Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
Worth Contracting on behalf of Florida Department of Transportation, has requested a deviation to the regulations of the Cortez bridge across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway as required by 33 CFR 117.287(d)(1) Cortez (SR 684) Bridge, mile 87.4. The draw shall open on signal, except that from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., the draw need only open on the hour, 20 minutes after the hour, and 40 minutes after the hour. From January 15 to May 15, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., the draw need only open on the hour and half-hour. To facilitate the repair of the bascule leaves, one leaf will be allowed to remain in the closed position upon signal from a vessel, except with a three hour notification to the bridge tender for a double-leaf opening. This deviation effectively reduces the horizontal clearance of 90 feet by half for vessels requiring an opening. Vessels not requiring an opening may pass at anytime. This action will affect a limited number of vessels as the ability to use the full 90 foot horizontal clearance is available with a two hour notification. This action is necessary to allow Worth Contracting to conduct necessary repairs to the bascule leaves safely and efficiently.
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.