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FORTY-NINTH CONGRESS. Sess. Il. Ch. 337. 1887. 473 feet, measured to the lowest part of the span, above local highest water thus far known, as determined by the United States engineers, and shall be at least ninety feet above low water in bridges built at or near the mouth of the river, and seventy-tive feet above low water in bridges built at or near (Jharlston, West Virginia. Sec. 3. That any persons or corporations authorized to construct a N,,,;,,,,,,, b,, pub, bridge across the Great Kanawha River shall give notice by publica- lished. tion for two weeks in newspapers having a wide circulation, in not less than two newspapers in each of the cities of Louisville, Kentucky; Cincinnati, Ohio; Gallipolis, Ohio, and Uharleston, West Virginia, and shall submit to the Secretary of War, for his examination, a design Plum Bm who and drawings of the bridge and piers, and a map of the location, giving, ,;,,1,.,,;;,;},.; {5 Su,- for the space of at least one mile above and one mile below the proposed mary of War. location, the topography of the banks of the river and the shore-lines at high and low water. This map shall be accompanied by others, drawn to a scale of one inch to two hundred feet, giving, for a space of one half a mile above the line of the proposed bridge and a quarter of a mile below, an accurate representation of the bottom of the river by contour-lines two feet apart, determined by accurate soundings, and also showing over the whole width of this part of the river the force and direction of the currents at low-water and at high towing stages, by triangulated observations on suitable floats. The maps shall also show the locations of other bridge , locks, and dams, coal·tipples, cribs, and all public and private structures in the vicinity inside of high-water lines, and shall give such other information as the Secretary `of War may require for afull and satisfactory understanding of the subject. Said maps and drawings shall be referred to a board of Board of enginengineerofficers forexamination and report, which board shall personally °°$’ ‘° ‘_:‘“'”'“° examine the site of the proposed bridge, and shall hold a public session °° r°p° ' at some convenient point to hear all objections thereto, of which public session due notice and invitation to be present shall be given to all interested parties; and if said board of engineer officers report that the site is unfavorable, the Secretary of War shall be authorized, on the recommendation of said board, to order such changes in the bridge or its piers, or such guiding-dikes or other auxiliary works, as may be necessary for the security of navigation; and such changes or additions shall _ be made at the expense of the owners of said bridge.; and the proposed Ap,,,.,,,,,; of Sw bridge shall only be a legal structure when built as approved by the retary of War. Secretary of War. Sec. 4. That all parties owning, occupying, or operating bridges Lights, etc. over the Great Kanawha River shall maintain, for the security of navigation, at their own expense, from sunset to sunrise, throughout the year, such lights on their bridges as may be required by the Light- House Board or the United States engineer otllcer in ,charge of said river; and during the construction of any bridge under this act, such lights and buoys shall be kept on coffer-dams, cribs, piles of stone, floating crafts, rafts, and so forth, used in the construction of the bridge, as may be necessary for the security of navigation. Sec. 5. That the officers and crews of all vessels, boats, or rafts navi- Vessels not toingating the Great Kanawha River are required to regulate the use of terfvrq with ¤¤¤· the said vessels, and of any pipes or chimneys belonging thereto, so as °“"'°°’°¤· not to interfere with the construction of any of the bridges authorized by the provisions of this act. Sec. 6. That any bridge constructed under this act and according to Tg i,, lgwfu i its limitations shall be a lawful structure, and shall be recognized and struc tures and known as a post-route, upon which also no higher charge shall be made P°¤*r'°°*°°· 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 railroads or public highways leading to the said bridge; and the United States shall have the right of way for telegraph or telephone purposes across any such bridge; and in case of any Litigation. litigation arising from any alleged obstruction to the navigation of said