Coast Guard, DHS.
Notice of temporary deviation from regulations.
The Commander, First Coast Guard District, has issued a temporary deviation from the regulation governing the operation of the Wantagh State Parkway Bridge across Sloop Channel at mile 15.4, at Jones Beach, New York. Under this temporary deviation the bridge may operate on a limited operating schedule for four months to facilitate the completion of bridge construction.
This deviation is effective from December 1, 2008 through April 1, 2009.
Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket are part of docket USCG-2008-1124 and are available online at www.regulations.gov. They are also available for inspection or copying two locations: The Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, and the First Coast Guard District, Bridge Branch Office, 408 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02110, between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Judy Leung-Yee, Project Officer, First Coast Guard District, at (212) 668-7165.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. The existing drawbridge operation regulations are listed at 33 CFR 117.5.
The New York State Department of Transportation requested a temporary deviation to facilitate the completion of bridge construction and to accommodate holiday work schedule.
The waterway has seasonal recreational vessels and fishing vessels of various sizes.
We contacted the New York Marine Trades Association and Station Jones Beach. No objection to the proposed temporary deviation schedule was received.
Under this temporary deviation, in effect from December 1, 2008 through April 1, 2009, the Wantagh State Parkway Bridge at mile 15.4, across Sloop Channel, shall operate as follows:
From Monday through Friday the bridge shall open on signal at 6:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. after at least a 30-minute advance notice is given. From 4 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. the bridge shall open on signal after at least a two-hour advance notice is given.
From Friday, 4 p.m. through Monday, 6:30 a.m. the bridge shall open on signal after at least a two-hour advance notice is given.
At all other times including 24, 25, 31 December 2008 and 1 January 2009, the bridge need not open for marine traffic.
Advance notice may be given by calling (631) 383-6598.
In accordance with 33 CFR 117.35(e), the bridge must return to its regular operating schedule immediately at the end of the designated time period. This deviation from the operating regulations is authorized under 33 CFR 117.35.Start Signature
Dated: December 1, 2008.
Bridge Program Manager, First Coast Guard District.
[FR Doc. E8-29237 Filed 12-9-08; 8:45 am]
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