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SENATE

71ST CONGRESS

2d Session

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REPORT No. 880

BRIDGE ACROSS OCONEE RIVER AT BALLS FERRY, GA.

JUNE 9 (calendar day, JUNE 10), 1930.—Ordered to be printed

Mr. Dale, from the Committee on Commerce, submitted the following

REPORT

[To accompany S. 4606]

The Committee on Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (S. 4606) granting the consent of Congress to the State of Georgia and the counties of Wilkinson, Washington, and Johnson to construct, maintain, and operate a free highway bridge across the Oconee River at or near Balls Ferry, Ga., having considered the same, report favorably thereon, and recommend that the bill do pass without amendment.

The bill has the approval of the Departments of War and Agriculture, as will appear by the annexed communications, which are made a part of this report.

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,

Washington, D. C., June 9, 1930. Hon. HIRAM W. JOHNSON,

Chairman Committee on Commerce, United States Senate. DEAR SENATOR: Receipt is acknowledged of your letter of June 2, transmitting a copy of a bill (S. 4606) with request that the committee be furnished with such suggestions touching its merits and the propriety of its passage as the department might deem appropriate.

This bill would authorize the State of Georgia and the counties of Wilkinson, Washington, and Johnson, of said State, to construct, maintain, and operate a free highway bridge and approaches thereto across the Oconee River, at or near Balls Ferry, Ga. Favorable action on the bill is recommended. Sincerely,

C. F. MARVIN, Acting Secretary.

WAR DEPARTMENT, June 5, 1930. Respectfully returned to the chairman Committee on Commerce, United States Senate.

So far as the interests committed to this department are concerned, I know of no objection to the favorable consideration of the accompanying bill, S. 4606, Seventy-first Congress, second session, granting the consent of Congress to the State of Georgia and the counties of Wilkinson, Washington, and Johnson to construct a free highway bridge across the Oconee River at or near Balls Ferry, Ga.

The Oconee River is, however, wholly within the limits of the State of Georgia, and the proposed bridge can consequently be authorized by State law and duly constructed provided the plans are submitted to and approved by the Chief of Engineers and by the Secretary of War before construction is commenced, in conformity with the Federal law contained in section 9 of the river and harbor act of March 3, 1899. The enactment of this measure therefore appears to be unnecessary.

F. TRUBEE Davison,

Acting Secretary of War. 0

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SENATE

715T CONGRESS

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REPORT No. 881

BRIDGE ACROSS NIAGARA RIVER AT NIAGARA FALLS,

N. Y.

JUNE 9 (calendar day, JUNE 10), 1930.-Ordered to be printed

Mr. DALE, from the Committee on Commerce, submitted the following

REPORT

[To accompany S. 4654)

The Committee on Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (S. 4654) granting the consent of Congress to the Niagara Frontier Bridge Commission, its successors and assigns, to construct, maintain, and operate a toll bridge across the east branch of the Niagara River at or near the city of Niagara Falls, N. Y., having considered the same, report favorably thereon, and recommend that the bill do pass without amendment.

The bill has the approval of the Departments of War and Agriculture, as will appear by the annexed House Report No. 1479, which is made a part of this report.

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(House Report No. 1479, Seventy-first Congress, second session] The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 11903) granting the consent of Congress to the construction of a bridge across the east branch of the Niagara River, having considered and amended the same, report thereon with a recommendation that it pass.

Amend the bill as follows:
Line 6, after the figures "1929," strike out the word "and".
Line 7, after the words “operate a" insert the word “toll".
Page 2, after line 10, insert the following as a new section:

Sec. 3. If tolls are charged for the use of such bridge, the rates of toll shall be so adjusted as to provide a fund sufficient to pay the reasonable cost of maintaining, repairing, and operating the bridge and its approaches under economical management, and to provide a sinking fund sufficient to amortize the cost of the bridge and its approaches, including reasonable interest and financing cost, as soon as possible under reasonable charges, but within a period of not to exceed twenty years from the completion thereof. After a sinking fund sufficient for such amortization shall have been so provided, such bridge shall thereafter be maintained and operated free of tolls, or the rates of toll shall thereafter be so adjusted as to provide a fund of not to exceed the amount necessary for the proper maintenance, repair, and operation of the bridge and its approaches under economical management. An accurate record of the costs of the bridge and its approaches, the expenditures for maintaining, repairing, and operating the same, and of the daily tolls collected, shall be kept and shall be available for the information of all persons interested.”

Page 2, line 11, strike out “Sec. 3” and insert “Sec. 4" in lieu thereof.
Amend the title so as to read:

"A bill granting the consent of Congress to the Niagara Frontier Bridge Commission, its successors and assigns, to construct, maintain, and operate a toll bridge across the east branch of the Niagara River at or near the city of Niagara Falls, N. Y."

The bill has the approval of the War and Agriculture Departments, as will appear by the letters attached.

WAR DEPARTMENT, April 30, 1930. Respectfully returned to the chairman Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, House of Representatives.

So far as the interests committed to this department are concerned, I know of no objection to the favorable consideration of the accompanying bill (H. R. 11903, 71st Cong., 2d sess.), granting the consent of Congress to the construction of a bridge across the east branch of the Niagara River.

F. TRUBEE DAVISON,

Acting Secretary of War.

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,

Washington, D. C., May 2, 1930. Hon. James S. PARKER, Chairman Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce,

House of Representatives. DEAR MR. PARKER: Careful consideration has been given to the bill H. R. 11903, transmitted with your letter of April 26 with request for a report thereon and such views relative thereto as the department might desire to communicate.

This bill would authorize the Niagara Frontier Bridge Commission, a State commission created by act of the Legislature of the State of New York (ch. 594, Session Laws of 1929), its successors and assigns, to construct, maintain, and operate a bridge and approaches thereto across the east branch of the Niagara River from a point east of Evershed Avenue, city of Niagara Falls, county of Niagara, State of New York, to Grand Island, in the county of Erie, State of New York. The bill would provide that the act shall be null and void unless the construction of said bridge shall be commenced within two years and completed within five years from the date of its approval. The location indicated for the proposed bridge is not on the system of Federal-aid highways, approved for the State of New York.

The Niagara Frontier Bridge Commission, which would be authorized to construct the bridge, is a State agency and under the act by which it was created (ch. 594, New York Session Laws of 1929) its purpose is to construct and maintain bridges for pedestrian and vehicular traffic across the east branch of the Niagara River from the town of Tonawanda to Grand Island and from (rind Island to Niagara Falls. The commission is authorized by the act of the State legislature to borrow money and to issue bonds for carrying out its purposes, and to derive revenues for meeting such obligations by the collection of tolls on the bridges to be constructed and operated. The act creating the commission provides also that the State of New York may by further legislative action take over the bridges and appurtenances at any time by assuming, guaranteeing, and paying all the outstanding bonds, liabilities, and other obligations of said commission, whereupon the said commission shall be deemed to be abolished. The bill is without objection so far as this department is concerned. Sincerely,

R. W. DUNLAP, Acting Secretary.

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