Coast Guard, DHS.
Notice of temporary deviation from regulations and request for comment.
The Commander, First Coast Guard District, has issued a temporary deviation from the drawbridge operation regulations to test an alternate drawbridge operation regulation for the Meadowbrook State Parkway Bridge, at mile 12.8, across Sloop Channel, New York. Under this temporary 90-day deviation the bridge will open on signal once an hour, on the hour, between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., on Saturday, Sunday, and Federal holidays after a 30-minute advance notice is given. At all other times the bridge will open on signal after a 30-minute advance notice is given by calling the number posted at the bridge.
This deviation is effective from August 15, 2005 through November 12, 2005. Comments must reach the Coast Guard on or before November 30, 2005.
You may mail comments to Commander (obr), First Coast Guard District Bridge Branch, One South Street, Battery Park Building, New York, New York, 10004, or deliver them to the same address between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, except, Federal holidays. The telephone number is (212) 668-7165. The First Coast Guard District, Bridge Branch, maintains the public docket for this rulemaking. Comments and material received from the public, as well as documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket, will become part of this docket and will be available for inspection or copying at the First Coast Guard District, Bridge Branch, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
Request for Comments
We encourage you to participate in this rulemaking by submitting comments or related material. If you do so, please include your name and address, identify the docket number for this rulemaking (CGD01-05-079), indicate the specific section of this document to which each comment Start Printed Page 45535applies, and give the reason for each comment. Please submit all comments and related material in an unbound format, no larger than 8 1/2 by 11 inches, suitable for copying. If you would like to know if they reached us, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope. We will consider all comments and material received during the comment period. We may change this rule in view of them.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Judy Leung-Yee, Project Officer, First Coast Guard District, at (212) 668-7195.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
The Meadowbrook State Parkway Bridge has a vertical clearance in the closed position of 22 feet at mean high water and 25 feet at mean low water. The existing drawbridge operation regulations are listed at 33 CFR 117.799(h).
The bridge owner, Jones Beach State Park requested a temporary deviation from the drawbridge operation regulations to test an alternate drawbridge operation schedule to help better balance the needs between vehicular land traffic and marine vessel traffic.
Under this 90-day temporary deviation, in effect from August 15, 2005 through November 12, 2005, the Meadowbrook State Parkway Bridge at mile 12.8, across Sloop Channel, shall operate as follows:
The bridge shall open on signal once an hour, on the hour, between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday, and Federal holidays after a 30-minute advance notice is given by calling the number posted at the bridge.
At all other times the bridge shall open on signal after a 30-minute notice is given by calling the number posted at the bridge.
This deviation from the operating regulations is authorized under 33 CFR 117.43.Start Signature
Dated: July 28, 2005.
Bridge Program Manager, First Coast Guard District.
[FR Doc. 05-15563 Filed 8-5-05; 8:45 am]
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