Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Old River, Between Victoria Island and Byron Tract, CA

CourtCoast Guard
Citation86 FR 23278
Publication Date03 May 2021
Record Number2021-09202
Federal Register, Volume 86 Issue 83 (Monday, May 3, 2021)
[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 83 (Monday, May 3, 2021)]
                [Rules and Regulations]
                [Pages 23278-23279]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                [FR Doc No: 2021-09202]
                Coast Guard
                33 CFR Part 117
                [Docket No. USCG-2021-0181]
                Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Old River, Between Victoria
                Island and Byron Tract, CA
                AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.
                ACTION: Notification of temporary deviation from regulations; request
                for comments.
                SUMMARY: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the
                operating schedule that governs the California Department of
                Transportation Route 4 highway bridge, across Old River, mile 14.8,
                between Victoria Island and Byron Tract, California. The amount of
                vessel traffic transiting the bridge site does not warrant an open on
                signal requirement for this drawbridge. This deviation will test a
                change to the drawbridge operation schedule to determine whether a
                permanent change to the schedule is needed. The Coast Guard is seeking
                comments from the public regarding these proposed changes.
                DATES: This deviation is effective from 6 a.m. on May 10, 2021, through
                6 a.m. on August 7, 2021. Your comments and related material must reach
                the Coast Guard on or before August 7, 2021.
                ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG-
                2021-0181 using Federal eRulemaking Portal at https://www.regulations.gov. See the ``Public Participation and Request for
                Comments'' portion of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below for
                instructions on submitting comments.
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this test
                deviation, call or email Mr. Carl Hausner, Eleventh Coast Guard
                District, Bridge Section Chief; telephone (510) 437-3516, email
                [email protected].
                I. Table of Abbreviations
                CFR Code of Federal Regulations
                DHS Department of Homeland Security
                U.S.C. United States Code
                II. Background and Purpose
                 The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Route 4
                highway bridge has a vertical clearance of 12.7 feet above mean high
                water in the closed-to-navigation position, and operates in accordance
                with 33 CFR 117.183.
                 Caltrans has requested a permanent change in the operation schedule
                of the bridge due to the increase in vehicular traffic and a decrease
                in vessel traffic. Population growth and the cost of housing has
                increased land traffic traveling from the central valley to the San
                Francisco Bay Area for work. From 2011 to 2020 the bridge has opened
                5.4 times per month from April through September and 2.9 times per
                month from October through March. Throughout the year, vessels
                requesting an opening are: recreational vessels, 21.5%; commercial
                vessels, 14.6%; government vessels conducting research, 60.5%; and law
                enforcement, 3.3%.
                 This test deviation will evaluate the impacts to navigation on the
                waterway. From 6 a.m. on May 10, 2021 through 6 a.m. on August 7, 2021,
                the drawspan of the bridge will open on signal if at least four hours
                notification is given to the drawtender at the Rio Vista Bridge across
                the Sacramento River, mile 12.8. Primary number, 707-374-2134;
                Secondary number, 209-948-7556. Caltrans will document vessel transits
                during this deviation and log any
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                comments the drawtender receives by the waterway users. Caltrans will
                also document any benefits to land traffic during this period.
                 By requiring vessel operators to plan in advance for an opening of
                the drawspan, it is anticipated the expected impacts to navigation
                during this test deviation will be minimal. Vessels that can transit
                the bridge, while closed, can continue to do so at any time. The Coast
                Guard will notify the boating public and all other interested parties
                by formal letter sent to all marinas within 25 miles of the bridge.
                There is no alternative route for vessels requiring an opening of the
                 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 vessel operators can arrange their
                transits to minimize any impact 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 effective
                period of this temporary deviation. This deviation from the operating
                regulations is authorized under 33 CFR 117.35.
                III. Information Requested
                 We are seeking comments from waterway users to understand the
                impacts of the contemplated change to the operating schedule of
                Caltrans Route 4 highway bridge, across Old River, mile 14.8, between
                Victoria Island and Byron Tract, California.
                IV. Public Participation and Request for Comments
                 We encourage you to submit comments through the Federal portal at
                https://www.regulations.gov. In your submission, please include the
                docket number for this notice of inquiry and provide a reason for each
                suggestion or recommendation. If your material cannot be submitted
                using https://www.regulations.gov, contact the person in the FOR
                FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document for alternate
                 We accept anonymous comments. Comments we post to https://www.regulations.gov will include any personal information you have
                provided. For more about privacy and submissions in response to this
                document, see DHS's eRulemaking System of Records notice (85 FR 14226,
                March 11, 2020).
                 Documents mentioned in this temporary deviation as being available
                in this docket, and all public comments, will be in our online docket
                at https://www.regulations.gov and can be viewed by following that
                website's instructions. We review all comments received, but we may
                choose not to post off-topic, inappropriate, or duplicate comments that
                we receive. If you visit the online docket and sign up for email
                alerts, you will be notified when comments are posted or if a final
                rule is published.
                 This document is issued under authority of 5 U.S.C. 552 (a).
                 Dated: April 23, 2021.
                Carl T. Hausner,
                District Bridge Chief, Eleventh Coast Guard District.
                [FR Doc. 2021-09202 Filed 4-30-21; 8:45 am]
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