Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Section 1 of chapter 634 of the acts of 1971, as most recently amended by section 1 of chapter 425 of the acts of 1986, is hereby further amended by inserting after the second paragraph the following paragraph:-
The city, town, county or other public entity which controls the public way at the approaches to the removed bridge may request in writing that the department construct a culvert-type passageway sufficient for pedestrians and bicyclists under the said roadway, and the department may construct such passageway; provided, however, that upon completion of the construction of said roadway and passageway, the title to such passageway shall vest in and the maintenance of such passageway shall be the responsibility of the city, town, county or other public entity which requested the department to construct such passageway.
SECTION 2. The construction by the department, acting on behalf of the commonwealth, of any culvert-type passageway sufficient for pedestrians and bicyclists under a roadway as authorized by section one between November seventh, nineteen hundred and eighty-six and March first, nineteen hundred and ninety-one, is hereby ratified, and the title to such passageway is hereby vested in and the maintenance of such passageway is hereby declared to be the responsibility of the city, town, county or other public entity which has title to the roadway and fill which replaced the bridge.