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54 STAT.] 76TH CONG. , 3D SESS.-CHS. 794, 795-OCT. 9 , 1940 [CHAPTER 794] AN ACT To authorize the maintenance and operation of fish hatcheries in connection with the Grand Coulee Dam project. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That, in connection with fish hatcheries built or to be built as a part of the fish-protection program required on the Grand Coulee Dam project, the Secretary of the Interior is authorized to contract with the State of Washington for the maintenance and operation of any of them at the expense of said State. Approved, October 9, 1940. [CHAPTER 795] AN ACT Authorizing the Indiana State Toll Bridge Commission to construct, maintain, and operate a toll bridge across the Wabash River at or near Mount Vernon, Posey County, Indiana. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That in order to promote interstate commerce, improve the Postal Service, and pro- vide for military and other purposes, the Indiana State Toll Bridge Commission is hereby authorized to construct, maintain, and operate a bridge and approaches thereto across the Wabash River, at a point suitable to the interests of navigation, at or near Mount Vernon, Posey County, Indiana, 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 Indiana State Toll Bridge Commission all such rights and powers to enter upon lands 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 corpora- tions 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 Indiana State Toll Bridge Commission 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 oper- ating 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 financ- ing cost, as soon as possible, under reasonable charges, but within a period of not to exceed twenty 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. 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. October 9, 1940 [H. R. 9921] [Public, No. 826] Grand Coulee Dam project. Maintenance of fish hatcheries. October 9, 1940 [H. R . 9952] [Public, No. 827] Wabash River. Bridge authorized across, at Mount Ver- non, Ind. 34 Stat. 84. 33U. S.C.§§491- 498. Right to acquire real estate, etc. Toll charge. Application of tolls to operation, sinking fund, etc. Maintenance as free bridge after amortiz- ing costs, etc. Record of expendi- tures and receipts. 1085