The construction of more than 80 privately owned toll bridges crossing navigable rivers or other waterways under federal jurisdiction has been authorized by the Seventieth Congress since its first session began on December 5, 1927. During the same period, Congress has given its consent to the construction by state or local governments of about 60 other toll bridges. The volume of toll bridge legislation enacted since 1927 greatly exceeds the number of such bills passed at any previous Congress.
The increase in the number of toll bridges authorized has been accompanied by proposals—both in Congress and on the part of organisations interested in the use of highways—for greater restrictions upon toll bridge companies and upon public authorities operating such structures. The proponents of stricter regulation ...