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Drawbridge Operation Regulations, Milford Haven; Grimstead and Gwynn's Island, VA

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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 Gwynn's Island (SR#223) Draw Bridge across the Milford Haven, mile 0.5, between Grimstead and Gwynn's Island VA. This deviation is necessary to facilitate bridge maintenance. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed-to-navigation position.


This deviation is effective from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 8, 2015.


The docket for this deviation, [USCG-2015-0601], 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 Mr. Hal R. Pitts, Bridge Administration Branch Fifth District, Coast Guard; telephone (757) 398-6222, email If you have questions on viewing the docket, call Cheryl Collins, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.

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The Virginia Department of Transportation, who owns and operates the Gwynn's Island (SR#223) Draw Bridge, has requested a temporary deviation from the current operating regulations set out in 33 CFR 117.5, to facilitate bridge maintenance.

Under the regular operating schedule, the Gwynn's Island (SR#223) Draw Bridge, mile 0.5, between Grimstead and Gwynn's Island, VA, opens on signal. The bridge is a swing draw bridge and has a vertical clearance in the closed position of 12 feet above mean high water.

Under this temporary deviation, the bridge will be closed to navigation from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 8, 2015.

The Milford Haven is used by a variety of vessels including small commercial fishing vessels and recreational vessels. The Coast Guard has carefully coordinated the restrictions with commercial and recreational waterway users.

Vessels able to pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at any time. The bridge will not be able to open for emergencies and there is no alternate route for vessels unable to pass through the bridge in the closed position. The Coast Guard will also inform the users of the waterways through our Local and Broadcast Notice to Mariners of the change in operating schedule for the bridge so that vessels can arrange their transits to minimize any impacts caused by the temporary deviation.

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.

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Dated: July 2, 2015.

Hal R. Pitts,

Bridge Program Manager, Fifth Coast Guard District.

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[FR Doc. 2015-16762 Filed 7-8-15; 8:45 am]