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Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Jamaica Bay, New York, NY, Maintenance

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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 Beach Channel Railroad Bridge at mile 6.7, across Jamaica Bay, at New York City, New York. Under this temporary deviation the Beach Channel Railroad Bridge may remain in the closed position for two weekends in May. This deviation is necessary to facilitate bridge track repairs.


This deviation is effective from 6 a.m. on May 2, 2009 through 9 p.m. on May 10, 2009.


Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket are part of docket USCG-2009-0203 and are available online at They are also available for inspection or copying at 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.

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Judy Leung-Yee, Project Officer, First Coast Guard District, at (212) 668-7165.

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The Beach Channel Railroad Bridge, across Jamaica Bay, mile 6.7, at New York, New York, has a vertical clearance in the closed position of 26 feet at mean high water and 31 feet at mean low water. The existing drawbridge operation regulations are listed at 33 CFR 117.5.Start Printed Page 16783

The owner of the bridge, New York City Transit Authority, requested a temporary deviation to facilitate maintenance repairs to the bridge rails.

Under this temporary deviation the Beach Channel Railroad Bridge need not open for the passage of vessel traffic between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., from May 2, 2009 through May 3, 2009 and between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., from May 9, 2009 through May 10, 2009.

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.

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Dated: March 30, 2009.

Gary Kassof,

Bridge Program Manager, First Coast Guard District.

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[FR Doc. E9-8268 Filed 4-10-09; 8:45 am]