Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Pocomoke River, Snow Hill, MD

Summary:

The Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District, has issued a temporary deviation from the regulations governing the operation of the S12Bridge across the Pocomoke River, mile 29.9, at Snow Hill, MD. The deviation restricts the operation of the draw span to facilitate the cleaning and painting of the bridge.

Dates:

This deviation is effective from 7 a.m. on September 8, 2010 to 7 p.m. on October 8, 2010.

Addresses:

Documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket are part of docket USCG-2010-0761 and are available online by going to http://www.regulations.gov, inserting USCG-2010-0761 in the “Keyword” box and then clicking “Search”. They are also available for inspection or copying at the 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, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

For further information contact:

If you have questions on this rule, call or e-mail Mrs. Sandra Elliott, Bridge Management Specialist, Fifth District, Coast Guard; telephone 757-398-6557, e-mail Sandra.S.Elliott@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.

Supplementary information:

The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA), who owns and operates this single leaf bascule drawbridge, has requested a temporary deviation from the current operating schedule to facilitate cleaning and painting the structure. Under the regular operating schedule, the bridge opens on signal as required by 33 CFR 117.569(c) if at least five hours advance notice is given.

The S12 Bridge across Pocomoke River, mile 29.9 at Snow Hill MD, has a vertical clearance in the closed position of two feet above mean high water and five feet above mean low water. Under this temporary deviation, the contractor has requested to maintain the bridge in the closed position to vessels beginning at 7 a.m. on September 8, 2010 until and including 7 p.m. on October 8, 2010.

Bridge opening data supplied by SHA and reviewed by the Coast Guard revealed, from August 2009 to October 2009, the bridge opened for vessels 57, 57, and 48 times, respectively. During the same period on the weekdays, the bridge opened 13, 14, and 13 times, respectively, with the majority of the vessel openings on the weekends for a fishing tournament.

The Coast Guard has coordinated the restrictions with the local users of the waterway. The Coast Guard will inform other waterway users of the bridge closure periods through our Local and Broadcast Notices to Mariners so that vessels can arrange their transits to minimize any impact caused by the temporary deviation. There are no alternate routes for vessels transiting this section of the Pocomoke River but the drawbridge will be able to open in the event of an emergency.

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: August 11, 2010. Waverly W. Gregory, Jr.,

Chief, Bridge Administration Branch, Fifth Coast Guard District.

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