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US Coast Guard Opens 90-day Comment Period on Proposed Alameda Estuary Bridge Changes

Dear Editor,

On April 12 your website posted an article regarding the proposed changes by the Alameda County Public Works Agency to modify the operating hours of the Estuary Bridges. Our office would like to make you aware that the proposed regulations have been printed in the Federal Register and the 90 day comment period has begun.

After the 90 days comment period the US Coast Guard, not Alameda County, will make a decision on whether to move forward with the proposed regulations or not.

Our office encourages your readers to provide comments to the Coast Guard by identifying docket number USCG-2009-0803 and using the following ways:

1) Website: www.regulations.gov
2) Fax 202-493-2251
3) Mail: Docket Management Facility (M-30) US DOT, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001

Attached is the posting of the proposed regulations. Should you have any questions my contact information is below.

Best,

Rubén Briones
Deputy Chief of Staff
Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker

(Editor note: We have re-printed a portion of the federal register entry below…. Our prior story on this issue is here.)

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND
SECURITY
Coast Guard
33 CFR Part 117
[Docket No. USCG–2009–0803]
RIN 1625–AA09
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Oakland Inner Harbor Tidal Canal, Oakland/Alameda, CA, Schedule Change

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.
ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.

SUMMARY: The Coast Guard proposes to modify the drawbridge operation regulation for the Alameda County and the Army Corps of Engineers owned drawbridges across Oakland Inner Harbor Tidal Canal, between Oakland and Alameda, California so that four hours advance notice for openings would be required from the waterway user to the bridge owner, between the hours 4:30 p.m. and 9 a.m. daily. With
the exception of Federal Holidays, openings at all other times would be on signal except during interstate rush hours, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, when the drawbridges need not be opened for vessels. However, the draws would open during the above closed periods for vessels which must, for reasons of safety, move on a tide or slack water, if at least four hours advance notice is given. The proposed rule is requested by Alameda County to reduce the bridge staffing requirements during periods of reduced openings.

DATES: Comments and related material must reach the Coast Guard on or before August 25, 2010.

Comments are closed.

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