Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
The Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, on behalf of New Jersey Department of Transportation, requested a temporary deviation from the current operating regulations of the Route 30/Absecon Boulevard Bridge across Beach Thorofare, NJICW mile 67.2, at Atlantic City, NJ.
The closure has been requested to ensure the safety of the heavy volumes of vehicular traffic that would be transiting over the bridge for the July 4th fireworks show at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa. Under this temporary deviation, the bridge will remain in the closed position to vessels requiring an opening in order to facilitate the movement of vehicular traffic intending to view the Fourth of July fireworks show.
The Fourth of July fireworks show is scheduled to take place on July 4, 2011. Therefore, under this temporary deviation, the bridge will remain in the closed position to vessels requiring an opening from 9:40 p.m. through 11:15 p.m. on July 4, 2011. However, should weather preclude this event from taking place on July 4, 2011, the event will be re-scheduled to take place on July 5, 2011. In that case, the bridge will operate as normal on July 4, 2011 and the bridge will remain in the closed position to vessels requiring an opening
The vertical clearance of this bascule bridge is 20 feet above mean high water in the closed position to vessels and unlimited in the open position. The current operating regulations are outlined at 33 CFR 117.733(e), which require that the bridge shall open on signal but only if at least four hours of notice is given; except that from April 1 through October 31, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., the draw need only open on the hour. The majority of the vessels that transit this bridge during this time are recreational boats. Vessels able to pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at any time. The bridge will be able to open for emergencies. The Atlantic Ocean is an alternate route for vessels with mast heights greater than 20 feet. The Coast Guard will inform the users of the waterway through our Local and Broadcast Notices to Mariners of the closure period so that vessels can plan their 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 designated time period. This deviation from the operating regulations is authorized under 33 CFR 117.35.