AUTHORIZING THE DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAYS TO ERECT A BRIDGE
              Act of May 31, (1956) 1955, P.L. 1899, No. 628          Cl. 36
                                  AN ACT

     Authorizing the directing the Department of Highways, with the
        approval of the Governor, to erect and maintain a toll bridge
        over the Ohio River, in Beaver County, between a point in or
        near the Borough of Shippingport to a point in or near the
        Borough of Midland on the opposite side of the Ohio River;
        and to provide the necessary approaches and connections with
        State highways; empowering counties to pay certain damages.

        The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
     hereby enacts as follows:

        Section 1.  The Department of Highways, with the approval of
     the Governor, is hereby authorized and directed to erect and
     construct a bridge over the Ohio River, in Beaver County,
     between a point in or near the Borough of Shippingport to a
     point in or near the Borough of Midland on the opposite side of
     the Ohio River and to acquire the necessary land for approaches
     thereto.
        Upon completion of the bridge, the Department of Highways
     shall operate and maintain the same as a toll bridge and shall
     charge and collect tolls at reasonable rates determined by it,
     until the cost of the bridge, and of operating and maintaining
     it, have been paid.
        Section 2.  In the construction of said bridge and the
     approaches thereto and connections with existing State highways,
     the Department of Highways shall have all of the powers and
     authority conferred with respect to the relocation, widening or
     construction of State highways, including the exercise of the
     power of eminent domain. Any damages sustained by reason of
     taking property in the location, widening or construction of any
     such bridge, the approaches thereto and connections with State
     highways, shall be ascertained in accordance with laws
     applicable to the ascertainment of damages in relocating,
     widening or constructing State highways and such damages, when
     ascertained, shall be paid by the Commonwealth or county or
     counties as may be agreed upon in accordance with the laws
     relating to State highways.
        The Department of Highways shall have authority to make and
     carry out, and to do every other act necessary to carry out, the
     project herein authorized.
        Section 3.  After the cost of construction of such bridge and
     the approaches thereto has been paid, the collection of tolls
     shall cease and the bridge and its approaches shall be
     maintained by the Department of Highways in accordance with
     present or future laws governing the reconstruction and
     maintenance of State highways.
        Section 4.  This act shall take effect immediately.