CHAPTER 603

FORMERLY HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION.

NO. 11

REQUESTING THE GOVERNOR TO REQUEST AN OPINION FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAYS AND TRANSPORTATION ON MATTERS PERTAINING TO THE CHESAPEAKE AND DELAWARE CANAL AND THE ST. GEORGES BRIDGE.

WHEREAS, it has been brought to the attention of the members of the Delaware General Assembly that the Corps of Engineers plan a long closing of the St. Georges Bridge for repairs; and

WHEREAS, members of the Delaware State Highway Department are deeply concerned over a prolonged closing; and

WHEREAS, the planned closing will not only cause inconvenience to the residents of this State, but increased costs as well; and

WHEREAS, residents of this State have been informed of a long standing obligation of the owners of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal to maintain adequate crossings at the canal; and

WHEREAS, there is some doubt that the St. Georges Bridge will meet the traffic needs of this State for years to come.

NOW THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the 126th General Assembly, the Senate concurring therein, that the Governor of this State proceed immediately with the following:

I. Request the Attorney General of the State of Delaware to give his opinion as to the legal obligation, according to the original canal agreement, of the Corps of Engineers to not only maintain but to construct additional crossings at the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.

for the closing of the main artery of this State by the Corps of. Engineers including:

(a) Detour lighting and signs

(b) Necessary detour road reconstruction

(c) Additional school bussing costs

3. Make a formal appeal to the elected delegation of the State of Delaware in Washington, D.C. to request the Corps of Engineers to replace the sidewalk on the St. Georges Bridge if its removal is planned.

4. Request the elected delegation of the State of Delaware to ascertain if the last repair on the St. Georges Bridge during 1964 was inadequate or improperly done and to identify the firms receiving contracts for the latest reconstruction.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this Resolution be forwarded to the Attorney General of the State of Delaware, the Secretary of the Department of Highways and Transportation, the United States Senators, J. Caleb Boggs and William V. Roth, Jr., respectively and United States Representative Pierre S. duPont, IV.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Governor is requested to make public the opinion requested from the Attorney General and the financial report of the Secretary of the Department of Highways and Transportation as to the additional cost to our State.

Approved March 18,1971.