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& Arkansas Railway Co. to construct a combination highway and railroad bridge across the Mississippi River at or near Baton Rouge. A minor change in the title of the bill has been indicated in red thereon.

PATRICK J. HURLEY,

Secretary of War.

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,

Washington, December 28, 1931. Hon. Sam RAYBURN, Chairman, Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce,

House of Representatives. DEAR MR. RAYBURN: Careful consideration has been given to the bill (H. R. 5878) transmitted with your letter of December 16 with request for a report thereon and such views relative thereto as the department might desire to communicate.

This bill would authorize the Louisiana Highway Commission, and the Missouri Pacific Railroad Co., a Missouri corporation, and the Louisiana & Arkansas Railway Co., a Delaware corporation, their successors and assigns, to construct, maintain, and operate a combination highway and railroad bridge and approaches thereto across the Mississippi River at or near Baton Rouge, La.

Several highways on the system of Federal-aid highways approved for Louisiana pass through Baton Rouge, and traffic over such highways would be greatly facilitated if a bridge across the Mississippi River at that point were constructed under proper authorization. The same is true with respect to railroads, which cross the river at this point by ferry at the present time. It would seem, therefore, that the plan proposed by the bill for a joint highway and railroad bridge, to be constructed by the State and the interested railroads, is a proper and logical plan for undertaking the construction of such a bridge. The department, therefore, would recommend favorable action on the bill. Sincerely yours,

R. W. DUNLAP, Acting Secretary. O

BRIDGE ACROSS THE ST. JOSEPH RIVER AT OR NEAR

ST. JOSEPH, MICH.

JANUARY 14, 1932.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed

Mr. Mapes, from the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Com

merce, submitted the following

REPORT

(To accompany H. R. 6451)

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 6451) granting the consent of Congress to the State of Michigan and Berrien County, or either of them, to construct, maintain, and operate a bridge across the St. Joseph River, having considered and amended the same, report thereon with a recommendation that it pass. Amend the bill as follows:

Page 1, line 5, after “struct” strike out the word “” and insert the words “maintain and operate a free highway” in lieu thereof; line 7, after the word "navigation," strike out the words "and to maintain and”; line 8, strike out the words “operate the same.”

Amend the title so as to read:

Granting the consent of Congress to the State of Michigan and Berrien County, or either of them, to construct, maintain, and operate a free highway bridge across the St. Joseph River at or near St. Joseph, Mich.

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

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WAR DEPARTMENT, December 24, 1931. 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. 6451, 720 Cong., 1st sess.), granting the consent of Congress to the State of Michigan and Berrien County, or either of them, to construct a bridge across the St. Joseph River.

The navigable portion of the St. Joseph River, however, lies wholly within the limits of the State of Michigan, 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.

PATRICK J. HURLEY,

Secretary of War.

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,

Washington, December 28, 1931. Hon. Sam RAYBURN, Chairman Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce,

House of Representatives. Dear Mr. RAYBURN: Careful consideration has been given to the bill H. R. 6451, transmitted with your letter of December 21 with request for a report thereon and such views relative thereto as the department might desire to communicate.

This bill would authorize the State of Michigan and Berrien County, or either of them, to construct a bridge and approaches thereto across the St. Joseph River at or near St. Joseph, Mich. A route on the system of Federal-aid highways approved for Michigan passes through St. Joseph and crosses the St. Joseph River at that point. The proposed bridge, therefore, would be on the system of Federal-aid highways approved for Michigan. Favorable action on the bill is recommended. Sincerely,

R. W. DUNLAP, Acting Secretary.

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18t Session

No. 65

BRIDGE ACROSS THE MONONGAHELA RIVER BETWEEN THE CITY OF PITTSBURGH AND THE BOROUGH OF HOMESTEAD, PA.

January 14, 1932.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed

Mr. Wrant, from the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce,

submitted the following

REPORT

(To accompany H. R. 7225)

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 7225) granting the consent of Congress to the Board of County Commissioners of Allegheny County, Pa., to construct, maintain, and operate a free highway bridge across the Monongahela River between the city of Pittsburgh and the borough of Homestead, Pa., having considered the same, report thereon with a recommendation that it pass.

The bill has the approval of the War and Agriculture Departments, as will appear by the letters on II. R. 265, a similar bill hereto attached.

WAR DEPARTMENT, December 22, 1931. 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. 265, 720 Cong., 1st sess.) authorizing the county of Allegheny to construct a free highway bridge across the Monongahela River at or near Pittsburgh, Pa.

PATRICK J. HURLEY,

Secretary of War.

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,

Washington, December 28, 1931.
Hon. Sam RAYBURN,
Chairman Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce,

House of Representatives.
Dear MR. RAYBURN: Careful consideration has been given to the bill (H. R.
265) transmitted with your letter of December 16, with request for a report
thereon and such views relative thereto as the department might desire to com-
municate.

This bill will authorize the County of Allegheny, State of Pennsylvania, to construct, maintain, and operate a free highway bridge and approaches thereto across the Monongahela River, at or near Pittsburgh, Pa., approximately 7.2 miles above the junction of said river with the Allegheny River. The location indicated for the proposed bridge is not on the system of Federal-aid highways approved for Pennsylvania. However, the bill would authorize a free bridge and is without objection so far as this department is concerned. Sincerely yours,

R. W. DUNLAP, Acting Secretary.

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