AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF LAREDO, TEXAS, TO CONSTRUCT, OPERATE AND MAINTAIN AN INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE, ITS APPROACHES AND FACILITIES AT THE INTERNATIONAL BOUNDARY BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND MEXICO
By virtue of the authority vested in me as Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs under Executive Order 11423, 33 Fed. Reg. 11741 (1968); as amended by Executive Order 12847 of May 17, 1993, 58 Fed. Reg. 29511 (1993); the International Bridge Act of 1972 (86 Stat. 731; 33 U.S.C. § 535 et. seq.); and Department of State Delegation of Authority number 118-1 of April 11, 1973; having considered the environmental effects of the proposed action in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (83 Stat. 852; 42 U.S.C. § 4321 et. seq.) and other statutes related to environmental concerns; having considered the proposed action in accordance with the National Historic Preservation Act (80 Stat. 917, 16 U.S.C. § 470f et. seq.), and having requested and received the views of various of the Federal Departments and other interested persons; I hereby grant permission, subject to the conditions herein set forth, to the City of Laredo, Texas (hereinafter referred to as "permittee") to construct, operate and maintain an international vehicular and pedestrian bridge between Laredo, Webb County, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, approximately 9.35 river miles north of Laredo International Bridge I, at 99 degrees, 32 minutes, 10 seconds longitude West, and 27 degrees, 35 minutes, 49 seconds latitude North. The bridge will be known as the Laredo Northwest International Bridge (Bridge IV).
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The term "facilities" as used in this permit means the bridge, its approaches and any land, structure or installations appurtenant thereto.
The term "United States facilities" as used in this permit means that part of the facilities in the United States.
This permit is subject to the following conditions:
Article 1. The United States facilities herein described, and all aspects of their operation, shall be subject to the conditions, provisions and requirements of this permit or any amendment thereof; further that this permit may be terminated at the will of the Secretary of State or the Secretary's delegate or may be amended by the Secretary of State or the Secretary's delegate at will or upon proper application therefor; further that the permittee shall make no substantial change in the location of the United States facilities or in the operation authorized by this permit until such changes have been approved by the Secretary of State or the Secretary's delegate.
Article 2. (1) Standards for, and manner of, the construction, operation and maintenance of the United States facilities shall be subject to inspection and approval by the representatives of appropriate Federal or State agencies. The permittee shall allow duly authorized officers and employees of such agencies free and unrestricted access to said facilities in the performance of their official duties.
(2) Approval of the Secretary of Transportation shall be obtained prior to initiation of construction, in conformity with the first section of the Act of March 23, 1906 (33 U.S.C. § 491) and Section 5 of the International Bridge Act of 1972 (33 U.S.C. § 535c).
Article 3. The permittee shall comply with all Federal and State laws and regulations regarding the construction, operation and maintenance of the United States facilities, and with all applicable industrial codes.
Article 4. Upon the termination, revocation or surrender of this permit, and unless otherwise agreed by the Secretary of State or the Secretary's delegate, the United States facilities in the immediate vicinity of the international boundary shall be removed by and at the expense of the permittee within such time as the Secretary of State or the Secretary's delegate may specify, and upon failure of the permittee to remove this portion of the United States facilities as ordered, the Secretary of State or the Secretary's delegate may direct that possession of such facilities be taken and that they be removed at the expense of the permittee; and the permittee shall have no claim for damages by reason of such possession or removal.
Article 5. If, in the future, it should appear to the Secretary of Transportation that any facilities or operations permitted hereunder cause unreasonable obstructions to the free navigation of any of the navigable waters of the United States, the permittee may be required, upon notice from the Secretary of Transportation, to remove or alter such of the facilities as are owned by it so as to render navigation through such waters free and unobstructed.
Article 6. This permit and the operation of the United States facilities hereunder shall be subject to the regulations issued by any competent agency of the United States Government, including but not limited to the Department of Transportation and the United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC). This permit shall continue in force and effect only so long as the permittee shall continue the operations hereby authorized in exact accordance with such limitations, terms and conditions.
Article 7. When, in the opinion of the President of the United States, the national security of the United States demands it, due notice being given by the Secretary of State or the Secretary's delegate, the United States shall have the right to enter upon and take possession of any of the United States facilities or parts thereof; to retain possession, management or control thereof for such length of time as may appear to the President to be necessary; and thereafter to restore possession and control to the permittee. In the event that the United States shall exercise such right, it shall pay
to the permittee just and fair compensation for the use of such United States facilities upon the basis of a reasonable profit in normal conditions, and the cost of restoring said facilities to as good condition as existed at the time of entering and taking over the same, less the reasonable value of any improvements that may have been made by the United States.
Article 8. In the event of transfer of the United States facilities or any part thereof, this permit shall continue in effect temporarily for a reasonable time pending submission of a proper identification by the transferee for a new and permanent permit, provided that notice of such transfer is given promptly in writing to the Department of State accompanied by a statement by the transferee under oath that the United States facilities and the operation and maintenance thereof authorized by this permit will remain substantially the same as before the transfer pending issuance to the transferee of a new and permanent permit.
Article 9. (1) The permittee shall acquire such right-of-way grants, easements, permits and other authorizations as may become necessary and appropriate.
(2) The permittee shall save harmless the United States from any claimed or adjudged liability arising out of the construction, completion or maintenance of the facilities.
(3) The permittee shall maintain the United States facilities and every part thereof in a condition of good repair for their safe operation.
Article 10. The permittee shall provide to the General Services Administration (GSA), at no cost to the Federal government, a site that is adequate and acceptable to GSA on which to construct border station facilities at the United States terminal of the bridge. The permittee shall fully comply with all National Environmental Policy Act and National Historic Preservation Act mitigation provisions and stipulations for transfer of the site to the General Services Administration.
Article 11. The permittee shall take all appropriate measures to prevent or mitigate adverse environmental impacts or disruption of significant archaeological resources in connection with the construction, operation and maintenance of the United States facilities. The permittee shall submit to the United States Section of the IBWC the plans approved by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission for sewage collection and treatment facilities, and their discharge limitations, along with any plans approved by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission regarding water rights for water diversion facilities in the Rio Grande.
Article 12. The permittee shall submit to the U.S. Commissioner, IBWC, for review by the IBWC any conceptual and final levee relocation plan which may form a part of the international bridge proposal. The permittee shall comply with any appropriate changes required by the IBWC and also arrange for transfers of lands, rights-of-way and other works proposed as part of the new bridge construction and levee relocation plan.
Article 13. (1) The permittee shall designate the United States Facilities as a pedestrian and commercial vehicular crossing only and shall route all commercial vehicular traffic from the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge and the Laredo International Bridge (hereinafter "the downtown bridges") to the United States facilities authorized in this permit or to the United States facilities at the Laredo-Colombia Solidarity Bridge (hereinafter "Colombia").
(2) The permittee shall route all hazardous materials from the downtown bridges to the United States facilities at Colombia, where the U.S. Customs Service maintains a hazardous materials containment facility.
(3) The permittee acknowledges that the United States facilities may need to be expanded to accommodate non-commercial traffic in the future. The permittee further acknowledges that any decision to open the United States facilities to non-commercial vehicular traffic shall be coordinated among the permittee and the appropriate federal agencies.
Article 14. The permittee shall notify the United States Coast Guard if before or during construction historic or archaeological properties are located and, if construction has already started, will cease construction immediately. The permittee acknowledges that historic and archaeological properties are protected under 49 U.S.C., Section 303 (formerly 4(f)) and the permittee shall prepare a Section 4(f) statement if the United States facilities will have an effect on any historic or archaeological properties.
Article 15. The permittee shall comply with all agreed actions and obligations undertaken to be performed by it in the Application and Environmental Assessment dated February 1994, and the City's letter dated August 26, 1994. Construction of the United States facilities shall be performed in conformity with the proposal contained in the Application and Environmental Assessment dated February 1994, and the City's letter dated August 26, 1994.
Article 16. The permittee shall file with the appropriate agencies of the Government of the United States such statements or reports under oath with respect to the United States facilities, and/or permittee's actions in connection therewith, as are now or may hereafter be required under any laws or regulations of the Government of the United States or its agencies.
Article 17. The permittee shall send notice to the Department of State at such time as the construction authorized by this permit is begun, and again at such time as construction is completed, interrupted or discontinued.
IN WITNESS THEREOF, I, Joan E. Spero, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs, have hereunto set my hand this 7 day of October, 1994, in the City of Washington, District of Columbia.
/s/ Joan E. Spero