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Pieces of Original Mackinac Bridge for Sale

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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Those with a passion for historic bridges now have the chance to own a piece of one—the Mackinac Bridge Authority is auctioning off two-ton sections of the bridge’s original steel deck grating.

Seven individual but identical pieces are available for bid, each section measuring 5.5 feet wide, 38 feet long and 5 inches deep.

Bridge Piece Auction

According to MLive, the grating was originally coated in lead-based paint. Even though much of it is gone, buyers must sign a "Hold Harmless agreement" related to both the lead paint and the grating’s structural integrity.

The Mackinac Bridge Authority will cut the grating down into two shorter pieces if the buyer so desires. The price of the one cut is also included in the bid. As of Tuesday (April 17) afternoon, bids range from $760 to $1,510.

The auction ends April 19. Those interested in bidding on the remaining pieces can do so here.

According to The Detroit News, the Mackinac Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere, sitting at 8,614 feet with a total length of 26,372 feet. The Mackinac is the fifth longest suspension bridge in the world.

 

   

Tagged categories: Bridges; Historic Preservation; Historic Structures; Infrastructure; NA; North America; Program/Project Management

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