AUTHORIZING THE DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAYS TO CONSTRUCT A HIGHWAY AND A
                                  BRIDGE
                 Act of Jul. 26, 1961, P.L. 873, No. 378              Cl. 36
                                  AN ACT

     Authorizing the Department of Highways, with the approval of the
        Governor, to construct a highway and to erect and maintain a
        bridge over the Schuylkill River, in Montgomery County,
        between a point in the Borough of Norristown and a point in
        the Borough of Bridgeport or a township adjacent thereto, and
        to provide the necessary approaches and connections with
        State highways; empowering the county to pay certain damages;
        and making an appropriation therefor.

        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 to construct a highway and to
     erect and construct a bridge over the Schuylkill River, in
     Montgomery County, between a point in the Borough of Norristown
     on the north bank of the Schuylkill River and a point in the
     Borough of Bridgeport or a township adjacent thereto on the
     south bank of the Schuylkill River. The Department of Highways
     shall determine the exact location of the bridge and may acquire
     the necessary land for the approaches thereto.
        Section 2.  In the construction of the 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 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 completion of such bridge and the
     approaches thereto, they shall be reconstructed and maintained
     by the Department of Highways in accordance with present or
     future laws governing the reconstruction and maintenance of
     State highways.
        Section 4.  So much of the money in the Motor License Fund
     from time to time as may be needed to carry out the provisions
     of this act, but not in excess of three million dollars
     ($3,000,000), is hereby specifically appropriated to the
     Department of Highways for such purposes.
        Section 5.  The Department of Highways shall begin the
     preparation of the plans and specifications for the construction
     of the bridge herein mentioned by October 15, 1961.