BRIDGES AND TUNNELS OVER INTERSTATE BOUNDARIES
                 Act of Jul. 25, 1917, P.L. 1177, No. 404             Cl. 36
               (Act partly repealed July 9, 1919, P.L.814,
                                 No.338)

                                  AN ACT

     Providing for the appointment of a commission to act as a joint
        commission with similar commissions of any other contiguous
        State or States, or as an independent commission, for the
        purpose of planning and accomplishing the erection or
        building of one or more bridges or tunnels, as may be
        suitable and necessary, over or under any navigable stream or
        river which is one of the boundaries of this Commonwealth;
        and providing for the acquisition of ground for the site and
        approaches of said bridge or tunnel, and for the maintenance
        of the same by the county or counties wherein it is located;
        and making an appropriation therefor.

        Section 1.  Be it enacted, &c., That the Governor of the
     Commonwealth of Pennsylvania shall, upon the passage of this
     act, appoint three citizens of this Commonwealth, who shall
     constitute a commission to be known as the Delaware River Bridge
     and Tunnel, and to act, in conjunction with a similar commission
     or commissions of any other State or States contiguous to this
     Commonwealth, as a joint commission for the planning and
     construction of one or more bridges or tunnels, such as may be
     suitable or necessary, to provide passage for traffic over or
     under all navigable streams or rivers which partially bound any
     county or counties of this State, and which streams or rivers
     are boundaries of this State. Said commission may also act as an
     independent commission for said purposes should in the judgment
     of the commission it be convenient or necessary.
        Section 2.  Said commission, acting either as a joint or an
     independent commission, shall have the power and it shall be
     their duty to have prepared the necessary and proper plans for
     the construction of said bridge or tunnel, to select the
     location for the same, to plan and fix the boundaries and
     approaches thereof, to make all necessary estimates of the
     probable cost of its construction and of the acquisition of the
     ground for its site and approaches, to enter into the necessary
     contracts, to build and equip said bridge or tunnel, and to
     obtain the necessary consent of the Government of the United
     States and the approval of the Secretary of War: Provided,
     however, That no contracts shall be entered into, and no expense
     whatsoever incurred, by said commission, unless a previous
     appropriation shall have been made therefor by the General
     Assembly: And provided further, That all moneys expended, or
     appropriated to be expended, for the purposes of this act, shall
     be used and expended under the supervision of said commission:
     And provided further, That the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
     shall not be liable or pay for more than the cost of the
     construction of said bridge or tunnel to the middle of a
     navigable stream.
        Section 3.  The term "cost of construction," as used in this
     act, shall refer only to the cost of constructing the physical
     structure of the bridge or tunnel itself; and shall not refer to
     the cost of the acquisition of the ground for the site of said
     bridge or tunnel and the approaches thereto, which shall be paid
     for at the expense of the county in which said bridge or tunnel
     is to be located. The one-half part of the cost of said bridge
     or tunnel construction shall be paid by the Treasurer of the
     Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, upon warrants drawn by the Auditor
     General, under such conditions as may be prescribed by said
     Auditor General.
        Section 4.  The said commission is also hereby authorized to
     purchase such lands, rights or interests in lands, necessary for
     the building of said bridge or tunnel and the approaches
     thereto, or to acquire the same by condemnation proceedings, in
     the manner provided by the general laws of this Commonwealth
     relating to the condemnation of land for public purposes. The
     cost of said condemnation proceedings, including the court
     costs, compensation of viewers, and the required advertising,
     shall be paid by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. But said
     commission shall have no power to enter into any contracts for
     the purchase of land, rights or interests in land, or of any
     other property, unless a previous appropriation shall have been
     made therefor by the proper officers and officials empowered by
     law to make such appropriation for a municipal or county
     government. Said commission is hereby authorized to accept, on
     behalf of the county or municipality in which said bridge or
     tunnel is to be located, any gifts of lands, rights or interests
     in lands, contiguous or adjacent to said bridge or tunnel, for
     the purpose of building the same, and shall hold the same for
     this purpose until such time as said commission, in their
     judgment, may transfer such lands, rights, or interests to the
     municipality or county in which said bridge or tunnel is to be
     located. Said commission is likewise authorized to accept gifts
     of money or other property for this purpose.
        Section 5.  Upon the completion of said bridge or tunnel, the
     care, charge, control, and the expense of maintenance and
     repairs of the same shall pass to the county or counties of this
     Commonwealth in which said bridge or tunnel and its approaches
     are located. Said commission shall cause to be kept a record of
     all its proceedings, and shall transmit the same in the form of
     a report, together with the plans and specifications and all
     other information or data concerning the cost of construction
     and maintenance of such bridge or tunnel which they have had
     prepared or procured, to the Governor and the General Assembly
     of this Commonwealth at its next session.
        The commission shall not incur any expenses or charges other
     than those necessary for the preparation of the preliminary
     plans, specifications, and estimate of cost, and the
     compensation of those employed for that purpose, and such
     incidental expenses of the commission as may be necessary for
     carrying out the provisions of this act; and such expenses,
     charges, and compensation shall not exceed the sum of fifteen
     thousand dollars, which shall be paid by the State Treasurer,
     from time to time, on warrants drawn by the Auditor General upon
     the presentation to him of specifically itemized vouchers, and
     for which an appropriation is hereby made: Provided, however,
     That the cost of the same shall be borne equally by the county,
     counties, or State with which said bridge or tunnel connects.
     The title, ownership, and control of said bridge or tunnel to
     the middle of the stream, its approaches and the land upon which
     it is situated, shall be vested in the county or municipality in
     which said bridge or tunnel is located. All revenues received
     from rentals from all sources to the connecting point in the
     middle of a stream shall belong exclusively to the county in
     which said bridge or tunnel is located; one-half of the revenues
     from through traffic, if any, shall also belong to the county in
     which said bridge is located.