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Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Upper Mississippi River, Rock Island, IL

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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 operations of the Rock Island Railroad and Highway Drawbridge across the Upper Mississippi River, Mile 482.9, Rock Island, Illinois. The deviation is necessary to allow the Quad Cities Heart Walkers to cross the bridge. This deviation allows the bridge to be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position for two hours from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on May 15, 2010.


This deviation is effective from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on May 15, 2010.


Documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket are part of docket USCG-2010-0210 and are available online by going to, inserting USCG-2010-0210 in the “Keyword” box and then clicking “Search”. They are 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. Start Printed Page 17562and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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If you have questions on this rule, call or e-mail Roger K. Wiebusch, Bridge Administrator, Coast Guard; telephone (314) 269-2378, 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 U.S. Army Rock Island Arsenal requested a temporary deviation for the Rock Island Railroad and Highway Drawbridge, across the Upper Mississippi, mile 482.9, at Rock Island, Illinois to remain closed-to-navigation position for a two-hour period while a heart walk is held in the city of Davenport, IA. The Rock Island Railroad and Highway Drawbridge currently operates in accordance with 33 CFR 117.5, which states the general requirement that drawbridges shall open promptly and fully for the passage of vessels when a request to open is given in accordance with the subpart.

There are no alternate routes for vessels transiting this section of the Upper Mississippi River.

The Rock Island Railroad and Highway Drawbridge, in the closed-to-navigation position, provides a vertical clearance of 23.8 feet above normal pool. Navigation on the waterway consists primarily of commercial tows and recreational watercraft. This temporary deviation has been coordinated with waterway users. No objections were received.

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: March 26, 2010.

Roger K. Wiebusch,

Bridge Administrator.

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[FR Doc. 2010-7828 Filed 4-6-10; 8:45 am]