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H.R. 1980 (83rd): An Act to authorize and direct the construction of bridges over the Potomac River, and for other purposes

The text of the bill below is as of Aug 30, 1954 (Passed Congress).


68 S T A T . ]        PUBLIC LAW 704-AUG. 30, 1954                                           961

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  a. Section 1 (d) of the Act of December 29,1950 (64 Stat. 1129), is s use io3i(d).
amended by inserting before the period at the end thereof a semicolon
and the following: "when such order was entered by the Atomic Energy
Commission, 'agency' means that Commission".
  b. Section 2 of the Act of Decemjjer 29, 1950 (64 Stat. 1129), is l o u ^ ^ o f Ap-
amended by inserting before the period at the end of the first para- P®"^^' j u ' i s d i c -
graph thereof a comma and the following: "and (d) of the Atomic
Energy Commission made reviewable by section 189 of the Atomic
Energy Act of 1954, as amended".                                       Ante, p . 955.
  SEC. 3. There is hereby retroceded to the State of New Mexico the RNew     Mexico.
                                                                        etrocession.
exclusive jurisdiction heretofore acquired from the State of New
Mexico by the United States of America over the following land of
the United States Atomic Energy Commission in Bernalillo County
and within the boundaries of the Sandia base, Albuquerque, New
Mexico.
  Beginning at the center quarter corner of section 30, township 10
north, range 4 east, New Mexico principal meridian, Bernalillo
County, New Mexico, thence south no degrees twenty-three minutes
thirty seconds west one thousand nine hundred forty-seven and twenty
one-hundredths feet, thence north eighty-nine degrees thirty-six min-
utes forty-five seconds east two thousand sixty-eight and forty one-
hundredths feet, thence north eighty-nine degrees three minutes fif-
teen seconds east five hundred forty-six feet, thence north no degrees
thirty-nine minutes no seconds east two hundred thirty-two and sev-
enty one-hundredths feet, thence north eighty-nine degrees twenty-
one minutes no seconds west eight hundred fifty-two and twenty one-
hundredths feet, thence north no degrees thirty-nine minutes no sec-
onds east five hundred and sixty one-hundredths feet, thence along
the back of the south curb of West Sandia Drive, Sandia Base, Ber-
nalillo County, New Mexico, eight hundred sixty-five and sixty one-
hundredths feet, thence north no degrees thirty-nine minutes no sec-
onds east one thousand three hundred thirty-five and three-tenths feet
to a point south eighty-nine degrees twenty-seven minutes forty-five
seconds west a distance of thirty feet from the quarter corner common
to sections 30 and 29, township 10 north, range 4 east, thence south
eighty-nine degrees, twenty-seven minutes forty-five seconds west two
thousand six hundred twenty-three and forty one-hundredths feet
to the point of beginning.
  This retrocession of jurisdiction shall take effect upon acceptance
by the State of New Mexico.
   Approved August 30, 1954, 9:44 a.m., E.D.T.


 Public Law 704                                            CHAPTER 1074
                                     ' ' ^ ^^^                                   August 30, 1954
 To authorize and direct the construction of bridges over the Potomac River, and  [H. R. 1980]
                               for other purposes.
   Be it enacted hy the Senate and House of Representatives            of the
 United States of America in Congress assembled,                                  Potomac R i v e r
                                                                                bridges.

     TITLE I—BRIDGE I N VICINITY OF CONSTITUTION
                        AVENUE
 That (a) the Commissioners of the District of Columbia are author-
 ized and directed to construct, maintain, and operate a low-level bridge
 over the Potomac River, from the vicinity of Constitution Avenue



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PUBLIC LAW 704-AUG. 30, 1954 [68 STAT, in the District of Columbia to the Virginia side of the Potomac River, such bridge to be constructed north of the Memorial Bridge and south of the southern portion of Theodore Roosevelt Island sometimes referred to as "Small Island", together with bridge approaches and roads connecting such bridge and approaches with streets and park roads in the District of Columbia and with streets and park roads on the Virginia side of the Potomac River: Provided^ That in planning such bridge approaches and connecting roads, the Commissioners shall consult with the National Capital Planning Commission. Pedestrian ac- (b) The Commissioners of the District of Columbia are authorized cess. to construct and maintain a structure to provide pedestrian access from the low-level bridge referred to in subsection (a) of this section to the aforesaid "Small Island": Provided^ That before entering into any contract for such structure providing pedestrian access, the plans therefor shall be approved by the Theodore Roosevelt Association. (c) The Secretary of the Interior is hereby authorized to construct, maintain, and operate a structure connecting the main body of Theo- dore Roosevelt Island and the aforesaid portion thereof referred to as "Small Island" to provide pedestrian access between such islands: Provided, That the plans for such structure connecting such islands shall be subject to the approval of the Theodore Roosevelt Association. Submi s s i o n o f (d) The plans for any bridge or other structure authorized by this plans t o Commis- s i o n of Fine Arts. title shall be submitted to the Commission of Fine Arts for advice with respect to the architectural features of any such bridge or struc- ture, and no contract for the construction thereof may be entered into until this subsection shall have been complied with: Promded, That upon failure of the Commission of Fine Arts to report its advice within ninety days of submission of plans to it, the requirements of this subsection shall be deemed to have been met. Appropriation. (e) Appropriations for construction of the bridge and other struc- tures authorized by this title, payable from the highway fund of the District of Columbia, in amounts not exceeding $24,500,000 are hereby authorized. Transfer of lands SEC. 102. The Federal agencies having control and jurisdiction over by Federal agen- cies. the lands at and adjacent to the ends of the bridge shall transfer to the Commissioners of the District of Columbia, upon their request, the areas to be occupied by said bridge, approaches, and connecting roads, all as shown more particularly on plans of such bridge, approaches, and connecting roads, to be prepared and approved by the Commis- sioners of the District of Columbia and the Bureau of Public Roads, Department of Commerce. Agreement with SEO. 103. The Commissioners of the District of Columbia are author- St»te Highway Commission, Va, ized to enter into an agreement or agreements with the State Highway Commission of Virginia, acting for and on behalf of the Common- wealth of Virginia, for the purpose of providing for cooperation by the State Highway Commission of Virginia, to such extent as the Commissioners of the District of Columbia shall deem necessary, in the construction of said bridge, approaches, and connecting roads, acquisition of land for rights-of-way, contributions toward costs, tem- porary or permanent closing of existing roads, and any other matters relating to the construction of said bridge which the Commissioners of the District of Columbia may consider appropriate. Use of lands for SEC. 104. The Commissioners of the District of Columbia are author- preliminary work. ized to make such use of federally owned and controlled lands at and adjacent to the bridge as may be necessary for making borings, per- forming other preliminary work, routing and rerouting traffic, con- structing said bridge, approaches, and connecting roads, and storing of materials incident to such preliminary work and to actual construction.
68 S T A T . ] PUBLIC LAW 7 0 4 - A U G . 30, 1954 963 SEC. 105. The Commissioners of the District of Columbia are author- etl'^"'' routing, ized and directed to route and reroute and to cause the routing and rerouting of traffic on, and to close or cause to be closed, park roads, streets, and highways under the jurisdiction of the United States, and to negotiate for the closing of roads by agreement with Virginia t authorities, where necessary in connection with the preparation of plans for, and during the actual construction of, said bridge, approaches, and connecting roads. The Commissioners of the District ch^ge^s "in^ p'ar k of Columbia are further authorized to prepare plans for such changes roads, in park roads as they deem necessary to provide maximum efficiency in handling traffic to and from said bridge, and when such plans are approved by the Bureau of Public Roads, to construct roads in con- formity with such approved plans. SEC. 106. (a) The National P a r k Service is authorized and directed pUnui^materiaisf to remove or transplant to other locations any and all planting mate- «*<=• rials within the area to be used for the bridge, approaches, and con- necting roads or for construction purposes, when requested by the Commissioners of the District of Columbia. The Commissioners of the District of Columbia are authorized and directed to regrade the areas involved in the construction of the bridge, approaches, and con- necting roads so as to conform with the plans to be approved by them and the Bureau of Public Roads. (b) Upon completion of said bridge, approaches, and connecting Landscaping, roads and the regrading of the areas, or prior thereto, when authorized by the Commissioners of the District of Columbia and when such operation or operations will not interfere with the construction of said bridge, approaches, and connecting roads, the National Park Service is directed to landscape such areas in accordance with the plans of the National Park Service as may be approved by the Commissioners of the District of Columbia and the Bureau of Public Roads, the cost of said landscaping to be paid out of funds made available for the purposes of this title. SEC. 107. The cost of construction, reconstruction, and repair of all changes."' '°^'^ roads which are changed or made necessary as an incident to the construction of said bridge, approaches, and connecting roads, when approved by the Commissioners of the District of Columbia and the Bureau of Public Roads, shall be paid out of funds made available for construction of said bridge, approaches, and connecting roads. SEC. 108. The right to alter, amend, or repeal this title is hereby expressly reserved. TITLE II—BRIDGE IN VICINITY OF JONES POINT SEC. 201. (a) The Secretary of the Interior (referred to hereinafter as the "Secretary") is authorized and directed to construct, maintain, and operate a six-lane bridge over the Potomac River, from a point at or near Jones Point, Virginia, across a certain portion of the Dis- trict of Columbia, to a point in Maryland, together with bridge approaches on property owned by the United States in the State of Virginia. (b) The bridge shall be of deck girder structure with a swing span structure, having a one-hundred-and-fifty-foot horizontal clearance on each side of the pivot pier and a seventy-foot vertical clearance above mean low water, and shall be constructed in accordance with the provisions of subsection (b) of Section 502 of the "General Bridge Act of 1946," approved August 2, 1946 (60 Stat, 847), as amended, and subject to ^3 use 525. the conditions and limitations in this title. (c) The Secretary shall request recommendations and suggestions mrada^f^nJ**^""^ of the National Capital Planning Commission relative to the design of such bridge and approaches.
964 PUBLIC LAW 70 5-AUG. 30, 1954 [68 STAT. Transfer of lands SEC. 202. (a) Any Federal agency and the District of Columbia b y Federal agen- cies. having control and jurisdiction over any land at or near the site of the bridge shall transfer to the Secretary, upon his request, any sucli lands to be occupied by the bridge or approaches thereto. Land in Mary- (b) The Secretary may acquire by purchase or by condemnation any land, acquisition. land in the State of Maryland, not under Federal or District jurisdic- tion or control, needed for the construction of such bridge, title to such land to be taken directly to and in the name of the United States. In case a price satisfactory to the Secretary cannot be agreed upon for the purchase of such land or in case the title cannot be made satis- factory to the Attorney (xeneral of the United States, then the latter is directed to procure such land by condemnation, and the expenses of procuring evidence of title, or condemnation, or both, shall be paid from funds made available for the purposes of this title. Use of lands for SEC. 203. (a) The Secretary may make such use of lands owned or preliminary work. controlled by the United States, at or adjacent to the site of the bridge, as may be necessary for making borings, performing other prelimi- nary work, routing and rerouting traffic, constructing such bridge, approaches, and connecting roads, and storing materials incident to such preliminary work and to actual construction. Traffic routing, (b) The Secretary may route and reroute and cause the routing etc. and rerouting of traffic on, and close or cause to be closed, streets, roads, and highways under the jurisdiction of the United States, and negotiate for the closing of streets, roads, and highways by contact with Virginia, Maryland, and District authorities, when necessary in connection with the preparation of plans for, and during the actual construction of, the bridge. Approaches, as- SEC. 204. Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, the s u r a n c e s of Va. and Md. Secretary shall not begin construction of the bridge above referred to until the State of Virginia and the State of Maryland have taken such steps as the Secretary deems adequate to give assurances that there will be constructed and maintained, by and in such States, such approaches to such bridge as will be reasonably adequate to make possible the full and efficient utilization of such bridge. Appropriation. SEC. 205. The sum of $14,925,000 is hereby authorized to be appro- priated out of any moneys in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, to carry out the provisions of this title. SEC. 206. The right to alter, amend, or repeal this title is hereby expressly reserved. Approved August 30, 1954. Public Law 705 CHAPTER 1075 , ,„_ JOINT RESOLUTION August 30, 1954 [s. J. Res. 147] To establish the Woodrow Wilson Centennial Celebration Commission, and for other purposes. Resolved hy the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Woodrow Wilson States of America in Congress assembled^ That (a) there is hereby Centennial C e l e - bration C o m m i s- established a commission to be known as the "Woodrow Wilson Cen- sion. tennial Celebration Commission" (hereinafter referred to as the "Com- Establishment. mission") which shall be composed of twelve members as follows: (1) Two members who shall be Members of the Senate, to be ap- pointed by the President of the Senate; (2) Two members who shall be members of the House of Representa- tives, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;