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The Veterans Memorial Bridge at mile 2.1, across the Taunton River between Somerset and Fall River, Massachusetts, has a vertical clearance of 60 feet at mean high water and 66 feet at mean low water. The horizontal clearance is 200 feet between the bridge protective fenders. The drawbridge operation regulations listed at 33 CFR 117.5, require the bridge to open on signal at all times.
The waterway users are predominantly seasonal recreational vessels.
The Veterans Memorial Bridge is a newly constructed double leaf bascule highway bridge at mile 2.1, upstream from the existing Brightman Street Route 6 highway bridge at mile 1.8, across the Taunton River.
The owner of the bridge, Massachusetts Department of Transportation, submitted a request to the Coast Guard to change the drawbridge operating regulations that presently require the draw to be crewed 24 hours a day and open on signal at all times.
The bridge owner proposes to crew the bridge less than 24 hours a day and operate the bridge as follows: The draw shall open on signal between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily. From 9 p.m. through 5 a.m., the draw shall open on signal after at least a 1-hour advance notice is given by calling the number posted at the bridge. From 6 p.m. on December 24 to midnight on December 25, and from 6 p.m. on December 31 to midnight on January 1, the draw shall open on signal if at least a 2-hour advance notice is given by calling the number posted at the bridge.
The Coast Guard has decided to test the designated operating hours for the new bridge for 180 days to help determine if this schedule will meet the reasonable needs of navigation that presently transit the new bridge. Since this is a new bridge there is no historical record of bridge openings to help us determine if this request is reasonable.
It is anticipated that due to the high vertical clearance of 60 feet at mean high water and 66 feet at mean low, that the bridge should not be required to open frequently except for large sail vessels.
In accordance with 33 CFR 117.35(e), the drawbridge must return to its regular operating schedule immediately at the end of the effective period of this deviation. This deviation from the operating regulations is authorized under 33 CFR 117.35.