Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 28.djvu/92

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FIFTY-THIRD CONGRESS. Sisss. Il. (JH. 62. 1894. 63 to the lowest part of the superstructure of said bridge; and said span shall have a clear opening of at least two hundred and fifty feet between the piers, measured at right angles to the current, and shall be over the main channel of the river, and the bridge shall be at right angles to, and the piers parallel with, the current of the river. And if the bridge over the said river shall be constructed as a draw or pivot Dmw bridge. bridge the draw or pivot pier shall be over the main channel of the river at an accessible navigable point, and the openings on each side ` of the pivot pier shall not be less than one hundred and thirty feet in the clear, unless otherwise expressly directed by the Secretary of War. and, if so directed, shall be according to such direction, and the said openings shall be accessible at all stages of water, and the spans shall be not less than ten feet above extreme high water, as understood at the point of location, to the lowest part of the superstructure of the bridge, and the piers and draw rests shall be parallel with and the bridge at right angles to the current of the river; and no riprap or other outside protection for imperfect foundations shall be permitted to approach nearer than four feet to the surface of the water. at its extreme low stage, or otherwise to encroach upon the channelways provided for in this Act; and the draw shall be opened promptly upon <>v¤¤i¤z ·i¤····- reasonable signal for the passing of boats; and whatever kind of bridge shall be constructed said company shall maintain, at its own expense, from sunset till sunrise thoroughout the season of navigation, such lights or other signals on said bridge as the Light-House Board may Liam- M- prescribe. ‘ Sec. 2. That the bridge built under this Act, and subject to its limi- {-i¤wf¤\ ¤¤r¤¤¤¤¤¤ tations, shall be a lawful structure, and shall be recognized and known °° pm '°"°°` as a post route, upon which also no higher charge shall be made for the transmission over the same of the mails, the troops, and the munitions . of War of the United States than the rate per mile paid for the transportation over the railroad or public highways leading to the said bridge; and it shall enjoy the rights and privileges of other post-roads in the United States. Sec. 3. That no bridge shall be erected or maintained under the g“E*,]:"°"""‘“" '"“"‘ authority of this Act which shall at any time substantially or materially " obstruct the free navigation of said river; and if the bridge erected under such authority shall, in the opinion of the Secretary of War, obstruct such navigation, he is hereby authorized to cause such change or alteration of said bridge to be made as will eflectually obviate such obstruction; and all such alterations shall be made and all such obstructions be removed at the expense of the owner or owners of said bridge. And in case of any litigation arising from any obstruction or ¥·*¤s•¤·>¤· alleged obstruction to the free navigation of said river, caused or • alleged to be caused by said bridge, the case may be brought in the district court of the United States for the State of Arkansas, in whose jurisdiction any portion of said obstruction or bridge may be located: Provided, That nothing in this Act shall be so construed as to repeal *f"{‘"¥°· _ t or modify any of the provisions of law now existing in reference to the ,£1§‘{§,iT”g L"`" "° protection of the navigation of rivers or to exempt said bridge from y the operation of the same. Um, l,,. .,,.,,, ..0,,,. SEO. 4. That all railway companies desiring the use of said bridge p¤¤·i<·¤- shall have and be entitled to equal rights and privileges relative to the plassage of railway trains over the same, and overf the alpproaches t ereto upon pa *ment of a reasonable compensation or suc use. , 0 Sec. That the bridge authorized to be constructed under this Act ¤p:i—°»r»?ii";hi»¤·iviK:Tt° shall be built and located under and subject to such regulations for the security of navigation of said river as the Secretary of War shall prescribe; and to secure that object the said company or corporation shall submit to the Secretaryof War, for his examination and approvaha design and drawings of said bridge and a map of the location, giving for the space of one mile above and one mile below the proposed location, the topography of the banks of the river, the shore lines at high and low water, the direction and strength of the currents at all stages, and the