(1) The Division of Bond Finance of the State Board of Administration is authorized:
(a) To acquire, own, maintain, and operate ferries and toll ferries wherever the same are connected with or form a part of or are auxiliary to the state system of public roads.
(b) To fix and collect reasonable rentals, tolls, or charges for the use of any ferries operated by or under agreement with the said division.
(c) To enter into a contract or contracts with the Department of Transportation for the acquisition, maintenance, or operation of any such ferry or ferries.
(2) The acquisition, ownership, maintenance, and operation of said ferries and toll ferries shall be exercised in accordance with existing laws governing the powers of said division in connection with other buildings, facilities, additions, and improvements.