[Federal Register Volume 63, Number 250 (Wednesday, December 30, 1998)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 71754]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 98-34632]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 117

[CGD08-98-080]


Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Upper Mississippi River

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DOT.

ACTION: Notice of temporary deviation from regulations.

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SUMMARY: The Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District has issued a 
temporary deviation from the regulations governing the operation of the 
Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific railroad bridge at Mile 1.0, 
Black River, at La Crosse, Wisconsin. This deviation amends the federal 
drawbridge operation regulations allowing the bridge owner to close the 
drawbridge from 12:01 a.m. on January 4, 1999, through 11:59 p.m. on 
February 4, 1999. This deviation is issued to allow for the removal of 
mechanical devices for rebuilding to avoid problems during the summer 
of 1999.

DATES: The deviation is effective from 12:01 a.m. on January 4, 1999, 
through 11:59 p.m. on February 4, 1999.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Roger K. Wiebusch, Bridge Administrator, Director, Western Rivers 
Operations, Eighth Coast Guard District, Bridge Branch, 1222 Spruce 
Street, St. Louis, MO 63103-2832; telephone: (314) 539-3900, extension 
378.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific 
railroad bridge has a vertical clearance of 17.0 feet above low water 
and 4.0 feet above high water in the closed to navigation position. 
Navigation on the waterway consists primarily of commercial tows. This 
deviation has been coordinated with the commercial waterway industry, 
who do not object. The Canadian Pacific Railway has requested a 
temporary deviation from the normal operation of the bridge to remove 
the mechanical devices for rebuilding. This work is essential for the 
continued operation of the drawbridge and to avoid problems in the 
summer of 1999.
    This deviation is for the period of 12:01 a.m. on January 4, 1999, 
through 11:59 p.m. on February 4, 1999. This temporary deviation allows 
the draw of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific railroad to 
remain closed to navigation. The drawbridge operation regulations, when 
not amended by a deviation, require that the drawbridge open on signal 
if at least two hours notice is given.

    Dated: December 16, 1998.
Paul J. Pluta,
Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District.
[FR Doc. 98-34632 Filed 12-29-98; 8:45 am]
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