Coast Guard, DHS.
Notice of temporary deviation from regulations.
The Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District has issued a Start Printed Page 65175temporary deviation from the regulation governing the operation of the Burlington Northern Railroad Drawbridge, across the St. Croix River, mile 0.2, at Prescott, Wisconsin. This deviation allows the drawbridge to remain closed to navigation except upon 24 hours notice to open for 28 days from 8 a.m., November 17, 2003, until 11:59 p.m., December 14, 2003, central standard time. The deviation will facilitate maintenance work on the bridge that is essential to the continued safe operation of the drawbridge.
This temporary deviation is effective from 8 a.m., November 17, 2003, until 11:59 p.m., December 14, 2003.
Materials referred to in this notice are available for inspection or copying at the office of the Eighth Coast Guard District, Bridge Administration Branch, Commander (obr), Eighth Coast Guard District, 1222 Spruce Street, St. Louis, MO 63103-2832, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Bridge Administration Branch maintains the public docket for this temporary deviation.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Roger K. Wiebusch, Bridge Administrator, Commander (obr), Eighth Coast Guard District, 1222 Spruce Street, St. Louis, MO 63103-2832, (314) 539-3900, extension 2378.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad requested a temporary deviation on October 17, 2003 for the operation of the drawbridge to allow the bridge owner time for preventative maintenance. Presently, the draw opens on signal for passage of river traffic; except that from December 15 through March 31, the draw must open on signal if at least 24 hours notice is given. This deviation allows the bridge to remain closed to navigation except upon 24 hours notice to open for 28 days from 8 a.m., November 17, 2003, until 11:59 p.m., December 14, 2003, Central Standard Time. Vessels not exceeding the vertical clearance of the drawbridge may pass under the drawbridge during repairs. There are no alternate routes for vessels transiting through mile 0.2, St. Croix River.
The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Drawbridge provides a vertical clearance of 20.4 feet above normal pool in the closed to navigation position. Navigation on the waterway consists primarily of recreational watercraft. In order to repair the bridge console and associated electrical system, the bridge must be kept inoperative and in the closed to navigation position. This deviation has been coordinated with waterway users. No objections were received.
In accordance with 33 CFR 117.35(c), this work will be performed with all due speed in order to return the bridge to normal operation as soon as possible. This deviation from the operating regulations is authorized under 33 CFR 117.35.Start Signature
Dated: November 6, 2003.
Roger K. Wiebusch,
[FR Doc. 03-28815 Filed 11-18-03; 8:45 am]
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