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Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Galveston, TX

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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 Galveston Causeway Railroad Vertical Lift Bridge across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW), mile 357.2 West of Harvey Locks (WHL), at Galveston, Galveston County, Texas. The deviation is necessary to replace decking on the bridge. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed-to-navigation position during the deviation period.


This deviation is effective from 7:30 a.m. on June 5, 2017 through 4:30 p.m. on June 8, 2017.


The docket for this deviation, [USCG-2017-0411] 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.

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If you have questions on this temporary deviation, call or email Donna Gagliano, Bridge Administration Branch, Coast Guard; telephone 504-671-2128, email

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The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company requested a temporary deviation from the operating schedule of the Galveston Causeway Railroad Vertical Lift Bridge across the GIWW, mile 357.2 WHL, at Galveston, Galveston County, Texas. The bridge has a vertical clearance of 8.0 feet above mean high water, elevation 3 feet of the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD88) in the closed-to-navigation position, and 73 feet above mean high water in the open-to-navigation position. This bridge is governed by 33 CFR 117.5.

This deviation was requested to allow the bridge owner to replace decking Start Printed Page 25728caused by a derailment in February. This deviation allows the vertical lift bridge to remain in the closed-to-navigation position from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily, beginning June 5 through June 8, 2017, with a scheduled two-hour opening each day to facilitate passage of vessel traffic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the bridge will revert to open on demand status at 4:30 p.m. each day.

Navigation at the site of the bridge consists mainly of tows with barges and some recreational pleasure craft. The bridge can open in case of emergency. No alternate routes are available. The Coast Guard will inform the users of the waterway through our Local and Broadcast Notices to Mariners of the change in operating schedule for the bridge so that vessel operators can arrange transits to minimize any impact 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: May 31, 2017.

Eric A. Washburn,

Bridge Administrator, Eighth Coast Guard District.

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[FR Doc. 2017-11553 Filed 6-2-17; 8:45 am]