Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter IX. Potomac River Bridges Towing Compact.


§ 9–1117.01. Mayor authorized to enter into Compact; purpose.

(a) The Mayor is authorized to enter into and execute on behalf of the District a compact with any state or states legally joining the Potomac River Bridges Towing Compact (“Compact”).

(b) The parties to this Compact are the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the State of Maryland (“Parties”).

(c) The purpose of this Compact is to facilitate the prompt and orderly removal of disabled and abandoned vehicles from the bridges by giving all 3 Parties jurisdiction to exercise appropriate authority anywhere on the following bridges which pass through the territory of 2 or more of the jurisdictions: the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge, Rochambeau Memorial Bridge, George Mason Memorial Bridge, Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Bridge, Francis Scott Key Bridge, Chain Bridge, and American Legion Memorial Bridge.


(March 31, 2000, D.C. Law 13-63, § 2, 46 DCR 9217.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90-day) authorization of the District to remove disabled vehicles from any portion of the Potomac River Bridges, see §§ 2 to 6 of the Potomac River Bridges Towing Compact Emergency Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-16, February 10, 1999, 46 DCR 2349).

For temporary (90-day) authorization of continued participation in towing compact, see §§ 2 to 6 of the Potomac River Bridges Towing Compact Congressional Review Emergency Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-88, June 4, 1999, 46 DCR 5319).

For temporary (90-day) authorization of continued participation in towing compact, see §§ 2 to 6 of the Potomac River Bridges Towing Compact Congressional Review Emergency Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-222, January 11, 2000, 47 DCR 470).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) authority of Mayor to execute Compact, see § 2 of Potomac River Bridges Towing Compact Temporary Act of 1999 (D.C. Law 13-4, May 28, 1999, law notification 46 DCR 5304).


§ 9–1117.02. State Troopers and local law enforcement officers authority.

The Parties hereby give one another all necessary power and authority to have their respective state troopers or local law enforcement officers direct traffic and authorize the removal of disabled or abandoned vehicles, trailers, semitrailers or the parts or contents thereof, from any part of the Potomac River Bridges, to the same extent and in the same manner that such troopers and local law enforcement officers may exercise such authority in their own jurisdictions. No Party, acting through its troopers or local law enforcement officers, shall have the authority to direct or authorize the towing or removal of any vehicle or other thing to a destination outside its own jurisdiction, unless the consent of an officer or trooper of the destination jurisdiction has first been obtained.


(March 31, 2000, D.C. Law 13-63, § 3, 46 DCR 9217.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90-day) authorization of the District to remove disabled vehicles from any portion of the Potomac River Bridges, see notes following § 9-1117.01.


§ 9–1117.03. Exclusive jurisdiction over vehicles; governing laws and procedures.

All vehicles and their contents towed or removed from the Potomac River bridges pursuant to this Compact shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the place to which such vehicle and its contents are taken, and the handling and disposition of such vehicle and its contents shall be governed by the laws and procedures of that jurisdiction.


(March 31, 2000, D.C. Law 13-63, § 4, 46 DCR 9217.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90-day) authorization of the District to remove disabled vehicles from any portion of the Potomac River Bridges, see notes following § 9-1117.01.


§ 9–1117.04. Compact not creating agency relationship.

Each of the parties shall act solely on its own authority within the jurisdiction granted. This Compact shall not be construed as creating any agency relationship between the Parties.


(March 31, 2000, D.C. Law 13-63, § 5, 46 DCR 9217.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90-day) authorization of the District to remove disabled vehicles from any portion of the Potomac River Bridges, see notes following § 9-1117.01.


§ 9–1117.05. Withdrawal from Compact.

The Mayor of the District of Columbia, the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, or the State of Maryland, may withdraw from this Compact at any time upon 30 days written notice to the other Parties.


(March 31, 2000, D.C. Law 13-63, § 6, 46 DCR 9217.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90-day) authorization of the District to remove disabled vehicles from any portion of the Potomac River Bridges, see notes following § 9-1117.01.