Coast Guard, DHS.
Notice of temporary deviation from drawbridge regulation; modification.
The Coast Guard has modified a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Hutchinson River Parkway Bridge across the Hutchinson River, mile 0.9 at New York, New York. This deviation is necessary to complete application of protective coating on the bridge as well as maintenance of operating machinery. This modified deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed-to-navigation position for periods of up to two weeks over the course of the summer months in order to expedite work efforts.
This deviation is effective without actual notice from July 6, 2017 through 12:01 a.m. on September 29, 2017. For the purposes of enforcement, actual notice will be used from 12:01 a.m. on June 30, 2017 until July 6, 2017.
The docket for this deviation, USCG-2017-0231 is available at http://www.regulations.gov. 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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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
If you have questions on this modified temporary deviation, call or email James M. Moore, Bridge Management Specialist, First District Bridge Branch, U.S. Coast Guard; telephone 212-514-4334, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The New York City Department of Transportation, the owner of the bridge, requested a temporary deviation from the normal operating schedule to facilitate application of protective coating to the bridge as well as maintenance of operating machinery. The Hutchinson River Parkway Bridge, across the Hutchinson River, mile 0.9 at New York, New York has a vertical clearance of 30 feet at mean high water and 38 feet at mean low water in the closed position. The existing drawbridge operating regulations are listed at 33 CFR 117.793(b).
On May 1, 2017, the Coast Guard published a temporary deviation entitled “Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Hutchinson River, New York, NY” in the Federal Register (82 FR 20257). Under that temporary deviation, between April 3, 2017 and September 29, 2017, the draw of the Hutchinson River Parkway Bridge would remain closed to navigation for a period not to exceed 7 days; the draw would then open for vessels in accordance with established operating regulations for a period not to exceed another 7 days, after which the cycle would repeat.
Due to project delays prompted by inclement weather and bridge equipment failure, the New York City Department of Transportation has requested that between June 9, 2017 and August 31, 2017 the draw of the Hutchinson River Parkway Bridge remain closed to navigation for a period not to exceed 14 days; the draw will then open for vessels in accordance with established operating regulations for a period not to exceed 7 days, after which the cycle will repeat. Between September 1, 2017 and September 29, 2017, the draw will remain closed to navigation for a period not to exceed 7 days; the draw will then open for vessels in accordance with established operation regulations for another 7 days, after which the cycle will repeat.
Vessels that can pass under the bridge without an opening may do so at all times. The bridge will not be able to open for emergencies. There is no alternate route for vessels to pass.
The Coast Guard will also inform the users of the waterways through our Local and Broadcast Notices to Mariners of the change in operating schedule for the bridge so that vessel operators can arrange their transit 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: June 30, 2017.
Supervisory Bridge Management Specialist, First Coast Guard District.
[FR Doc. 2017-14171 Filed 7-5-17; 8:45 am]
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