Notice of temporary deviation from regulations.
The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Harry S. Truman Railroad Drawbridge across the Missouri River, mile 359.4, at Kansas City, Missouri. The deviation is necessary to allow the replacement of 64 counterweight cables that facilitate movement of the lift span. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed position while the counterweight cables are replaced.
This deviation is effective from 7 a.m. on February 11, 2013, through 11:59 p.m. on March 2, 2013. If due to weather or other conditions, replacement cable work has not begun by 7 a.m. on February 11, 2013, the normal operating schedule in 33 CFR 117.687 will be maintained until this replacement work has started.
Documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket are part of docket USCG-2012-1014 and are available online by going to http://www.regulations.gov, inserting USCG-2012-1014 in the “Search” 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. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
If you have questions on this rule, call or email Eric A. Washburn, Bridge Administrator, Western Rivers, Coast Guard 314-269-2378, email Eric.Washburn@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.
The Canadian Pacific Railway requested a temporary deviation for the Harry S. Truman Railroad Drawbridge, across the Missouri River, mile 359.4, at Kansas City, Missouri to remain in the closed-to-navigation position while 64 counterweight cables that facilitate movement of the lift span are replaced. The closure period will start at 7 a.m. on February 11, 2013, and continue through 11 p.m. on March 2, 2013.
Once the counterweight cables are removed, the lift span will not be able to open, even for emergencies, until the replacement of the counterweight cables are installed.
The Harry S. Truman Railroad Drawbridge currently operates in accordance with 33 CFR 117.687, which states the draws of the bridges across the Missouri River shall open on signal; except during the winter season between the date of closure and date of opening of the commercial navigation season as published by the Army Corps of Engineers, the draws need not open unless at least 24 hours advance notice is given.
There are no alternate routes for vessels transiting this section of the Missouri River. The Harry S. Truman Railroad Drawbridge, in the closed-to-navigation position, provides a vertical clearance of 51.3 feet above zero on W. B. gage at Kansas City, Missouri. Navigation on the waterway consists primarily of commercial tows and recreational watercraft. This temporary deviation has been coordinated with the waterway users.
In accordance with 33 CFR 117.35(e), the drawbridge must return to its regular operating schedule immediately at the end of the effective period of this temporary deviation. This deviation from the operating regulations is authorized under 33 CFR 117.35.
Dated: November 16, 2012.
Eric A. Washburn,
Bridge Administrator, Western Rivers.
[FR Doc. 2012-29444 Filed 12-5-12; 8:45 am]
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