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Take this bridge, get a million bucks. No one did

Steven Adams
Washington State Department of Transportation
The bridge was built in 1925, a 371-foot steel span that crossed the Puyallup River at Meridian, Washington, for more than 90 years.

There’s an old joke about selling bridges to people but this one was free. And it came with a million bucks. But no one would take it.

The bridge had carried traffic over the Puyallup River in Washington State since 1925, according to KIRO-7. But two new bridges replaced it in 2005 so it was parked nearby. Its historic status dictated that an effort needed to be made to preserve it.

The Washington State Department of Transportation offered the bridge to anyone who would take it away and preserve it. They even sweetened the deal with $1 million.

No one took it.

“Most people did their due diligence and said, ‘We can’t do that for that amount of money,’” WSDOT’s Steve Fuchs told KIRO-7.

Time has run out for the 370-ton span and its cash deal. It’s likely to end up as scrap.

Cutting the bridge apart for scrap could cost as much as a $1 million, but the steel is estimated to be worth less than $100,000, reports KIRO-7.

The bridge will remain parked where it is until someone needs it out of the way again.

Read more at KIRO-7.

Steven Adams is a Tribune-Review digital producer. You can contact Steven at 412-380-5645 or [email protected].

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