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Drawbridge Operating Regulations; Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Galveston, TX

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Coast Guard, DHS.


Notice of temporary deviation from regulations.


The Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District, has issued a temporary deviation from the regulation governing the operation of the lveston Causeway Railroad Bascule Bridge across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, mile 357.2 west of Harvey Locks, at Galveston, Galveston County, Texas. This deviation provides for the bridge to remain closed to navigation for eight hours with an opening at noon for the passage of vessels. The purpose of the closure is to replace parts on the bridge.


This deviation is effective from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2009.


Documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket are part of docket USCG-2009-0413 and are available online by going to, selecting the Advanced Docket Search option on the right side of the screen, inserting USCG-2009-0413 in the Docket ID box, pressing Enter, and then clicking on the item in the Docket ID column. This material is also available for inspection or copying at 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.

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If you have questions on this rule, call or e-mail David M. Frank, Bridge Administration Branch, Coast Guard; telephone 504-671-2128, e-mail If you have questions on viewing the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.

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The Burlington Northern Railway Company has requested a temporary deviation in order to perform necessary maintenance on the Conley joints of the Galveston Causeway Railroad Bascule Bridge across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, mile 357.2 west of Harvey Locks, at Galveston, Galveston County, Texas. The maintenance is essential for the continued safe operation of the railroad bridge. This temporary deviation will allow the bridge to remain in the closed-to-navigation position from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2009. The bridge will open for the passage of vessels at noon for all vessels to transit through the bridge. Currently, the draw opens on signal for the passage of vessels.

The bridge has a vertical clearance of 10 feet above mean high water in the closed-to-navigation position. Navigation at the site of the bridge consists mainly of tows with barges and some recreational pleasure craft. Due to prior experience, as well as coordination with waterway users, it has been determined that this closure will not have a significant effect on these vessels. No alternate routes are available. This closure is considered necessary for repair of the bridge.

In accordance with 33 CFR 117.35(e), the drawbridge 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: May 18, 2009.

David M. Frank,

Bridge Administrator.

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[FR Doc. E9-12783 Filed 6-1-09; 8:45 am]