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Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Passaic River, NJ

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AGENCY:

Coast Guard, DOT.

ACTION:

Temporary final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Coast Guard is temporarily changing the drawbridge operation regulations that govern the Routes 1 & 9 (Lincoln Highway) Bridge, at mile 1.8, across the Passaic River at Newark, New Jersey. This temporary change to the drawbridge operation regulations will allow the bridge to remain in the closed position from 9 p.m. on Friday through 5 a.m. on Monday, for twelve weeks, beginning Friday, October 25, 2002 through Monday, January 13, 2003. This action is necessary to facilitate maintenance at the bridge.

DATES:

This rule is effective from October 25, 2002 through January 13, 2003.

ADDRESSES:

Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket are part of docket (CGD01-02-116) and are available for inspection or copying at the First Coast Guard District, Bridge Administration Office, 408 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts, 02110-3350, between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mr. Joe Arca, Project Officer, First Coast Guard District, (212) 668-7165.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Regulatory Information

We did not publish a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for this regulation. Under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for not publishing an NPRM and under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for making this rule effective less than 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.

The bridge deck is severely deteriorated and must be replaced with all due speed. The deck repairs must be performed on weekends because heavy vehicular traffic during the weekdays prohibits the necessary lane closures required to perform the deck repairs. The Coast Guard believes the weekend closures are reasonable because the bridge normally does not open during the months from October through January.

Due to the critical need to perform these emergency deck repairs, any delay encountered in this regulation's effective date would be unnecessary and contrary to the public interest since immediate action is needed to perform these repairs.

Background and Purpose

The Route 1 & 9 (Lincoln Highway) Bridge has a vertical clearance of 40 feet at mean high water and 45 feet at mean low water. The existing regulations at 33 CFR 117.739(b) require the draw to open on signal after at least a four-hour advance notice is given.

The bridge owner, the New Jersey Department of Transportation, asked the Coast Guard to temporarily change the drawbridge operation regulations to allow the bridge to remain in the closed position on weekends from 9 p.m. on Friday through 5 a.m. on Monday, beginning Friday October 25, 2002 through January 13, 2003, to facilitate the replacement of the open grid deck at the bridge. The deck is severely deteriorated and must be replaced with all due speed. The work will be performed on weekends because vehicular traffic is extremely heavy during the weekdays, prohibiting the necessary lane closures required to perform the repair work. The bridge normally has no requests to open October through January. The Coast Guard believes the bridge closures are reasonable due to the critical need to repair the bridge decking and the lack of vessel traffic.

Discussion of Rule

In § 117.739 paragraph (b) will be suspended and a new paragraph (q) will be added to allow the Route 1 & 9 (Lincoln Highway) Bridge to remain in the closed position from 9 p.m. on Friday through 5 a.m. on Monday, from October 25, 2002 through January 13, 2003.

Regulatory Evaluation

This rule is not a “significant regulatory action” under section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, 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).

This conclusion is based on the fact that the bridge has historically had no requests to open during the effective period of this temporary final rule.

Small Entities

Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612), we considered whether this rule would have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. 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 less than 50,000.

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. This conclusion is based on the fact that the bridge has historically had no requests to open during the effective period of this temporary final rule.

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).

Federalism

A rule has implications for federalism under Executive Order 13132, Federalism, if it has a substantial direct effect on State or local governments and would either preempt State law or impose a substantial direct cost of compliance on them. We have analyzed this rule under that Order and have determined that it does not have implications for federalism. Start Printed Page 64813

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 State, local, or tribal government, in the aggregate, or by the private sector of $100,000,000 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.

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.

Indian Tribal Governments

This final rule does not have tribal implications under Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, because it does not have 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.

Energy Effects

We have analyzed this rule under Executive Order 13211, Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use. We have determined that it is not a “significant energy action” under that order because it is not a “significant regulatory action” under Executive Order 12866 and is not likely to have a significant adverse effect on the supply, distribution, or use of energy. It has not been designated by the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs as a significant energy action. Therefore, it does not require a Statement of Energy Effects under Executive Order 13211.

Environment

We have considered the environmental impact of this rule and concluded that under figure 2-1, paragraph (32)(e), of Commandant Instruction M16475.1d, this rule is categorically excluded from further environmental documentation because promulgation of changes to drawbridge regulations have been found to not have a significant effect on the environment. A “Categorical Exclusion Determination” is available in the docket for inspection or copying where indicated under ADDRESSES.

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List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 117

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Regulations

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For the reasons set out in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends

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PART 117—DRAWBRIDGE OPERATION REGULATIONS

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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); section 117.255 also issued under the authority of Pub. L. 102-587, 106 Stat. 5039.

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2. From October 25, 2002 through January 13, 2003, in § 117.739, paragraph (b) is suspended and a new paragraph (q) is added, to read as follows:

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Passaic River.
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(q) The draw of the Routes 1 & 9 (Lincoln Highway) Bridge, mile 1.8, at Newark, shall open on signal if at least a four-hour advance notice is given; except that, from 9 p.m. on Friday through 5 a.m. on Monday, from October 25, 2002 through January 13, 2003, the draw need not open for the passage of vessel traffic.

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Dated: October 4, 2002.

J.L. Grenier,

Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Acting Commander, First Coast Guard District.

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[FR Doc. 02-26719 Filed 10-21-02; 8:45 am]

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