long as during the hourly openings. While the Coast Guard agrees that boat traffic would be faster with the half hour openings compared to hourly openings, = we disagree with the assertion that road traffic is not effected. After review of the vessel and traffic counts presented in Section III above and follow-up discussions with Monmouth County engineers, the Coast Guard concluded that there is an improvement to land traffic with little effect to marine traffic. Lastly, some commenters stated the test deviation created more hazardous conditions, including increased congestion on the water and a higher risk for accidents due to inexperienced boaters, currents, and difficulty maneuvering. While the Coast Guard agrees the waterway is narrow and challenging to maneuver during tidal cycles, mariners should be knowledgeable of the waterway ‘‘Rules of the Road’’ and be able to plan their voyages accordingly under this modified regulation to enable safe transits through the bridge. In response to the additional comments summarized that a new, higher bridge should be built, Monmouth County is in the preapplication phase of concept development for a new bridge and the public will have an opportunity to comment. Some comments expressed either no clear preference or alternate suggestions to the proposed rule change. The suggested alternatives offered by commenters included: 1. Curtailing the VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:30 Jul 08, 2019 Jkt 247001 bridge openings on the weekends further to every two hours or not at all; 2. Opening the bridge every 45 minutes within the specific hour window in the proposed rule; 3. Shrinking the hourly opening window to between 11:00 and 4:00 p.m. The agency considered all options presented by commenters. As stated, the agency feels that the proposed rule strikes the correct balance between relieving traffic congestion issues and boater safety, and declines to adopt the proposed suggestions. It is the Coast Guard’s opinion that this rule meets the reasonable needs of marine navigation with a positive effect on vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The rule allows for more efficient and economical operation of the bridge. Further, the new schedule balances the seasonally high volume of roadway traffic crossing the bridge during peak hours, with the existing needs of marine traffic. V. Regulatory Analyses We developed this rule after considering numerous statutes and Executive Orders related to rulemaking. Below we summarize our analyses based on a number of these statutes and Executive Orders, and we discuss First Amendment rights of protesters. A. Regulatory Planning and Review Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess the costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits. Executive Order 13771 directs agencies to control regulatory costs through a budgeting process. This rule has not been designated a ‘‘significant regulatory action,’’ under Executive Order 12866. Accordingly, it has not been reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and pursuant to OMB guidance it is exempt from the requirements of Executive Order 13771. The Coast Guard believes this rule is not a significant regulatory action. The bridge will open on the hour from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., during Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and holidays, throughout the summertime boating season, while still opening on signal during evening hours as well as through the autumn, winter and spring months. The minimum 15 foot vertical clearance available while the bridge is in the closed position is sufficient to allow a significant number of recreational vessels to safely and expeditiously pass through the draw without opening. PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 32621 B. Impact on Small Entities The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 (RFA), 5 U.S.C. 601–612, as amended, requires federal agencies to consider the potential impact of regulations on small entities during rulemaking. The term ‘‘small entities’’ comprises small businesses, not-for-profit organizations that are independently owned and operated and are not dominant in their fields, and governmental jurisdictions with populations of less than 50,000. The Coast Guard received no comments from the Small Business Administration on this rule. The Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. While some owners or operators of vessels intending to transit the bridge may be small entities, for the reasons stated in section V.A. above, this final rule would not have a significant economic impact on any vessel owner or operator. Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104–121), we want to assist small entities in understanding this rule. If the rule would affect your small business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction and you have questions concerning its provisions or options for compliance, please contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, above. Small businesses may send comments on the actions of Federal employees who enforce, or otherwise determine compliance with, Federal regulations to the Small Business and Agriculture Regulatory Enforcement Ombudsman and the Regional Small Business Regulatory Fairness Boards. The Ombudsman evaluates these actions annually and rates each agency’s responsiveness to small business. If you 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 E:\FR\FM\09JYR1.SGM 09JYR1 32622 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 9, 2019 / Rules and Regulations the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. We have analyzed this rule under that Order and have determined that it is consistent with the fundamental federalism principles and preemption requirements described in Executive Order 13132. Also, this rule does not have tribal implications under Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, because it does not have a substantial direct effect on one or more Indian tribes, on the relationship between the Federal Government and Indian tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities between the Federal Government and Indian tribes. The Coast Guard received no comments on this section. If you believe this rule has implications for federalism or Indian tribes, please contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. F. Environment khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES 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; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. 2. In § 117.755, paragraph (a) is revised to read as follows: The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1531–1538) requires Federal agencies to assess the effects of their discretionary regulatory actions. 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. The Coast Guard received no comments on this section. § 117.755 Shrewsbury River. * * * * * (a) The draw shall open on signal at all times; except that, from the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day, on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays, between 9 a.m. and 7.pm., the draw need only open on the hour. * * * * * Dated: June 17, 2019. R.W. Warren, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Acting Commander, First Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 2019–14496 Filed 7–8–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P 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 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 preliminary Record of Environmental Consideration and a Memorandum for the Record are not required for this rule. 16:30 Jul 08, 2019 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. ■ E. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act VerDate Sep<11>2014 G. Protest Activities Jkt 247001 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service 36 CFR Part 7 [NPS–NCR–28341; PPNCNAMAS0, PPMPSPD1Z.YM0000] RIN 1024–AE59 National Capital Region; Event at the Washington Monument National Park Service, Interior. Temporary rule. AGENCY: ACTION: The National Park Service is temporarily revising a regulation for the National Capital Region. This revision will allow the projection of governmentselected film footage and associated imagery of the Apollo 11 Mission onto the Washington Monument for an SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 official celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. This revision will allow for the event within a restricted zone at the Washington Monument from July 16 to July 20, 2019. The revision to the regulations will last long enough to allow for the setup and take-down of equipment related to the event, from July 12 through July 23. DATES: Effective July 12, 2019 through 11:59 EDT on July 23, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffrey Reinbold, Superintendent, National Mall and Memorial Parks, (202) 245–4661, NAMA_ Superintendent@nps.gov. 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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 117

[Docket No. USCG-2017-0460]
RIN 1625-AA09


Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Shrewsbury River, Monmouth 
County Highway Bridge, Sea Bright, New Jersey

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is modifying the operating schedule that 
governs the Monmouth County Highway Bridge (alternatively referred to 
as the ``Sea Bright Bridge'' or the ``S-32 Bridge'') across the 
Shrewsbury River, mile 4.0 at Sea Bright, New Jersey. The owner of the 
bridge, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders (Monmouth 
County), submitted a request to reduce the number of bridge openings 
during the summer months to better serve the needs of the community 
while continuing to meet the reasonable needs of navigation.

DATES: This rule is effective July 23, 2019.

ADDRESSES: To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being

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available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov. Type USCG-
2017-0460 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 Ms. Donna D. Leoce, Bridge Management Specialist, First 
Coast Guard District, telephone (212) 514-4332, email 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Table of Abbreviations

CFR Code of Federal Regulations
DHS Department of Homeland Security
FR Federal Register
OMB Office of Management and Budget
NPRM Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Advance, Supplemental)
Sec.  Section
U.S.C. United States Code

II. Background Information and Regulatory History

    On July 18, 2017, we published a notice of proposed rulemaking 
(NPRM) entitled, ``Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Shrewsbury River, 
Sea Bright, New Jersey'' in the Federal Register (82 FR 32777). We 
received 129 comments from the NPRM. Further, Commander (dpb), First 
Coast Guard District also published a Public Notice 1-155 dated July 
28, 2017. The notice requested comments and directed those comments be 
added to the docket. In response to the 129 comments received, 
additional data was gathered, including follow-up meetings with 
Monmouth County officials and review of bridge logs and traffic counts. 
Subsequently, the Coast Guard tested a temporary deviation with an 
alternate schedule for the 2018 boating season. On May 22, 2018 the 
Coast Guard published a temporary deviation from the operating schedule 
entitled, ``Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Shrewsbury River, Sea 
Bright, New Jersey'' in the Federal Register (83 FR 23581). The 2018 
proposed change to the bridge operating schedule was tested to 
determine whether a permanent change was warranted to allow the draw to 
open as follows:
    The draw shall open on signal at all times; except that, from the 
Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day, on Friday, Saturday, 
Sunday, and holidays, between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., the draw need only 
open on the hour.
    One-hundred-twelve comments were received in response to the test 
deviation. This number includes the comments received directly to U.S. 
Coast Guard District One, Bridge Branch. We received a total of 241 
comments from the 2017 NPRM and the 2018 test deviation.
    Under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), the Coast Guard finds that good cause 
exists for making this rule effective in less than 30 days after 
publication in the Federal Register. This final rule lessens prior 
restrictions for notice requirements on the weekends and holidays 
during the summer months, and provides set schedules for bridge 
openings. The public comments in response to the test deviation and the 
NPRM support the promulgation of the modified regulation to reduce the 
notice required for bridge openings and set hourly openings for a 
specific period of time during the summer months. Making this rule 
effective as soon as possible within the timeframe most impacted 
(Memorial Day to Labor Day) will serve the needs of the community while 
continuing to meet the reasonable needs of navigation.

III. Legal Authority and Need for Rule

    The Coast Guard is issuing this rule under authority 33 U.S.C. 499. 
The Monmouth County Highway Bridge, mile 4.0, across the Shrewsbury 
River at Sea Bright, New Jersey, has a vertical clearance of 15 feet at 
Mean High Water and 17 feet at Mean Low Water when the span is in the 
closed position. Vertical clearance is unlimited when the draw is open. 
Horizontal clearance is 75 feet. Waterway users include recreational 
vessels and a limited number of commercial vessels including tug/barge 
combinations.
    The existing drawbridge regulation, 33 CFR 117.755, requires the 
draw of the Monmouth County Highway Bridge to open as follows: The draw 
shall open on signal at all times; except that, from May 15 through 
September 30, Saturday, Sunday and holidays, between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., 
the draw need open only on the hour and half hour. This regulation has 
been in effect since July 6, 2010. Monmouth County, the owner of the 
bridge, requested a change to the drawbridge operating regulations 
given the increased volume of vehicular traffic crossing the bridge 
associated with the summer months. The increase of vehicular traffic 
resulted in significant traffic congestion on either side of the bridge 
during peak travel hours. The owner of the bridge asserted that traffic 
congestion will be improved or relieved through reduction of required 
bridge openings for vessels. In the summer of 2018, a deviation from 
the operating regulation was tested, from the Friday before Memorial 
Day through Labor Day. The operating regulations presently encompassing 
Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays was expanded to include Fridays as 
well, between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., the draw was open only on the hour to 
allow for more efficient and economical operation of the bridge, given 
the volume of vehicular traffic crossing the bridge at the beginning of 
the weekend.
    Density patterns were recorded from the Monmouth County 2018 bridge 
logs for the Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Holiday timeframes. In June, 
from the first through the fifth weekends, boats requiring bridge 
openings numbered: 42, 50, 59, 52, and 76 respectfully. In July, from 
the first through the fourth weekends, including the July 4th holiday, 
boats requiring bridge openings numbered: 101, 41, 29, and 66, 
respectively. In August through September 3, 2018, from the first 
through the fifth weekend, boats requiring bridge openings numbered: 
53, 40, 40, 77, and 22 respectively. The vessels that utilize the 
waterway are primarily recreational power boats, as well as sailboats 
and occasional commercial vessels including tugs and barges.
    Recorded from the Monmouth County vehicle traffic counts transiting 
east and west bound over the bridge from the first through the fifth 
weekends, July through September 3, 2018 range from 11,000 to over 
15,000 vehicle crossings.

IV. Discussion of Comments, Changes and the Final Rule

    One-hundred and ninety-three comments of the 241 comments received 
supported the modified and expanded bridge operating schedule; the 
majority of comments citing an improved difference in the vehicle 
traffic congestion or no difference in marine navigation, and 
recommended making the regulation permanent. Additionally, comments 
stated that emergency vehicles (including Fire Department/EMS and Law 
Enforcement) are better able to respond to emergency calls. Some 
comments indicated that switching to hourly weekend openings between 9 
a.m. and 7 p.m. (as opposed to openings on the hour and the half-hour) 
would likely mitigate (if not eliminate entirely) the worst aspects of 
recurrent traffic jams through reduced bridge openings.
    Thirty-one comments of the 241 comments received did not support 
the proposed hourly weekend opening schedule. These comments suggested 
that the modified bridge operation schedule either did not make a 
difference in the level of vehicular traffic congestion and actually 
created even more vehicular traffic or that hourly openings created 
marine safety issues or were inconvenient for boaters. Some commenters 
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a backup in marine traffic could pose an environmental issue, due to 
increased diesel exhaust in the area from boats idling awaiting the 
bridge opening. In addition, some commenters stated bridge tenders tend 
to leave bridge open too long. While this may be the case, the Coast 
Guard believes on-site bridge tenders have a clear view of the waterway 
and are the best persons to determine safe situations for vessel 
transits.
    Some commenters suggested instead of changing the bridge opening 
schedule that unnecessary bridge openings could be avoided by training 
bridge tenders to demand antennas and outriggers be lowered. The Coast 
Guard disagrees with this suggestion, as the regulations found in 33 
CFR 117.11 discuss the unnecessary openings of drawbridge, including 
vessels who have not lowered all appurantances that can be lowered. Any 
complaints of non-compliance of these regulations shall be reported to 
the Coast Guard.
    Other comments stated when the bridge is open every hour and half 
hour, boat traffic moves through more quickly and road traffic is not 
delayed as long as during the hourly openings. While the Coast Guard 
agrees that boat traffic would be faster with the half hour openings 
compared to hourly openings, = we disagree with the assertion that road 
traffic is not effected. After review of the vessel and traffic counts 
presented in Section III above and follow-up discussions with Monmouth 
County engineers, the Coast Guard concluded that there is an 
improvement to land traffic with little effect to marine traffic. 
Lastly, some commenters stated the test deviation created more 
hazardous conditions, including increased congestion on the water and a 
higher risk for accidents due to inexperienced boaters, currents, and 
difficulty maneuvering. While the Coast Guard agrees the waterway is 
narrow and challenging to maneuver during tidal cycles, mariners should 
be knowledgeable of the waterway ``Rules of the Road'' and be able to 
plan their voyages accordingly under this modified regulation to enable 
safe transits through the bridge. In response to the additional 
comments summarized that a new, higher bridge should be built, Monmouth 
County is in the pre-application phase of concept development for a new 
bridge and the public will have an opportunity to comment.
    Some comments expressed either no clear preference or alternate 
suggestions to the proposed rule change. The suggested alternatives 
offered by commenters included: 1. Curtailing the bridge openings on 
the weekends further to every two hours or not at all; 2. Opening the 
bridge every 45 minutes within the specific hour window in the proposed 
rule; 3. Shrinking the hourly opening window to between 11:00 and 4:00 
p.m. The agency considered all options presented by commenters. As 
stated, the agency feels that the proposed rule strikes the correct 
balance between relieving traffic congestion issues and boater safety, 
and declines to adopt the proposed suggestions.
    It is the Coast Guard's opinion that this rule meets the reasonable 
needs of marine navigation with a positive effect on vehicular and 
pedestrian traffic. The rule allows for more efficient and economical 
operation of the bridge. Further, the new schedule balances the 
seasonally high volume of roadway traffic crossing the bridge during 
peak hours, with the existing needs of marine traffic.

V. Regulatory Analyses

    We developed this rule after considering numerous statutes and 
Executive Orders related to rulemaking. Below we summarize our analyses 
based on a number of these statutes and Executive Orders, and we 
discuss First Amendment rights of protesters.

A. Regulatory Planning and Review

    Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess the 
costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if 
regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize 
net benefits. Executive Order 13771 directs agencies to control 
regulatory costs through a budgeting process. This rule has not been 
designated a ``significant regulatory action,'' under Executive Order 
12866. Accordingly, it has not been reviewed by the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) and pursuant to OMB guidance it is exempt 
from the requirements of Executive Order 13771.
    The Coast Guard believes this rule is not a significant regulatory 
action. The bridge will open on the hour from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., during 
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and holidays, throughout the summertime 
boating season, while still opening on signal during evening hours as 
well as through the autumn, winter and spring months. The minimum 15 
foot vertical clearance available while the bridge is in the closed 
position is sufficient to allow a significant number of recreational 
vessels to safely and expeditiously pass through the draw without 
opening.

B. Impact on Small Entities

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 (RFA), 5 U.S.C. 601-612, as 
amended, requires federal agencies to consider the potential impact of 
regulations on small entities during rulemaking. The term ``small 
entities'' comprises small businesses, not-for-profit organizations 
that are independently owned and operated and are not dominant in their 
fields, and governmental jurisdictions with populations of less than 
50,000. The Coast Guard received no comments from the Small Business 
Administration on this rule. The Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 
605(b) that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a 
substantial number of small entities. While some owners or operators of 
vessels intending to transit the bridge may be small entities, for the 
reasons stated in section V.A. above, this final rule would not have a 
significant economic impact on any vessel owner or operator. Under 
section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness 
Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121), we want to assist small entities in 
understanding this rule. If the rule would affect your small business, 
organization, or governmental jurisdiction and you have questions 
concerning its provisions or options for compliance, please contact the 
person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, above.
    Small businesses may send comments on the actions of Federal 
employees who enforce, or otherwise determine compliance with, Federal 
regulations to the Small Business and Agriculture Regulatory 
Enforcement Ombudsman and the Regional Small Business Regulatory 
Fairness Boards. The Ombudsman evaluates these actions annually and 
rates each agency's responsiveness to small business. If you 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 
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the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among 
the various levels of government. We have analyzed this rule under that 
Order and have determined that it is consistent with the fundamental 
federalism principles and preemption requirements described in 
Executive Order 13132.
    Also, this rule does not have tribal implications under Executive 
Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal 
Governments, because it does not have a substantial direct effect on 
one or more Indian tribes, on the relationship between the Federal 
Government and Indian tribes, or on the distribution of power and 
responsibilities between the Federal Government and Indian tribes. The 
Coast Guard received no comments on this section. If you believe this 
rule has implications for federalism or Indian tribes, please contact 
the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section.

E. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

    The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1531-1538) 
requires Federal agencies to assess the effects of their discretionary 
regulatory actions. 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. The Coast Guard received no comments on this section.

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 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 preliminary 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

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1. The authority citation for part 117 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 33 U.S.C. 499; 33 CFR 1.05-1; Department of Homeland 
Security Delegation No. 0170.1.


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2. In Sec.  117.755, paragraph (a) is revised to read as follows:


Sec.  117.755  Shrewsbury River.

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    (a) The draw shall open on signal at all times; except that, from 
the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day, on Friday, Saturday, 
Sunday and holidays, between 9 a.m. and 7.pm., the draw need only open 
on the hour.
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    Dated: June 17, 2019.
R.W. Warren,
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Acting Commander, First Coast Guard 
District.
[FR Doc. 2019-14496 Filed 7-8-19; 8:45 am]
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