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BRIDGE ACROSS THE OHIO RIVER AT WELLSBURG, W. VA.

May 29, 1935.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed

Mr. CROSSER of Ohio, from the Committee on Interstate and Foreign

Commerce, submitted the following

REPORT

[To accompany H. R. 7807)

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 7807) authorizing the Brookewell Bridge Co., its successors and assigns, to construct, maintain, and operate a bridge across the Ohio River at or near Wellsburg, W. Va., having considered the same report thereon with a recommendation that it pass, with the following amendments:

Page 3, line 13, strike out the word "goodwill ” and insert in lieu thereof the words “good will”.

Page 3, line 19, strike out the word “centum" and insert in lieu thereof the word "cent”.

The bill has the approval of the War Department, as will appear by the letter attached on a similar bill.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

February 1, 1935. 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. 4530, Seventy-fourth Congress, first session, authorizing the Brookewell Bridge Co. to construct, maintain, and operate a toll bridge across the Ohio River at or near Wellsburg, W. Va.

Geo. H. DERN, Secretary of War.

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,

Washington, D. C., February 5, 1935. 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. 4530, transmitted with your letter of January 28 with request for a report thereon and such views relative thereto as the Department might desire to communicate.

This bill would create the Brookewell Bridge Co. and grant to such company, its successors and assigns, the authority to construct, maintain, and operate a bridge and approaches thereto across the Ohio River at or near Wellsburg, W. Va. The location indicated for the proposed bridge would constitute a connection across the Ohio River between routes on the systems of Federal-aid highways approved for the States of Ohio and West Virginia, the same being United States Highway No. 22.

The proposed company would be composed of seven citizens of Brooke County, W. Va., the mayor of the city of Wellsburg and his successors in office, and the president of the county court of Brooke County, W. Va., and his successors in office. Neither the State of Ohio nor any subdivision thereof would have any representative on the personnel of said company nor would any citizens of Ohio be included in such personnel. Said company furthermore would be composed of only two public officials and seven private citizens with authority vested in the company to fill any vacancy which may occur in its personnel by a majority vote of the members thereof. It is the view of the Department, therefore, that a company so constituted is essentially a private concern, and that the construction and operation of the proposed bridge by such company would be essentially a private enterprise.

The Department is of the opinion that a private toll bridge should not be constructed at the point proposed on this interstate route on the system of Federal-aid highways. It, therefore, recommends against favorable action on the bill. Sincerely yours,

H. A. WALLACE, Secretary: O

BRIDGE ACROSS THE BLACK RIVER AT POPLAR BLUFF,

MO.

May 29, 1935.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed

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

merce, submitted the following

REPORT

[To accompany H. R. 7575)

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 7575) to legalize a bridge across Black River, on United States Highway No. 60, in the town of Poplar Bluff, Butler County, Mo., having considered the same, report thereon with a recommendation that it do pass.

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

WAR DEPARTMENT, April 11, 1935. 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 objection to the favorable consideration of the accompanying bill, H. R. 7233, Seventy-fourth Congress, first session, granting the consent of Congress to the Missouri State Highway Commission to construct a free highway bridge across Black River on United States Highway No. 60, in the town of Poplar Bluff, Butler Couhty, Mo., if amended as indicated.

Douglas MACARTHUR,

Acting Secretary of War.

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,

Washington, D. C., April 16, 1935. 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. 7233, transmitted with your letter of April 6, with request for a report thereon and such views relative thereto as the Department might desire to communicate.

This bill would authorize the State Highway Commission of Missouri to construct, maintain, and operate a free highway bridge and approaches thereto across the Black River, on United States Highway No. 60, in the town of Poplar Bluff, Mo. Favorable action on the bill is recommended. Sincerely yours,

R. G. TUGWELL,

Acting Secretary. O

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