It shall be the duty of the proprietors or owners of any canal, ditch or other conduit
constructed for the conveyance of water used principally for irrigation purposes to
provide and construct all necessary bridges and viaducts for the use of the public
in crossing the same. Every such bridge or viaduct shall be so constructed as to be safe and adequate for
the purpose for which constructed, and the construction thereof shall in all cases
be completed by the time when water shall be caused or permitted to flow in such canal,
ditch or other conduit at the place where any such bridge or viaduct shall be required.
All such bridges and viaducts, when constructed, shall be and become a part of the
public highway, and shall be maintained and kept in repair by the authorities having
charge of such highways: Provided, That when such bridge or viaduct is located on a township road and the county engineer's
estimated cost is more than $600, said bridge or viaduct shall be maintained by the
board of county commissioners, and when the county engineer's estimated cost of such
bridge or viaduct is $600 or less, it shall be maintained by the board of township
highway commissioners: Provided further, That when any canal, ditch or other conduit constructed for the conveyance of water
used primarily for drainage purposes, and belonging to a regularly established drainage
district, shall cross a public highway, thereby necessitating the construction or
maintenance of any bridge or viaduct, such bridge or viaduct shall be constructed
and maintained by the board of county commissioners when located on a county road
or when located on a township road and the county engineer's estimated cost is more
than $300; it shall be constructed and maintained by the township board of highway
commissioners when located on a township road and the county engineer's estimated
cost is less than $300.
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