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Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Hutchinson River, Bronx, NY

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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 Amtrak Pelham Bay Railroad Bridge at mile 0.5, across the Hutchinson River at the Bronx, New York. The deviation is necessary to facilitate scheduled maintenance at the bridge. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed position for two days followed by a two hour advance notice requirement for 20 days.


This deviation is effective from September 6, 2011 through September 29, 2011.


Documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket are part of docket USCG-2011-0788 and are available online at, inserting USCG-2011-0788 in the “Keyword” 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. 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 Ms. Judy Leung-Yee, Project Officer, First Coast Guard District,, or telephone (212) 668-7165. 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 Amtrak Pelham Bay Railroad Bridge, across the Hutchinson River at mile 0.5, at the Bronx, New York, has a vertical clearance in the closed position of 8 feet at mean high water and 15 feet at mean low water. The drawbridge operation regulations are listed at 33 CFR 117.793.

The waterway users are mostly commercial operators.

The owner of the bridge, National Railroad Passenger Company (Amtrak), requested a temporary deviation from the regulations to facilitate scheduled maintenance, replace track ties, at bridge.

Under this temporary deviation the Amtrak Pelham Bay Railroad Bridge may remain in the closed position between September 6, 2011 and September 8, 2011, and from September 9, 2011 through September 29, 2011, a two hour advance notice shall be required for bridge openings. Vessels that can pass under the bridge in the closed position may do so at any time.

The commercial users were notified. No objections were received.

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: September 6, 2011.

Gary Kassof,

Bridge Program Manager, First Coast Guard District.

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[FR Doc. 2011-24417 Filed 9-22-11; 8:45 am]