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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 117

[Docket No. USCG-2008-1225]

Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, St. Petersburg Beach and South Pasadena, FL

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.
ACTION: Notice of temporary deviation from regulations; request for comments.
SUMMARY: The Commander, Seventh Coast Guard District, has issued a temporary deviation from the regulation governing the operation of the Pinellas Bayway Structure "C" and Corey Causeway (SR 693) Bridges across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, miles 114 and 117.7, at St. Petersburg Beach, and South Pasadena, FL. This deviation will test a change to the drawbridge operation schedules to determine whether a permanent change to the schedule is needed. This deviation will allow both drawbridges to operate on a twice an hour schedule during the day. This deviation may be terminated/cancelled at any time via a Broadcast Notice to Mariners.
DATES: This deviation is effective from 7 a.m. on January 26 through 7 p.m. on April 25, 2009.
ADDRESSES: (1)Online: http://www.regulations.gov.

(2)Mail:Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.

(3)Hand delivery:Same as mail address above, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone number is 202-366-9329.

(4)Fax:202-493-2251.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this test deviation, call Michael Lieberum, Bridge Branch at 305-415-6744. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.
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Background and Purpose

The Pinellas Bayway Structure “C” bridge has a vertical clearance of 25 feet in the closed position and the Corey Causeway bridge has a vertical clearance of 23 feet in the closed position.

The current operating regulations per 33 CFR 117.287(e), the draw of the Pinellas Bayway Structure “C” bridge, mile 114, at St. Petersburg Beach shall open on signal; except that from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., the draw need open only on the hour, twenty minutes past the hour, and forty minutes past the hour. Per 33 CFR 117.287(f), the draw of the Corey Causeway (SR 693) bridge, mile 117.7 at South Pasadena, shall open on signal; except that, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and Federal holidays, the draw need to open only on the hour, twenty minutes after the hour, and forty minutes after the hour.

The local mayor has requested that the Coast Guard evaluate a twice an hour schedule. The Florida Department of Transportation, the bridge owner, has a concern related to the length of time during bridge openings on the weekends due to the accumulation of vessels between openings which may directly impact vehicle traffic. For this reason, FDOT will be monitoring the traffic flow through the area during this test and may recommend that the test be terminated at any point that vehicle traffic patterns show a detriment rather than an improvement in traffic flow. This test may have a minor impact on vessel traffic as there will be two openings an hour rather than three during these same time periods.

This deviation will start on 7 a.m. on January 26 and will continue until 7 p.m. on April 25, 2009, unless otherwise terminated/cancelled due to heavier than normal traffic patterns. The Pinellas Bayway Structure “C” and Corey Causeway bridges will open on demand except that from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily both bridges will open on the hour and half-hour, seven days a week. Vessels able to pass under the bridges without an opening may do so at any time. Public vessels of the United States and tugs with tows must be passed at any time.

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.

Dated: January 15, 2009. R.S. Branham, Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard,Commander, Seventh Coast Guard District.