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REVISED NAUTICAL CHARTS

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has updated the following nautical charts:

• chart 12350, 58th ed. — Jamaica Bay and Rockaway Inlet;

• chart 13272, 48th ed. — Boston Inner Harbor.

The new editions are available through NOAA sales agents. A free list of authorized sales agents is available by contacting the National Ocean Service, Distribution Division (N/ACC3), 6501 Lafayette Ave., Riverdale, MD 20737.

LONG ISLAND SOUND TO

DEEP RIVER,

CONNECTICUT RIVER, CONN.

The Commander, 1st Coast Guard District, has issued a temporary deviation from the drawbridge operation regulations for the Amtrak Old Lyme RR Bridge at mile 3.4 across the Connecticut River. Under this temporary deviation, effective Feb. 21 through March 31, the bridge shall open on signal on a fixed schedule at 8 a.m., 12 p.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. From 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. the draw shall open on signal after at least a four-hour advance notice is given to the contractor at (203) 627-0781, or on VHF channels 13 and 16. This deviation is necessary in order to facilitate bridge repairs. Mariners are advised to plan their transits accordingly. (NOAA chart 12375)

LONG ISLAND SOUND,

GREENWICH POINT TO

NEW ROCHELLE, BYRAM

HARBOR, BYRAM RIVER, CONN.

Work to rehabilitate the I-95 Bridge, mile 0.4, across the Byram River between Port Chester, N.Y., and Greenwich, Conn., is under way. The contractor has installed a work platform between piers 11 and 12 over the navigable channel. The work platform reduces the vertical clearance by about 5 feet. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area. The rehabilitation project is to be completed by the end of July 2005. (NOAA chart 12367)

LONG ISLAND SOUND TO

DEEP RIVER,

CONNECTICUT RIVER, CONN.

The Coast Guard has established a temporary change to the drawbridge operation regulation for the Route 82 Bridge at mile 16.8, across the Connecticut River at East Haddam, Conn. This temporary final rule will allow the bridge to operate on a fixed operating schedule and also authorize several bridge closures through March 31, 2006, to facilitate rehabilitation of the bridge. Through July 6, the draw shall open on signal at 5:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 8 p.m. daily. From July 7 through Oct. 31, Monday through Thursday, the draw shall open on signal at 5:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 8 p.m. On Friday the draw shall open on signal at 5:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 8 p.m., and 11:30 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday the draw shall open on signal at 5:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. The draw need not open for the passage of vessel traffic on the following dates: March 21 through March 28; Oct. 18, 19 and 20; and Dec. 14. At all times, except during authorized bridge closure periods, the draw shall open on signal for commercial vessels provided at least a two-hour advance notice is given. Mariners are advised to plan their transits accordingly. (NOAA chart 12375)

LONG ISLAND SOUND TO

DEEP RIVER,

CONNECTICUT RIVER, CONN.

Rehabilitation of the Amtrak Old Lyme-Old Saybrook Railroad Bridge across the Connecticut River at mile 3.4 is in progress. There will be no vertical or horizontal clearance reduction in the channel. This project is to be completed by March 31. (NOAA chart 12375)

LONG ISLAND SOUND, STRATFORD POINT TO SHERWOOD POINT, BRIDGEPORT HARBOR, PEQUONNOCK RIVER, CONN.

A 45-foot-by-126-foot crane barge and several 30-foot-by-90-foot work barges are operating under the I-95 Bridge across the Pequonnock River at mile 0.0 until further notice. Mariners requiring full horizontal clearance through the bridge should contact the contractor via VHF channels 13 and 16 or call (203) 334-8718 two hours in advance. Mariners are advised to plan accordingly and exercise caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12369)

NEW HAVEN, CONN.

The Coast Guard was scheduled to make the following change to aids to navigation in December 2004:

• change New Haven Harbor buoy 2 (LL 24035) to New Haven Harbor lighted buoy 2 (LL 24305) flashing red 2.5 seconds. (NOAA charts 12371, 12372)

NEWTOWN CREEK, N.Y.

Spearin Preston and Burrows Inc. will be performing bulkhead repairs about 100 yards west of the Pulaski Bridge at the south bulkhead in Newtown Creek through May. A 120-foot crane barge and 90-foot material scow will be secured along the bulkhead completely outside of the channel. Barges will be properly lighted at all times. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (NOAA chart 12338)