[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 178 (Friday, September 13, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 56609]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-22265]



Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 117

[Docket Number USCG-2013-0798]

Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Illinois Waterway, Beardstown, 

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Notice of deviation from drawbridge regulation.


SUMMARY: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the 
operating schedule that governs the Burlington Northern Santa Fe 
Railroad Bridge across the Illinois Waterway, mile 88.8, at Beardstown, 
Illinois. The deviation is necessary to install new conley rail 
components which can only be done when the bridge is in the closed-to-
navigation position. The deviation allows the bridge to remain in the 
closed-to-navigation position during two 12-hour periods.

DATES: This deviation is effective from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., October 15 
and October 22, 2013.

ADDRESSES: The docket for this deviation, USCG-2013-0798, is available 
at http://www.regulations.gov. Type the docket number in the ``SEARCH'' 
box and click ``SEARCH.'' Click on 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 Eric A. Washburn, Bridge 
Administrator, Western Rivers, Coast Guard; telephone (314) 269-2378, 
email [email protected]. If you have questions on viewing the 
docket, call Barbara Hairston, Program Manager, Docket Operations, 
telephone (202) 366-9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway 
Company requested a temporary deviation for the Burlington Northern 
Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad Bridge, mile 88.8, at Beardstown, Illinois 
across the Illinois Waterway. It has a vertical clearance of 19.6 feet 
above normal pool in the closed position. The BNSF Railroad Bridge 
currently operates in accordance with 33 CFR 117.393(a) which requires 
that the bridge be maintained in the open-to-navigation position; 
closing only when a train needs to transit the bridge.
    The deviation period is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., October 15 and 
October 22, 2013 when the draw span will remain in the closed-to-
navigation position. During these times the new conley rail components 
will be installed. The draw span will not be returned to its fully open 
position until installation is completed after each closure. For the 
duration of the repair, work vessels will not be allowed to pass 
through the bridge while the installation of the conley rail components 
is in progress. The bridge will not be able to open for emergencies and 
there is no immediate alternate route for vessels to pass this section 
of the Illinois Waterway. The Coast Guard will also inform the users of 
the waterway through our Local and Broadcast Notices to Mariners of the 
change in operating schedule for the bridge so that vessels can arrange 
their transits to minimize any impact caused by the temporary 
    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 temporary deviation. This deviation from the operating 
regulations is authorized under 33 CFR 117.35.

    Dated: August 30, 2013.
Eric A. Washburn,
Bridge Administrator, Western Rivers.
[FR Doc. 2013-22265 Filed 9-12-13; 8:45 am]