Coast Guard, DHS.
Notice of temporary deviation from regulations.
The Commander, First Coast Guard District, has issued a temporary deviation from the drawbridge operation regulations for the Wantagh State Parkway Bridge, mile 16.1, across Goose Creek at Wantagh, New York. Under this temporary deviation the bridge may remain in the closed position from 6 a.m. on May 1, 2003, through 4 p.m. on May 15, 2003. This temporary deviation is necessary to complete painting operations at the bridge.
This deviation is effective from May 1, 2003, through May 15, 2003.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Joseph Schmied, Project Officer, First Coast Guard District, at (212) 668-7195.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
The Wantagh State Parkway Bridge has a vertical clearance in the closed position of 16 feet at mean high water and 19 feet at mean low water. The existing drawbridge operation regulations are listed at 33 CFR 117.799(i).
The bridge owner, New York State Department of Transportation, requested Start Printed Page 24883a temporary deviation from the drawbridge operation regulations to facilitate the completion of painting operations at the bridge. The bridge must remain in the closed position to perform this work.
The Coast Guard previously issued a 30 day temporary deviation effective from April 1, 2003, through April 30, 2003, to facilitate painting operations at this bridge. Inclement weather conditions during the effective period of the first temporary deviation have resulted in a second request from the bridge owner for an additional 15 days to complete painting operations at the bridge.
The Coast Guard coordinated this second closure with the mariners who normally use this waterway to help facilitate this necessary bridge maintenance and to minimize any disruption to the marine transportation system.
Under this temporary deviation the Wantagh State Parkway Bridge will remain in the closed position from 6 a.m. on May 1, 2003, through 4 p.m. on May 15, 2003.
This deviation from the operating regulations is authorized under 33 CFR 117.35, and will be performed with all due speed in order to return the bridge to normal operation as soon as possible.Start Signature
Dated: April 29, 2003.
John L. Grenier,
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Acting Commander, First Coast Guard District.
[FR Doc. 03-11600 Filed 5-8-03; 8:45 am]
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