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BRIDGE. A building constructed over a river, creek, or other stream, or ditch or other place, in order to facilitate the passage over the same. 3 Harr. 108.
     2. Bridges are of several kinds, public and private. Public bridges may be divided into, 1st. Those which belong to the public; as state, county, or township bridges, over which all the people have a right to pass, with or without paying toll these are built by public authority at the public expense, either of the state itself, or a district or part of the state.
     3. - 2d. Those which have been built by companies, or at the expense of private individuals, and over Which all the people have a right to pass, on the payment of a toll fixed by law. 3d. Those which have been built by private individuals and which have been dedicated to public uses. 2 East, R. 356; 5 Burr. R. 2594; 2 Bl. R. 685 1 Camp. R. 262, n.; 2 M. & S. 262.
     4. A private bridge is one erected for the use of one or more private persons; such a bridge will not be considered a public bridge, although it may be occasionally used by the public. 12 East, R. 203-4. Vide 7 Pick. R. 844; 11 Pet. R. 539; 7 N. H. Rcp. 59; 1 Pick. R. 432; 4 John. Ch. R. 150.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Transport Scotland said: "The defect which has resulted in the closure of the Forth Road Bridge was identified in the last few weeks.
is must be completed before the old bridge can be demolished and work starts on the new road bridge."
The current road bridge, which opened in 1964, has massive structural problems and could be closed to heavy vehicles by 2013.
Warwickshire police spokeswoman Di Houlder said of the latest find: "The shell was found by divers close to the Willes Road bridge.
Norham Road Bridge in North Shields, which runs over the A1058 Coast Road, will be shut for around a year.
Scottish Labour deputy leader Rowley said: "The SNP can't continue to hide behind spin on the Forth Road Bridge.
Mark Tarry, route managing director for Network Rail, said: "The improvements to St James' Road bridge will mean it can remain a key crossing point for the public and those visiting Gateshead International Stadium for years to come.
Mr Jones said: "The fact that Windsor Road bridge will reopen next spring is of immense concern to us.
As part of this project, a temporary road bridge will open to traffic in May 2014 when work is completed on the new rail bridge.
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Elsewhere, Norham Road Bridge will be widened to four lanes and there will be traffic lights at the sliproad junctions.