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(Public— No. 978–70th CONGRESS)

(H. R. 16431) AN ACT To extend the times for commencing and completing the construction of a bridge across the

Kanawha River between Henderson and Point Pleasant, West Virginia Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the times for commencing and completing the construction of a bridge across the Kanawha River between a point in or near the town of Henderson, West Virginia, and a point opposite thereto in or near the city of Point Pleasant, Mason County, West Virginia, authorized to be built by Henderson Bridge Company, its successors and assigns, by the act of Congress approved March 2, 1927, extended by act of Congress approved March 14, 1928, are hereby further extended one and three years, respectively, from March 2, 1929.

Sec. 2. The right to alter, amend, or repeal this act is hereby expressly reserved.

Approved, March 2, 1929.

The Hon. James A. Hughes, who introduced this bill, has submitted the following information with respect thereto:

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
COMMITTEE ON MILITARY AFFAIRS,

Washington, D. C., February 5, 1990.
Hon. JAMES S. PARKER,
Chairman Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce,

Washington, D. C. MY DEAR MR. PARKER: I am inclosing you herewith H. R. 9439, which is an act to extend the times for commencing and completing the construction of a bridge across the Kanawha River between Henderson and Point Pleasant, W. Va.

The Legislature of West Virginia at the 1929 session created the State bridge commission and authorized it to acquire or construct vehicular bridges over streams either wholly within the State of West Virginia or over similar streams bordering the State. The purpose of this act is to defray the cost of these structures through the collection of tolls until the total amount of such tolls shall defray the cost. Afterwards these bridges are to be turned over to the public, free of tolls.

One of the first projects taken up by the State bridge commission is that of the construction of the Henderson-Point Pleasant bridge. On March 2, 1927, an act of Congress was passed authorizing the Henderson Bridge Co. to build this particular bridge, and this authorization was subsequently extended, during which time various rights of way were procured, engineering work done, and other preliminaries accomplished. Within the past few months the State Bridge Commission of West Virginia acquired all of the rights heretofore held by the Henderson Bridge Co. and active steps are now being taken to prosecute the construction of this bridge to an early conclusion. However, the authorization for this bridge, under which the State bridge commission is now proceeding, will expire on March 2, 1930, and for that reason it is now necessary to procure a further extension of the time for commencing actual construction, as well as an extension for the time of completion.

The Henderson Bridge Co. has procured practically all the rights of way; all necessary core drilling has been done; the preliminary plans have been completed and filed with the War Department; ordinances have been passed by both the town of Henderson and the city of Point Pleasant giving the right to cross and occupy the necessary streets and alleys. The foregoing items represent a total cash expenditure in excess of $17,000.

If there is any further information which you desire with reference to this project, please advise me. Sincerely yours,

J. A. HUGHES. 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 11, 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. 9439, 71st Cong., 2d sess.), to extend the times for commencing and completing the construction of a bridge across the Kanawha River between Henderson and Point Pleasant, W. Va., if amended as indicated in red thereon.

PATRICK J. HURLEY,

Secretary of War.

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,

Washington, D. C., February 10, 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. 9439 transmitted with your letter of February 4 with request for a report thereon and such views relative thereto as the department might desire to communicate

This bill would extend for one and three years, respectively, from March 2, 1930, the times for commencing and completing the construction of a bridge across the Kanawka River between a point in or near the town of Henderson, W. Va., and a point opposite in or near the town of Point Pleasant, W. Va., authorized to be built by the Henderson Bridge Co. by act of Congress approved March 2, 1927, and heretofore extended by acts of Congress approved March 14, 1928, and March 2, 1929.

The department understands that the Henderson Bridge Co. has acquired all right of way necessary for the location and construction of the bridge and also has done other work representing a total cash expenditure in excess of $17,000, and that the State Bridge Commission of West Virginia, which was created by the 1929 session of the West Virginia Legislature, has acquired all right, title, and interest of the Henderson Bridge Co. and proposes to take over and complete the construction of the bridge as a State bridge. Under the West Virginia law the State Bridge Commission is authorized to acquire or construct bridges and operate them as toll bridges until the proceeds of the tolls shall have amortized the cost after meeting necessary repair, maintenance, and operation costs. The extension of time proposed by the pending bill, therefore, is understood by the department to be for the benefit of the State of West Virginia. In view of this fact, the department recommends favorable action on the bill. Sincerely,

R. W. DUNLAP, Acting Secretary. O

BRIDGE ACROSS ST. FRANCIS RIVER AT LAKE CITY,

ARK.

FEBRUARY 13, 1930.- Preferred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed

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

merce, submitted the following

REPORT

(To accompany H. R. 9628)

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 9628) granting the consent of Congress to the State of Arkansas, through its State highway department, to construct, maintain, and operate a free highway bridge across St. Francis River at or near Lake City, Ark., on State Highway No. 18, having considered the same, report thereon with a recommendation that it pass.

This bill provides for a bridge at the same location as provided in H. R. 8132, which 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, January 16, 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. 8132, 71st Čong., 2d sess.) granting the consent of Congress to the State of Arkansas, through its State highway department, to construct a toll bridge across St. Francis River at or near Lake City, Ark., on State Highway No. 18.

PATRICK J. HURLEY,

Secretary of War.

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,

Washington, D. C., January 17, 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. 8132, transmitted with your letter of January 8, with request for a report thereon and such views relative thereto as the department might desire to communicate.

HR-71-2—VOL 2- -22

This bill would authorize the State of Arkansas, through its highway department, to construct, maintain, and operate a bridge and approaches thereto across the St. Francis River at or near Lake City, Ark., on State Highway No. 18. Section 2 of the bill provides that if tolls are charged for the use of the bridge they shall be so adjusted as to yield funds sufficient to meet maintenance, repair, and operation costs; interest on borrowed money required in the construction of the bridge and its approaches; and provide a sinking fund to retire the bonds issued and sold for raising funds with which to construct the bridge. This section contains a provision also that no bonds issued in connection with the construction of the bridge and its approaches shall run for a longer term than 20 years, and that after a fund sufficient to retire such bonds is provided the bridge shall be maintained and operated without toll charges. The location indicated for the proposed bridge is on the system of Federal-aid highways approved for Arkansas. Favorable action on the bill is recommended. Sincerely,

R. W. DUNLAP, Acting Secretary. O

OMNIBUS BRIDGE BILL

FEBRUARY 14, 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. 9806]

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 9806) to authorize the construction of certain bridges and to extend the times for commencing and completing the construction of other bridges over the navigable waters of the United States, having considered the same, report thereon with amendments, and as so amended recommend that it pass.

Amend the bill as follows:

Page 1, line 6, strike out the words “Ten Brook” and insert the word "Tenbrook" in lieu thereof.

Page 2, line 7, strike out the words “Ten Brook” and insert the word "Tenbrook” in lieu thereof; line 20, strike out the words “Ten Brook" and insert the word “Tenbrook” in lieu thereof.

Page 4, line 4, strike out the figure “4” and insert “1 (d)” in lieu thereof.

Page 5, line 1, strike out the words “Ten Brook” and insert the word “Tenbrook” in lieu thereof; line 17, strike out the words "Ten Brook” and insert the word "Tenbrook” in lieu thereof; line 23, strike out the figure "4" and insert "1 (d)” in lieu thereof.

Page 6, line 3, strike out the words "Ten Brook” and insert the word “Tenbrook” in lieu thereof.

Page 8, line 22, strike out the figure “4” and insert “2 (d)” in lieu thereof.

Page 9, line 22, strike out the word “State” and insert the word "States” in lieu thereof.

Page 10, line 16, strike out the figure "4" and insert "2 (d)” in lieu thereof.

Page 13, line 12, strike out the figure “4” and insert “3 (d)” in lieu thereof; line 18, strike out the figure “4” and insert "3 (d)” in lieu thereof.

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