Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Bayou Sara, Saraland, AL, 7241 [2021-01103]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 16 / Wednesday, January 27, 2021 / Rules and Regulations telephone (504) 671–2128, email Douglas.A.Blakemore@uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 117 [Docket No. USCG–2019–0910] Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Bayou Sara, Saraland, AL Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of temporary deviation from regulations; request for comments. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the CSX Transportation Railroad drawbridge across Bayou Sara, mile 0.1 near Saraland, Mobile County, Alabama. This deviation will test a change to the drawbridge operation schedule to determine whether a permanent change to the schedule is needed. The Coast Guard is seeking comments from the public regarding these proposed changes. SUMMARY: This deviation is effective without actual notice from 7:01 a.m. January 27, 2021 through 7 a.m. July 8, 2021. For the purposes of enforcement, actual notice will be used from 7 a.m. January 8, 2021 through 7 a.m. January 27, 2021. Comments and related material must reach the Coast Guard on or before July 8, 2021. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG– 2019–0910 using Federal eRulemaking Portal at https://www.regulations.gov. See the ‘‘Public Participation and Request for Comments’’ portion of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below for instructions on submitting comments. DATES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES you have questions on this test deviation, call or email Mr. Doug Blakemore, Eighth Coast Guard District, Bridge Administration Branch Chief; VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:30 Jan 26, 2021 Jkt 253001 I. Background, Purpose and Legal Basis The CSX Transportation Railroad drawbridge has a vertical clearance of 5′ in the closed to navigation position and operates in accordance with 33 CFR 117.105. The CSX Railroad Company, the owner of the bridge requested to change operation of the bridge from a tended drawbridge to a remotely operated drawbridge. CSX has completed installation of a remote operation system at the bridge and a remote control center, located in Mobile, AL. At the bridge, CSX has installed infrared cameras, closed circuit cameras and TVs, communication systems and information technology systems on the bridge that allow an operator from Mobile to monitor and control the bridge. They have also developed an operations manual that remote operators use to control each bridge. The purpose of this test is to evaluate the impact to navigation safety and vessels reasonable ability to use the waterway while the drawbridge is operated from the CSX remote control center in Mobile, AL. The bridge’s operation schedule and methods to contact the bridge to open will remain the same. The waterway users include recreational vessels and commercial tows; which combined requires approximately six openings a day. The Coast Guard will 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 PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 7241 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 material received during the comment period. Your comment 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 https:// www.regulations.gov. If your material cannot be submitted using https:// 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 https:// www.regulations.gov and will include any personal information you have provided. For more about privacy and submissions in response to this document, see DHS’s eRulemaking System of Records notice (85 FR 14226, March 11, 2020). Documents mentioned in this temporary deviation as being available in this docket and all public comments, will be in our online docket at https:// 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: January 11, 2021 Douglas Allen Blakemore, Sr., Chief, Bridge Administration Branch, Eighth Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 2021–01103 Filed 1–26–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P E:\FR\FM\27JAR1.SGM 27JAR1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 16 (Wednesday, January 27, 2021)]
[Rules and Regulations]
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 117

[Docket No. USCG-2019-0910]


Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Bayou Sara, Saraland, AL

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 CSX Transportation Railroad 
drawbridge across Bayou Sara, mile 0.1 near Saraland, Mobile County, 
Alabama. This deviation will test a change to the drawbridge operation 
schedule to determine whether a permanent change to the schedule is 
needed. The Coast Guard is seeking comments from the public regarding 
these proposed changes.

DATES: This deviation is effective without actual notice from 7:01 a.m. 
January 27, 2021 through 7 a.m. July 8, 2021. For the purposes of 
enforcement, actual notice will be used from 7 a.m. January 8, 2021 
through 7 a.m. January 27, 2021. Comments and related material must 
reach the Coast Guard on or before July 8, 2021.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG-
2019-0910 using Federal eRulemaking Portal at https://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 Mr. Doug Blakemore, Eighth Coast Guard 
District, Bridge Administration Branch Chief; telephone (504) 671-2128, 
email [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background, Purpose and Legal Basis

    The CSX Transportation Railroad drawbridge has a vertical clearance 
of 5' in the closed to navigation position and operates in accordance 
with 33 CFR 117.105. The CSX Railroad Company, the owner of the bridge 
requested to change operation of the bridge from a tended drawbridge to 
a remotely operated drawbridge.
    CSX has completed installation of a remote operation system at the 
bridge and a remote control center, located in Mobile, AL. At the 
bridge, CSX has installed infrared cameras, closed circuit cameras and 
TVs, communication systems and information technology systems on the 
bridge that allow an operator from Mobile to monitor and control the 
bridge. They have also developed an operations manual that remote 
operators use to control each bridge.
    The purpose of this test is to evaluate the impact to navigation 
safety and vessels reasonable ability to use the waterway while the 
drawbridge is operated from the CSX remote control center in Mobile, 
AL. The bridge's operation schedule and methods to contact the bridge 
to open will remain the same.
    The waterway users include recreational vessels and commercial 
tows; which combined requires approximately six openings a day.
    The Coast Guard will 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.

II. Public Participation and Request for Comments

    We view public participation as essential to effective rulemaking, 
and will consider all comments and material received during the comment 
period. Your comment 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 https://www.regulations.gov. If your material cannot be 
submitted using https://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 https://www.regulations.gov and will include any 
personal information you have provided. For more about privacy and 
submissions in response to this document, see DHS's eRulemaking System 
of Records notice (85 FR 14226, March 11, 2020).
    Documents mentioned in this temporary deviation as being available 
in this docket and all public comments, will be in our online docket at 
https://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: January 11, 2021
Douglas Allen Blakemore, Sr.,
Chief, Bridge Administration Branch, Eighth Coast Guard District.
[FR Doc. 2021-01103 Filed 1-26-21; 8:45 am]
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