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Drawbridge Operating Regulation; Sabine Lake, TX

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AGENCY:

Coast Guard, DOT.

ACTION:

Notice of temporary deviation from regulations.

SUMMARY:

The Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District has issued a temporary deviation from the regulation in governing the operation of the State Route 82, swing span bridge across Sabine Lake, mile 10.0 at Port Arthur, Texas. This deviation allows the State of Texas, Department of Transportation to close the bridge to navigation from 5 a.m. on July 9, 2001 through 9 p.m. on July 27, 2001. Presently, the draw is required to open on signal except that from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., the draw shall open on signal if at least six hours notice is given to the Maintenance Construction Supervisor or the Maintenance Foreman at Port Arthur. This temporary deviation was issued to allow the replacement of mechanical and electrical equipment and switching over power and control to the recently constructed new control house.

DATES:

This deviation is effective from 5 a.m. on July 9, 2001 through 9 p.m. on July 27, 2001.

ADDRESSES:

Unless otherwise indicated, documents referred to in this notice are available for inspection or copying at the office of the Eighth Coast Guard District, Bridge Administration Branch, Commander (ob), 501 Magazine Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70130-3396. The Bridge Administration Branch maintains the public docket for this temporary deviation.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

David Frank, Bridge Administration Branch, telephone (504) 589-2965.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The State Route 82, swing span bridge across Sabine Lake, mile 10.2, near Port Arthur, Texas, has a vertical clearance of 9 feet above high water in the closed-to-navigation position and unlimited clearance in the open-to-navigation position. Navigation on the waterway consists primarily of fishing vessels, and recreational craft, although the bridge is occasionally transited by small tugs with tows, transporting sand, gravel and marine shells. The State of Texas, Department of Transportation requested a temporary deviation from the normal operation of the drawbridge in 33 CFR 117.979 in order to accommodate the maintenance work, involving construction of a new operator house and replacement of the submarine power supply cable and other electrical and mechanical repairs. This maintenance is necessary for the continued operation of the bridge. An alternate route via the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway is available.

This deviation allows the draw of the State Route 82 Bridge swing span drawbridge across Sabine Lake, mile 10.0, to remain closed to navigation from 5 a.m. on July 9, 2001 through 9 p.m. on July 27, 2001.

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Dated: June 21, 2001.

Roy J. Casto,

RADM, USCG Commander, 8th CG District.

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[FR Doc.01-16481 Filed 6-29-01; 8:45 am]

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