Public Law 115 – 101 – An act to amend the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Improvement Act to provide access to certain vehicles serving residents of municipalities adjacent to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, and for other purposes

[115th Congress Public Law 101]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]

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Public Law 115-101
115th Congress

An Act

To amend the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Improvement Act
to provide access to certain vehicles serving residents of
municipalities adjacent to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation
Area, and for other purposes. <<NOTE: Jan. 8, 2018 – [H.R. 560]>>

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. VEHICULAR ACCESS AND FEES.

Section 4 of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Improvement Act (Public Law 109-156) <<NOTE: 119 Stat. 2948.>> is
amended to read as follows:
“SEC. 4. USE OF CERTAIN ROADS WITHIN THE RECREATION AREA.

“(a) In General.–Except as otherwise provided in this section,
Highway 209, a federally owned road within the boundaries of the
Recreation Area, shall be closed to all commercial vehicles.
“(b) Exception for Local Business Use.–Until September 30, 2021,
subsection (a) shall not apply with respect to the use of commercial
vehicles that have four or fewer axles and are–
“(1) owned and operated by a business physically located
in–
“(A) the Recreation Area; or
“(B) one or more adjacent municipalities; or
“(2) necessary to provide services to businesses or persons
located in–
“(A) the Recreation Area; or
“(B) one of more adjacent municipalities.

“(c) Fee.–The Secretary shall establish a fee and permit program
for the use by commercial vehicles of Highway 209 under subsection (b).
The program shall include an annual fee not to exceed $200 per vehicle.
All fees received under the program shall be set aside in a special
account and be available, without further appropriation, to the
Secretary for the administration and enforcement of the program,
including registering vehicles, issuing permits and vehicle
identification stickers, and personnel costs.
“(d) Exceptions.–The following vehicles may use Highway 209 and
shall not be subject to a fee or permit requirement under subsection
(c):
“(1) Local school buses.
“(2) Fire, ambulance, and other safety and emergency
vehicles.
“(3) Commercial vehicles using Federal Road Route 209,
from–
“(A) Milford to the Delaware River Bridge leading
to U.S. Route 206 in New Jersey; and

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“(B) mile 0 of Federal Road Route 209 to
Pennsylvania State Route 2001.”.
SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.

Section 2 of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Improvement Act (Public Law 109-156) <<NOTE: 119 Stat. 2946.>> is
amended–
(1) by redesignating paragraphs (1) through (5) as
paragraphs (2) through (6), respectively; and
(2) by inserting before paragraph (2) (as so redesignated by
paragraph (1) of this section) the following:
“(1) Adjacent municipalities.–The term `adjacent
municipalities’ means Delaware Township, Dingman Township,
Lehman Township, Matamoras Borough, Middle Smithfield Township,
Milford Borough, Milford Township, Smithfield Township and
Westfall Township, in Pennsylvania.”.
SEC. 3. CONFORMING AMENDMENT.

Section 702 of the Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act of
1996 (Public Law 104-333) <<NOTE: 110 Stat. 4185.>> is repealed.

Approved January 8, 2018.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY–H.R. 560:
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SENATE REPORTS: No. 115-51 (Comm. on Energy and Natural Resources).
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 163 (2017):
Jan. 30, considered and passed House.
Dec. 21, considered and passed Senate.

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