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Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Willamette River, Portland, OR

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Coast Guard, DHS.


Notice of deviation from drawbridge regulation.


The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Broadway Bridge across the Willamette River, mile 11.7, at Portland, OR. This deviation is necessary to accommodate the Race for the Roses and the Bridge to Brews Run Start Printed Page 15880& Walk events. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed position to allow for the safe movement of event participants.


This deviation is effective from 7:30 a.m. on April 7, 2013, to 8:30 a.m. on April 14, 2013.


The docket for this deviation, [USCG-2013-0123] is available at Type the docket number in the “SEARCH” box and click “SEARCH.” Click on Open Docket Folder on the line associated with this deviation. You may also visit the Docket Management Facility in Room W12-140 on the ground floor of the Department of Transportation West Building, 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 temporary deviation, call or email Randall Overton, Bridge Administrator, Coast Guard Thirteenth District; telephone 206-220-7282, email If you have questions on viewing the docket, call Barbara Hairston, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.

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Multnomah County has requested that the Broadway Bascule Bridge remain closed to vessel traffic to facilitate safe, uninterrupted roadway passage of participants in the Race for the Roses and the Bridge to Brews Run & Walk events. The Broadway Bridge crosses the Willamette River at mile 11.7 and provides 90 feet of vertical clearance above Columbia River Datum 0.0 while in the closed position. Vessels that do not require a bridge opening may continue to transit beneath the bridge during the closure periods. Under normal conditions this bridge operates in accordance with 33 CFR 117.897, which allows for the bridge to remain closed between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and also requires advance notification when a bridge opening is needed. This deviation period is effective from 7:30 a.m. on April 7, 2013, to 8:30 a.m. on April 14, 2013. The deviation allows the bascule span of the Broadway Bridge across the Willamette River, mile 11.7, to remain in the closed position and need not open for maritime traffic from 7:30 a.m. until 12:01 p.m. on April 7, 2013, and from 5:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. on April 14, 2013. The bridge shall operate in accordance to 33 CFR 117.897 at all other times. Waterway usage on this stretch of the Willamette River includes vessels ranging from commercial tug and barge to small pleasure craft. Mariners will be notified and kept informed of the bridge's operational status via the Coast Guard Notice to Mariners publication and Broadcast Notice to Mariners as appropriate. The draw span will be required to open, if needed, for vessels engaged in emergency response operations during this closure period.

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: February 27, 2013.

Randall D. Overton,

Bridge Administrator.

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[FR Doc. 2013-05711 Filed 3-12-13; 8:45 am]