Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
The Burlington County Bridge Commission, who owns and operates this vertical-lift type drawbridge, has requested a temporary deviation from the current operating regulations set out in 33 CFR 117.5 and 117.716(b) to facilitate the replacement of the lift cables.
The Burlington-Bristol Bridge on Route 413, at mile 117.8, across the Delaware River, between Burlington NJ and Bristol PA, has a vertical clearance in the closed position to vessels of 62 feet above mean high water.
Under the regular operating schedule the bridge opens on signal as required by 33 CFR 117.5 and the opening of a bridge may not be delayed more than five minutes for a highway bridge, after the signal to open is given as required by 33 CFR 117.716(b).
Under this temporary deviation, beginning 12:01 a.m. on Saturday July 9, 2011 and ending at 11:59 p.m. on Friday July 22, 2011, the Burlington-Bristol Bridge will be closed to vessels and unable to open on signal.
Vessels that can pass under the bridge without a drawbridge opening may do so at all times. A barge/crane, involved in the maintenance operation, will be located near the center of the channel, adjacent to the bridge, reducing the horizontal clearance of the waterway to approximately 200 feet. on either side of the barge/crane. Vessels able to pass under the closed span in conjunction with this horizontal clearance may do so at any time. There are no alternate routes for vessels transiting this section of the Delaware River.
There are approximately four to six vessels per week from four facilities whose vertical clearance surpasses the closed bridge position, requiring an opening of the draw span. The Coast Guard has coordinated this replacement work with the Mariners Advisory Committee for Bay & River Delaware, and will inform the other users of the waterway through our Local and Broadcast Notices to Mariners of the closure periods for the bridge so that vessels can arrange their transits to minimize any impact caused by the temporary deviation. The bridge will not be able to open in an emergency due to the lift cables being removed.
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.