Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
The Elgin, Joliet Eastern Railway Company requested a temporary deviation on September 23, 2002, for the operation of the drawbridge to allow the bridge owner time for preventative maintenance. The drawbridge operation regulations found at 33 CFR 117.393(d) require that the drawbridge be maintained in the open-to-navigation position and close only for the passage of rail traffic. This deviation allows the bridge to remain closed to navigation for four separate 28-hour intervals from 6 a.m., November 4, 2002, until 10 a.m., November 5, 2002, from 6 a.m., November 7, 2002, until 10 a.m., November 8, 2002, from 6 a.m., November 11, 2002, until 10 a.m., November 12, 2002 and from 6 a.m., November 14, 2002, until 10 a.m., November 15, 2002. Vessels not exceeding the vertical clearance of the drawbridge may pass under the drawbridge during repairs. There are no alternate routes for vessels transiting through mile 290.1 on the Illinois Waterway. The drawbridge will be incapable of opening for emergencies during the 28-hour repair periods.
The Elgin, Joliet Eastern Railway drawbridge provides a vertical clearance of 24.6 feet above normal pool in the closed to navigation position. Navigation on the waterway consists primarily of commercial tows and recreational watercraft. In order to repair and replace gear reducers, roller bearings, gears and shafts, the bridge must be kept inoperative and in the closed to navigation position. This deviation has been coordinated with waterway users. No objections were received.
In accordance with 33 CFR 117.35(c), this work will be performed with all due speed in order to return the bridge to normal operation as soon as possible. This deviation from the operating regulations is authorized under 33 CFR 117.35.