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FIFTY-SIXTH CONGRESS. Sess. I. CH, 388. 1900. 1-73 approaches thereto across the bay, commonly known as the Back Bay, at or near the town of Biloxi, Mississip i, between the said town of Biloxi, situated on the south side of said) bay, to a point on the north side of said bay, said bridge to start at or near what is known as the old ferry point, on the south shore of said bay, running thencenorth twenty-two degrees east to the south side of the channel or to the marsh; thence north nineteen degrees east to mainland, or said location to be selected consistent with the interests of navigation. Said bridge Transit: wu. shall be built to provide for the passage of wagons and vehicles of all kinds, and animals, and for all road travel, for such reasonable rates of ‘ toll and under such reasonable rules and regulations as may be prescribed by the said parties, or their successors and assigns, and to be approved from time to time by the Secretary of War. ‘ · Sec. 2. That said bridge shall not be commenced or built until the Secretary oi War w lans and specifications for its construction have been submitted to the “m”°v° p1'°“" °t°‘ gecretary of War for his approval, nor until he shall a prove the plan and location of said bridge; and if any change be maui; in the lan or changes. construction of said bridge at any time, such change shall be subject to the approval of the Secretary of War; and any change in the construction or any alteration of said bridxgye that may be directed at any time by Congress or the Secretary of ar shall be made at the cost and expense of the owners thereof; that said bridge shall be constructed MN? g}>¤y¤¤¤i¤¤ *0 - .. without interference with the security and convenience of navigation vm ° ` of said bay beyond what is necessary to carry out effectually the rights and privileges hereby granted, and in order to secure that object the said parties shall submit to the Secretary of War, for his examination and approval, a desi n of and drawings of said bridge and accessory works and a map 0% the proposed location, giving, for the pace of three hundred yards above and below such proposed location, the topography of the banks of the bay, with shore lines and soundings _ and irections of currents at medium high-tide water, and such other information as may be required for a full understanding of the subject. Sec. 3. That said bridge shall be built 'as a low bridge, and shall Drewhave one drawspan of such width of opening? as may be prescribed by the Secretary of War, which drawspan s all be maintained over themain channel of said bay at an accessible and navigable point, and the piers of said bridge at said channel·shall be parallel wit , and the bridge itself at right angles to, the current of said channel. Said drawspan shall be opene promptly by said parties or their successors - and assi ns, upon reasonable signal, for the passage of boats and rafts: Pmcideigl, That the said arties, or their successors and assigns, shall, gqvgvvh a { at their own ex ense, under the direction and supervision of the Secre— eimi‘iw1.° °°° ° tary of War, wllhen so required, do and perform such necessary work to maintain the channel within the drawspan of said bridge, and shall, at their own expense, maintain a depth of _ water through said span not less than now existin , as shown by the records of the ar Department: Ami pmvideg further, That said parties, or their suc- mgim. cessors and assigns, shall maintain, at their own expense, from sunset to sunrise, such lights or other . ignals on said bridge as the Light- House Board shalfprescribe. Sec. 4. That any bridge built under this Act and subject to its mfg&§1{,$s'{‘§0gj;**°· limitations shall be a lawful structure, and shall be recognized and ` known 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 munitions of war of the United States than the rate per mile or the transportation over the public highways leadingl to the said bridge, and it shall enjoy the rights and privileges of other post roads in e Ugted · C K I h ‘ ht lm 1 Ame dment Ec. 5. at on ess reserves the rig to a r amen , or re ea “E · _ ’ this Act, and the Secigtary of War, whenever he shall’deem it necessgry, tidingigig. M obstmc