Ruling on Lowering Water Mains in Washington
A ruling has been made by Comptroller of the Treasury Warwick that the Washington, D. C., District Water Department must bear the expense of lowering the water mains on the new Pennsylvania avenue bridge because of the transfer of the Capital Traction Company’s tracks to the structure. He held that the railway company must pave the space between its tracks and two feet additional on either side, from Twenty-sixth and Pennsylvania avenue to Twenty-ninth street. The case was submitted to the Comptroller by the District Commissioners because the transfer of the company’s tracks from the M street bridge to the new structure will place the electric conduits dangerously near the water mains across the new bridge. The commissioners believed the company should bear the expense of moving the mains further from the electric conduits. The Comptroller, however, held that the company did not wish to move its conduits, but was required by act of Congress to do so, and that any expense attending the removal of the water mains must be borne by the Water Department.