[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 84 (Tuesday, May 1, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 25592]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-10418]



Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 117

[Docket No. USCG-2012-0292]

Drawbridge Operation Regulations; James River, Hopewell, VA

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Notice of temporary deviation from regulations.


SUMMARY: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the 
operating schedule that governs the SR 156/Benjamin Harrison Memorial 
Bridge, at mile 65.0, across the James River, at Hopewell, VA. This 
deviation is necessary to facilitate mechanical repairs to the vertical 
lift span. The deviation allows the drawbridge to remain in the closed 
to navigation position.

DATES: This deviation is effective from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 8, 

ADDRESSES: Documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in 
the docket USCG-2012-0292 and are available online by going to http://www.regulations.gov, inserting USCG-2012-0292 in the ``Keywords'' box, 
and then clicking ``Search''. This material is also available for 
inspection or copying 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 email Mr. Bill H. Brazier, Bridge Management Specialist, Fifth 
Coast Guard District, telephone (757) 398-6422, email 
Bill.H.Brazier@uscg.mil. If you have questions on reviewing the docket, 
call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, (202) 366-

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Virginia Department of Transportation, 
who owns and operates this vertical-lift type bridge, has requested a 
temporary deviation from the current operating regulations to 
facilitate structural repairs.
    Under the regular operating schedule, the SR 156/Benjamin Harrison 
Memorial Bridge, at mile 65.0, across the James River, at Hopewell, VA 
opens on signal as required by 33 CFR 117.5 and has vertical clearances 
in the full open and closed positions of 145 feet and 50 feet above 
mean high water, respectively.
    Under this temporary deviation, the drawbridge will be maintained 
in the closed to navigation position to facilitate repairs to the skew 
couplings that keep the vertical lift portion of the bridge balanced. 
The lift span will be closed to vessels from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., on 
Tuesday, May 8, 2012. The bridge will be unable to open for 
    The James River caters to a variety of vessels from freighters to 
tug and barge traffic to recreational vessels. The Coast Guard has 
carefully coordinated the restrictions with commercial and recreational 
waterway users. Additionally, the Coast Guard will inform unexpected 
users of the waterway through our Local and Broadcast Notice to 
Mariners of the closure period for the bridge so that vessels can 
arrange their transits to minimize any impacts caused by the temporary 
    In accordance with 33 CFR 117.35(e), when applicable the draw must 
return to its original 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: April 18, 2012.
Waverly W. Gregory, Jr.,
Bridge Program Manager, Fifth Coast Guard District.
[FR Doc. 2012-10418 Filed 4-30-12; 8:45 am]