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article imageKentucky offers to give away bridge

By Kevin Fitzgerald     Oct 27, 2011 in Lifestyle
Members of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet are offering to give away a bridge that is obsolete, but has historic value. They are even offering to dismantle and deliver the bridge to its new location free of charge.
UPI reports that the 82-year-old bridge is 456-feet long and is a three-span steel structure, currently spanning over the Kentucky River on a stretch of Route 80.
The bridge needs to be replaced in order to better handle the increasing traffic. It is considered "functionally obsolete," meaning that the structure is still stable but is impractical for handling modern-day transportation needs.
According to Reuters, there is one stipulation: The cost to save the bridge cannot exceed the estimated cost of tearing it down.
They say the bridge would be ideal for a public park or a walking trail. It could even be useful for someone who has a large property that could use a crossing bridge.
The deadline to apply for the bridge is December 20. If there are no reasonable takers, then the bridge will likely face demolition.
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