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56 FIFTY-THIRD CONGRESS. Sess. II. Ch. 58. 1894. 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 channel ways provided for in this Act; owns; cm-. and the draw shall be opened promptly upon 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 sun- Lights, sa. rise, throughout the season of navigation, such lights or other signals on said bridge as the Light-House Board may prescribe.

,..,f..1 n,.., Sec. 2. That the bridge built under this Act, and subject to its limi-

•¤" P°°* ’°°*°· tations, shall be a lawful structure, and hall 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 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. unnmacua nm- Sec. 3. That no bridge shall be erected or maintained under the "“"‘· 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 can e such change or alteration of said bridge to be made as will eifectually 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 Hunan said bridge. And in case of any litigation arising from any obstruc- ` tion or alleged obstruction to the free navigation of said river, caused or alleged tobe caused by said bridge, the case maybe 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: rmut. Provided, That nothing in this Act shall be so construed as to repeal Existing inns ···»¤ or modify any of the provisions of law now existing in reference to the "°"'°‘*‘ protection of the navigation of rivers or to exempt said bridge from the operation of the same. us. by .¤... mm. Sec. 4. That all railway companies desiring the use of said bridge v•¤*•‘·*- shall have and be entitled to equal rights and privileges relative to the passage of railway trains over the same, and over the approaches thereto, upon payment of a reasonable compensation for such use. www or wuts Sec. 5. That the bridge authorized to be constructed under this Act •PP'°" ""* °“* 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 Secretary of War, for his examination and approval, a design and drawings of said bridge and a map of the location, giving, tor 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 soundin gs, accurately showing the bed of the stream, the location of any other bridge or bridges, and shall furnish such other information as may be required for a full and satisfactory understanding of the subject; and until the said plan and location of the bridge are approved by the Secretary of War the bridge shall not be built; and should any change be made in the plan of said bridge during the progress of conci»¤¤•· struction, such change shall be subject to the approval of the Secretary of War. And the said structure shall be changed at the cost and expense of the owners thereof, from time to time, as the Secretary of War may direct, so as to preserve the free and convenient navigation of said river, and the authority to erect and continue said bridge shall be subject to revocation by the Secretary of War whenever the public good, in his judgment, so requires.