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BRIDGE ACROSS THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT

ST. LOUIS, MO.

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

Mr. O'BRIEN, from the Committee on Interstate and Foreign

Commerce, submitted the following

REPORT

[To accompany H. R. 7620)

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 7620) to extend the times for commencing and completing the construction of a bridge across the Mississippi River at or near a point between Morgan and Wash Streets in the city of St. Louis, Mo., and a point opposite thereto in the city of East St. Louis, Ill., having considered the same, report thereon with & recommendation that it pass with the following amendment:

Page 1, line 4, after the word “River” insert a comma.

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

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WAR DEPARTMENT, April 29, 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. 7620, Seventy-fourth Congress, first session, to extend the times for

commencing and completing the construction of a bridge across the Mississippi River at or near a point between Morgan and Wash Streets in the city of St. Louis, Mo., and a point opposite thereto in the city of East St. Louis, ill.

Geo. H. DERN, Secretary of War.

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,

Washington, D. C., May 2, 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. 7620, transmitted with your letter of April 24 with request for a report thereon and such views relative thereto as the Department might desire to communicate.

H. Repts., 74–1, vol. 275

This bill would extend for 1 and 3 years, respectively, from May 3, 1935, the times for commencing and completing the construction of the bridge across the Mississippi River from at or near a point between Morgan and Wash_Streets in the city of St. Louis, Mo., to a point opposite in the city of East St. Louis, Ill., authorized by act of Congress approved May 3, 1934. Favorable action on the bill is recommended. Sincerely yours,

M. L. WILSON, Acting Secretary.

CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES,

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

Washington, D. C., April 26, 1935. ELTON J. LAYTON, Clerk Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee,

House Office Building. MY DEAR MR. LAYTON: In reference to H. R. 7620, I beg to submit the following information. The construction of this project awaits favorable action by the Public Works Administration. The application is considerably advanced and officials of the city of East St. Louis have expressed confidence that the decision of the P. W. A. will be announced shortly and that it will be favorable.

The committee is in shape to proceed immediately with the construction upon approval of their application by the P. W. A. All other plans have been completed and the application for Government aid is in the final stages of consideration, With kindest regards, I am, Very truly yours,

EDWIN M. SCHAEFER, M. C.

(PUBLIC_No. 197—73D CONGRESS)

(H. R. 7803] AN AOT authorizing the city of East Saint Louis, Illinois, to construct, maintain, and operate a toll bridgo across the Mississippi River at or near a point between Morgan and Wash Streets in the city of Saint Louis, Missouri, and a point opposite thereto in the city of East Saint Louis, Illinois

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That in order to facilitate interstate commerce, improve the postal service, and provide for military and other purposes, the city of East Saint Louis, Illinois, be, and is hereby, authorized to construct, maintain, and operate a bridge and approaches thereto across the Mississippi River, at a point suitable to the interests of navigation, at or near a point between Morgan and Wash Streets in the city of Saint Louis, Missouri, and a point opposite thereto in the city of East Saint Louis, Illinois, in accordance with the provisions of the Act entitled "An Act to regulate the construction of bridges over navigable waters”, approved March 23, 1906, and subject to the conditions and limitations contained in this Act.

SEC. 2. There is hereby conferred upon the city of East Saint Louis, Illinois, all such rights and powers to enter upon land and to acquire, condemn, occupy, possess, and use real estate and other property needed for the location, construction, maintenance, and operation of such bridge and its approaches as are possessed by railroad corporations for railroad purposes or by bridge corporations for bridge purposes in the State in which such real estate or other property is situated, upon making just compensation therefor, to be ascertained and paid according to the laws of such State, and the proceedings therefor shall be the same as in the condemnation or expropriation of property for public purposes in such State.

Sec. 3. The said city of East Saint Louis, Illinois, is hereby authorized to fix and charge tolls for transit over such bridge and the rates of toll so fixed shall be the legal rates until changed by the Secretary of War under the authority contained in the Act of March 23, 1906.

Sec. 4. In fixing the rates of toll to be charged for the use of such bridge the same shall be so adjusted as to provide a fund sufficient to pay for 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 such bridge and its approaches, including reasonable interest and financing cost, as soon as possible, under reasonable charges, but within a period not to exceed thirty 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 cost 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.

Sec. 5. The right to alter, amend, or repeal this Act is hereby expressly reserved. Approved, May 3, 1934.

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