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Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Manitowoc River, Wisconsin

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Coast Guard, DOT.


Direct final rule.


By this direct final rule, the Coast Guard is revising the operating regulations governing the Eighth Street bridge (mile 0.29), Tenth Street bridge (mile 0.43), and Wisconsin Central Railroad (formerly Soo Line) bridge (mile 0.91), all over the Manitowoc River in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. This rule would re-establish the operating schedules published in 1983, and erroneously removed by another rule in 1984.


This rule is effective on June 4, 2001, unless a written adverse comment, or written notice of intent to submit adverse comment, reaches Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District, on or before May 7, 2001. If an adverse comment, or notice of intent to submit an adverse comment, is received, the Coast Guard will withdraw this direct final rule and publish a timely notice of withdrawal in the Federal Register.


Comments may be mailed or delivered to: Commander (obr), Ninth Coast Guard District, 1240 East Ninth Street, Room 2019, Cleveland, OH 44199-2060 between 6:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. The telephone number is (216) 902-6084.

The District Commander maintains the public docket for this rulemaking. Comments will become part of this docket and will be available for inspection or copying at the address above.

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Mr. Scot M. Striffler, Project Manager, at (216) 902-6084.

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Request for Comments

The Coast Guard encourages interested persons to participate in this rulemaking by submitting data, views or arguments for or against this rule. Persons submitting comments should include their name, address, identify this rulemaking (CGD09-01-001), the specific section of this rule to which each comment applies, and the reason(s) for each comment. The Coast Guard requests that all comments and attachments be submitted in an 81/2″ × 11″ unbound format suitable for copying and electronic filing. If that is not practical, a second copy of any bound material is requested. Persons wanting acknowledgment of receipt of comments should enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope.

Regulatory Information

The Coast Guard is publishing a direct final rule, the procedures of which are outlined in 33 CFR 1.05-55, because no adverse comments are anticipated. If no adverse comments or any written notice of intent to submit adverse comment are received within the specified comment period, this rule will become effective as stated in the DATES section. In that case, approximately 30 days prior to the effective date, the Coast Guard will publish a notice in the Federal Register stating that no adverse comment was received and announcing confirmation that this rule will become effective as scheduled. However, if the Coast Guard receives written adverse comment or written notice of intent to submit adverse comment, the Coast Guard will publish a notice in the final rule section of the Federal Register to announce withdrawal of all or part of this direct final rule. If adverse comments apply to only part of this rule, and it is possible to remove that part without defeating the purpose of this rule, the Coast Guard may adopt as final those parts of this rule on which no adverse comments were received. The part of this rule that was the subject of adverse comments will be withdrawn. If the Coast Guard decides to proceed with a rulemaking, a Start Printed Page 13434separate Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) will be published and a new opportunity for comment provided.

A comment is considered “adverse” if the comment explains why this rule would be inappropriate, including a challenge to the rule's underlying premise or approach, or would be ineffective or unacceptable without a change.

Background and Purpose

The Coast Guard published a final rule on September 22, 1983 (48 FR 43173), which completed a rulemaking to revise the bridge operating regulations for drawbridges on Manitowoc River, Wisconsin. The revised regulation was not included in the re-codified numbering of bridge regulations that occurred on April 24, 1984 (49 FR 17452). Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District, has reviewed the operating schedule adopted in 1983 and evaluated the present conditions of marine traffic and bridge operations in Manitowoc Harbor, WI, and determined that the adopted schedule adequately provides for the reasonable needs of navigation in the harbor. The adopted schedule has been enforced in Manitowoc for the past 17 years without any reported complaints or difficulties.

The Coast Guard has identified a minor change to the final rule of 1983; the Soo Line bridge at mile 0.9 is now owned by the Wisconsin Central railroad company. The bridge is correctly named in this direct final rule.

Regulatory Evaluation

This rule is not a significant regulatory action under section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866 and does not require an assessment of potential costs and benefits under section 6(a)(3) of that order. The Office of Management and Budget has not reviewed it under that order. It is not significant under the regulatory policies and procedures of the Department of Transportation (DOT) (44 FR 11040, February 26, 1979). The Coast Guard expects the economic impact of this proposed rule to be so minimal that a full Regulatory Evaluation under paragraph 10e of the regulatory policies and procedures of DOT is unnecessary.

This determination is based on the Coast Guard review of impacts on commerce and marine activities in Manitowoc during the 17 years since the original final rule was published. There have been no reported problems or complaints with the bridge operating schedule.

Small Entities

Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.), the Coast Guard must consider the economic impact on small entities of a rule for which a general notice of proposed rulemaking is required. “Small entities” may include (1) small businesses and not-for-profit organizations that are independently owned and operated and are not dominant in their fields and (2) governmental jurisdictions with populations of less than 50,000.

The revised bridge regulations have been employed for approximately seventeen years with no complaints or problems for known small entities.

Therefore, 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.

If you think that your business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction qualifies as a small entity and this rule would have a significant economic impact on it, please submit a comment (see ADDRESSES) explaining why you think it qualifies and how and to what degree this rule would economically affect it.

Collection of Information

This rule contains no collection-of-information requirements under the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.).


The Coast Guard has analyzed this rule under the principles and criteria contained in Executive Order 13132, and determined that this rule does not have federalism implications under that order.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1531-1538) governs the issuance of federal regulations that require unfunded mandates. An unfunded mandate is a regulation that requires a state, local, or tribal government or the private sector to incur direct costs without the federal government having first provided the funds to pay those unfunded mandate costs. This rule will not impose an unfunded mandate.

Taking of Private Property

This rule will not effect a taking of private property or otherwise have taking implications under Executive Order 12630, Governmental Actions and Interference with Constitutionally Protected Property Rights.

Civil Justice Reform

This rule meets applicable standards in sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform, to minimize litigation, eliminate ambiguity, and reduce burden.

Protection of Children

We have analyzed this rule under Executive Order 13045, Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks. This rule is not an economically significant rule and does not concern an environmental risk to health or risk to safety that may disproportionately affect children.


The Coast Guard considered the environmental impact of this rule and concluded that, under figure 2-1, paragraph 34(g) of Commandant Instruction M16475.lC, this rule is categorically excluded from further environmental documentation. This rule changes a drawbridge regulation which has been found not to have a significant effect on the environment. A “Categorical Exclusion Determination” is not required.

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List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 117

  • Bridges
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For reasons set out in the preamble, 33 CFR part 117 is revised as follows:

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

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Authority: 33 U.S.C. 499; 49 CFR 1.46; 33 CFR 1.05-1(g); § 117.255 also issued under the authority of Pub. L. 102-587, 106 Stat. 5039.

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2. Revise § 117.1089 to read as follows:

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Manitowoc River.

(a) The draws of the Eighth Street bridge, mile 0.29, and Tenth Street bridge, mile o.43, both at Manitowoc, shall open on signal except that:

(1) From April 1 through October 31, Monday through Friday, the bridges need not open from 6:50 a.m. to 7 a.m., 7:50 a.m. to 8 a.m., 11:55 a.m. to 12:10 p.m., and 12:45 p.m. to 1 p.m., except federal holidays. From 10:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. the draws shall open on signal if at least a 6 hour advance notice is given.

(2) From November 1 through March 31 the draws shall open on signal if at least a 12 hour advance notice is given.

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(i) Eighth Street—one prolonged blast followed by one short blast.

(ii) Tenth Street—two short blasts followed by one prolonged blast.

(4) When signal is given by car ferry or other large vessel to pass either of the two bridges, the remaining bridge shall open promptly so that such vessels shall not be held between the two bridges.

(b) The draw of the Wisconsin Central railroad bridge, mile 0.91 at Manitowoc, shall open on signal except that:

(1) From April 1 through October 31 between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 4:30 a.m., the draws shall open on signal if at least a 6 hour advance notice is given.

(2) From November 1 through March 31 the draw shall open on signal if at least a 12 hour advance notice is given.

(3) Opening signal for this bridge is two short blasts followed by one prolonged blast.

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Dated: February 20, 2001.

James D. Hull,

Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District.

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[FR Doc. 01-5443 Filed 3-5-01; 8:45 am]