Bridge Give Away

October 26, 2011 by staff 

Bridge Give AwayBridge Give Away, Kentucky officials are so interested in getting rid of obsolete but historic bridge on a rural stretch of road they are trying to get rid of it – and even offering to dismantle and return it to its new home for free.

The span of 82 years of age in the State Route 80 in southeastern Kentucky has to come so a new bridge capable of handling the heaviest traffic can go up, the Department of Highways, said.

But state officials prefer not to demolish the existing structure within 450-foot metal truss built in 1929 that qualifies for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. So they are trying to get rid of it.

To sweeten the pot, the state is willing to have the bridge dismantled, transported and off-loaded at no cost. All the new owner has to do is re-assemble and maintain, said HB Elkins, spokesman for the Department of Highways, District 10, where the bridge is located.

“This is what we call functionally obsolete, which means that is narrow and armor have a low clearance,” said Elkins. “But it is structurally sound. People use every day.”

Elkins said the potential could include a municipality, a state or a private person in need of a stream or crossing a single road.

As long as the old bridge is re-erected in the place again with its original features preserved, Kentucky does not care who gets it, said Elkins.

The single asterisk: The cost of saving the bridge can not exceed the estimated cost of demolishing it. Elkins said no one knows the cost could be “because they have bid out the work of building the new bridge.”

This is the second bridge in Perry County Kentucky who has tried to give in recent years. The deadline to apply is December 20, said Elkins.

With the first offered five years ago, Elkins said there was a lot of interest up front, but no buyer in the final.

“This new bridge was built beside the old, the oldest documented with photographs and then demolished,” he said

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