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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,

Washington, January 30, 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. 8970, transmitted with your letter of Janury 23 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 Illinois to construct a bridge across the Little Calumet River on Ashland Avenue near One hundred and thirty-fourth Street, between sections 31 and 32, township 37 north, range 14 east, third principal meridian. The title of the bill mentions the location of the proposed bridge as being in Cook County, but the body of the bill makes no mention of the county. It is suggested that it might be well to more definitely fix the location by specifying the county in the body of the bill. This bridge will not be on the system of Federal-aid highways approved for the State of Illinois. However, the authority for its construction would be granted to the Statı, and is recommended. Sincerely,

R. W. DUNLAP, Acting Secretary. O

CONGRESS

BRIDGE ACROSS LITTLE CALUMET RIVER ON HALSTED STREET NEAR ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-FIFTH STREET, COOK COUNTY, ILL.

FEBRUARY 8, 1930.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed

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

merce, submitted the following

REPORT

[To accompany H. R. 8971)

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 8971) granting the consent of Congress to the State of Illinois to widen, maintain, and operate the existing bridge across the Little Calumet River on Halsted Street near One hundred and forty-fifth Street, in Cook County, State of Illinois, having considered the same, report thereon with an amendment and, as so amended, recommend that it pass.

Amend the bill as follows:

Page 1, line 8, after the word "meridian," insert the words "in Cook County, Illinois,".

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

WAR DEPARTMENT, February 3, 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. 8971, 71st Cong., 2d sess.), granting the consent of Congress to the State of Illinois to widen the exsiting bridge across the Little Calumet River on Halsted Street near One hundred and forty-fifth Street, in Cook County, Ill.

This bill is, however, practically identical with H. R. 7959, Seventy-first Congress, second session, upon which a report was submitted under date of January 14, 1930. It appears that the two bills contemplate the authorization of one and the same structure, and that it is not the intention of the State of Illinois to build two bridges over the Little. Calumet River at this point. While this department offers no objection to the passage of either bill, the passage of both seems unnecessary

PATRICK J. HURLEY,

Secretary of War,

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,

Washington, D. C., January 30, 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. 8971, transmitted with your letter of January 23 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 Illinois to widen, maintain, and operate the existing highway bridge and approaches thereto across the Little Calumet River at a point on Halsted Street near One hundred and forty-fifth Street, section 8, township 36 north, range 14 east, third principal meridian. The title to the bill indicates that the proposed bridge to which it relates is in Cook County, although no reference to the county is made in the body of the bill. It is suggested that this omission should be corrected. The bill otherwise is without objection. Sincerely,

R. W. DUNLAP, Acting Secretary. O

BRIDGE ACROSS LITTLE CALUMET RIVER ON ASHLAND AVENUE NEAR ONE HUNDRED AND FORTIETH STREET, COOK COUNTY, ILL.

FEBRUARY 8, 1930.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed

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

merce, submitted the following

REPORT

(To accompany H. R. 8972)

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 8972) granting the consent of Congress to the State of Illinois to construct a bridge across the Little Calumet River on Ashland Avenue near One hundred and fortieth Street in Cook County, Ill., having considered the same, report thereon with amendments and as so amended recommend that it pass.

Amend the bill as follows:

Page 1, line 4, before the word “bridge” insert the words "free highway". Line 8, after the word "meridian," insert the words "in Cook County, Illinois,”.

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

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WAR DEPARTMENT, February 1, 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. 8972, 71st Cong., 2d sess.) granting the consent of Congress to the State of Illinois to construct a bridge across the Little Calumet River on Ashland Avenue near One hundred and fortieth Street in Cook County, State of Illinois.

This bill is, however, practically identical with H. R. 7956, Seventy-first Congress, second session, upon which a report was submitted under date of January 14, 1930. It appears that the two bills contemplate the authorization of one and the same structure, and that it is not the intention of the State of Illinois to build two bridges over the Little Calumet River at this point. While this department offers no objection to the passage of either bill, the passage of both seems unnecessary

PATRICK J. HURLEY,

Secretary of War.

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,

Washington, D. C., January 30, 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. 8972) transmitted with your letter of January 23 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 Illinois to construct, maintain, and operate a bridge and approaches thereto across the Little Calumet River on Ashland Avenue near One hundred and fortieth Street, in section 6, township 36 north, range 14 east, third principal meridian. The title of the bill indicates that the proposed bridge will be located in Cook County, but the language of the bill itself makes no mention of the county: It is suggested that the name of the proper county should be inserted in the body of the bill in order to more definitely fix the location of the proposed bridge. The location indicated for the proposed bridge does not appear to be on the system of Federal-aid highways approved for Illinois. However, the authority to construct the bridge would be granted to the State and it is recommended. Sincerely,

R. W. DUNLAP, Acting Secretary. O

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