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165.09 MS 1957 [Renumbered 166.09]
165.09 JOINT ESTABLISHMENT OF BRIDGE OVER NAVIGABLE STREAM.
    Subdivision 1. Joint acquisition, construction, and maintenance. Counties, towns, and
cities interested, jointly or separately, may lease, acquire, construct, reconstruct, improve, and
maintain bridges over any navigable stream and may construct, reconstruct, and maintain suitable
approaches thereto. Such approaches may include the improvement of main highways for a
distance not exceeding ten miles from the bridge.
    Subd. 2. What constitutes interest in bridge. A county, town, or city shall be deemed
interested in bridges located outside of and within three miles of its corporate boundaries as
well as those within or along its boundaries.
    Subd. 3. Bridge over Minnesota River or Mississippi River. Before any bridge is erected
over the Minnesota River or Mississippi River, the location and plan thereof shall be approved by
the commissioner. Bridges over the Minnesota River below the city of Chaska shall be built with
a suitable draw of not less than 80 feet opening or, in lieu of such opening, built at such clear
height above the ordinary high-water stage as will be sufficient to accommodate the ordinary
navigation of the river.
    Subd. 4. Draws opened on reasonable signal. All draws shall be opened on reasonable
signal or notice to allow the passage of vessels.
    Subd. 5. Approval of Secretary of Army. All bridges over navigable waters of the United
States shall receive the approval of the Secretary of Army before construction.
    Subd. 6. Securing free public use of toll bridge. Counties, towns, and cities interested
may secure the free public use of any toll bridge built across any stream in this state. They may
secure the free public use of any bridge by purchase, gift, or eminent domain proceedings
as provided by law.
History: 1959 c 500 art 6 s 9; 1973 c 123 art 5 s 7