Code of Virginia - Title 33.1 Highways, Bridges And Ferries - Section 33.1-291 Competing bridges, ferries and tunnels

§ 33.1-291. Competing bridges, ferries and tunnels

No bridge or tunnel other than those specified in § 33.1-268 for the use of the traveling public shall hereafter be constructed and operated by the Commonwealth or by any county, municipal corporation or political subdivision of the Commonwealth, or by any agency or instrumentality, copartnership, association or corporation, within ten miles of any terminus of any project acquired or constructed under the provisions of this article, and no franchise shall hereafter be granted for the operation of a ferry within ten miles of any projects for the acquisition or construction of which revenue bonds shall have been authorized under this article, except under a written permit granted by the Board, which is hereby exclusively authorized to grant such permits under the terms and conditions hereof. No such permit shall be granted by the Board until it shall ascertain by an investigation, including a hearing upon such notice and under such rules as the Board may prescribe that there is an urgent public need for the operation of such bridge, tunnel or ferry and that its operation will not affect the revenues of any such project of the Commonwealth so as to impair the security of any revenue bonds issued for the acquisition or construction of such project.

The distance of ten miles hereinabove mentioned in this section shall be measured in a straight line between the nearest points of such projects. However, nothing in this article shall apply to an existing ferry route, temporarily discontinued, if said ferry was established prior to 1940.

(Code 1950, § 33-251; 1950, p. 147; 1954, c. 319; 1970, c. 322.)

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