June 10, 2009
Alaska offers $50,000 to take bridge
Alaskan officials said they are willing to pay $50,000 for the removal and safe keeping of a 59-year-old Anchorage bridge.
Jim Amundsen, a project manager in highway design at the state Department of Transportation, said the cost of moving and maintaining the 100-foot-long Peters Creek bridge, which weighs about 50 tons without its asphalt deck and about 150 tons with it, will likely be far more than the state's offering, the Anchorage Daily News reported Thursday.
Amundsen said the bridge could wind up as a pedestrian overpass or part of the public park.
It has to be agencies or groups that legitimately have the ability to take care of it and otherwise retain its cultural and historical appearance and reasonable use, he said.