[Federal Register Volume 61, Number 148 (Wednesday, July 31, 1996)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 39872-39873]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 96-19479]



Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 117

RIN 2115-AE47

Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Red River, LA

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: This rule removes the regulation for the Kansas City Southern 
Railroad Bridge across the Red River, mile 88.0 at Alexandria, Rapides 
Parish, Louisiana because the swing span bridge has been removed.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This regulation is effective on July 31, 1996.

Mr. Phil Johnson, Bridge Administration Branch, (504) 589-2965.


Background and Purpose

    The Kansas City Railroad Bridge was removed from service and 
demolished on May 3, 1996. Since there is no longer a drawbridge at 
this location, there is no longer a need for the drawbridge operation 
    In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553, a notice of proposed rulemaking 
was not published for this regulation and good cause exists for making 
the regulation effective less than 30 days after Federal Register 
publication. Publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking and delaying 
the effective date are impracticable and unnecessary because the swing 
span of the bridge is no longer in existence.

Regulatory Evaluation

    This rule is not a significant regulatory action under Executive 
Order 12866 and is not significant under the DOT Regulatory Policies 
and Procedures (44 FR 11040; February 26, 1979). The Coast Guard 
expects the economic impact of this rule to be so minimal that

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a full Regulatory Evaluation is unnecessary.

Small Entities

    Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.), the 
Coast Guard must consider whether this rule will have a significant 
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. ``Small 
entities'' include independently owned and operated small businesses 
that are not dominant in their field and that otherwise qualify as 
``small business concerns'' under section 3 of the Small Business Act 
(15 U.S.C. 632). This rule will have little impact on either vehicular 
or navigational traffic. Because it expects the impact of this final 
rule to be minimal, the Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) 
that it will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial 
number of small entities.

Collection of Information

    This rule contains no collection of information requirements under 
the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.).


    The Coast Guard has analyzed this rule under the principles and 
criteria contained in Executive Order 12612 and has determined that 
this rule does not have sufficient federalism implications to warrant 
the preparation of a Federalism Assessment.


    The Coast Guard considered the environmental impact of this rule 
and concluded that, under section 2.B.2 of Commandant Instruction 
M16475.1 (series), this proposal is categorically excluded from further 
environmental documentation.

List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 117



    In consideration of the foregoing, Part 117 of Title 33, Code of 
Federal Regulations, is amended as follows:


    1. The authority citation for Part 117 continued to read as 

    Authority: 33 U.S.C. 499; 49 CFR 1.46; 33 CFR 1.05-1(g); section 
117.255 also issued under the authority of Pub. L. 102-587, 106 
Stat. 5039.

Sec. 117.491  [Amended]

    2. In Sec. 117.491, paragraph (b) is removed and (c), (d), (e) and 
(f) are redesignated (b), (c), (d) and (e), respectively.

    Dated: July 11, 1996.
T.W. Josian,
Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District.
[FR Doc. 96-19479 Filed 7-30-96; 8:45 am]