[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 135 (Monday, July 15, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 42010]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-16811]



Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 117

[Docket No. USCG-2013-0469]

Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Isle of Wight (Sinepuxent) Bay, 
Ocean City, MD

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Notice of deviation from regulation.


SUMMARY: The Commander Fifth Coast Guard District has issued a 
temporary deviation from the regulations governing the operation of the 
US 50 Bridge, over Isle of Wight (Sinepuxent) Bay, mile 0.5, at Ocean 
City, MD. The deviation is necessary to accommodate the 10th annual 
``Island 2 Island'' Half Marathon. This deviation allows the drawbridge 
to remain in the closed position to vessels during the race.

DATES: This deviation is effective from 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. April 
26, 2014.

ADDRESSES: The docket for this deviation [USCG-2013-0469] is available 
at http://www.regulations.gov. Type the docket number in the ``Search'' 
box and click ``Search.'' Click on the Open Docket Folder on the line 
associated with this deviation. You may also visit the Docket 
Management Facility in Room W12-140, on the ground floor of the 
Department of Transportation West Building, 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 
temporary deviation, call or email Kashanda Booker, Bridge Management 
Specialist, Fifth Coast Guard District, telephone 757-398-6227, email 
[email protected]. If you have questions on viewing the 
docket, call Barbara Hairston, Program Manager, Docket Operations, 
telephone 202-366-9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OC Tri Running Sports, on behalf of Maryland 
Transportation Authority, has requested a temporary deviation from the 
current operating regulations of the US 50 Bridge across Isle Wight 
(Sinepuxent) Bay mile 0.5, at Ocean City, MD.
    The closure has been requested to ensure the safety of the 
increased volume of runners and spectators that will be participating 
in the 10th annual ``Island 2 Island'' Half Marathon on April 26, 2014. 
The event is expected to bring in over 4,000 runners and 6,000 
spectators. The OC Tri Sports is extending the course to 13.1 miles to 
accommodate the request of the community. Under this temporary 
deviation, the Route 50 Bridge will remain in the closed position to 
vessels, from 8 a.m. through 10:30 a.m. Information provided by our 
Coast Guard Station Ocean City reveals that, in the past, vessel 
traffic for that time of year is very limited with most vessels being 
small enough to pass without a bridge lift. The US 50 Bridge, over Isle 
of Wight (Sinepuxent) Bay, mile 0.5, at Ocean City, MD has a vertical 
clearance in the closed position to vessels of 13 feet above mean high 
water. Vessels that can pass under the bridge without a bridge opening 
may do so at any time and are advised to proceed with caution. The 
Atlantic Ocean is the alternate route for vessels with mast heights 
greater than 13 feet transiting this section of Isle of Wight 
(Sinepuxent) Bay. At all other times during the effected period, the 
bridge will operate as outlined at 33 CFR 117.559.
    The Coast Guard will inform waterway users 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 impacts caused 
by the temporary deviation.
    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: July 3, 2013.
Waverly W. Gregory, Jr.,
Bridge Program Manager, Fifth Coast Guard District.
[FR Doc. 2013-16811 Filed 7-12-13; 8:45 am]