For Sale: Historic Bridge, You Arrange Shipping

Colorado's Dotsero Bridge can be yours
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2012 9:14 AM CDT
For Sale: Historic Bridge, You Arrange Shipping
Does this thing look historic or what?   (Colorado Department of Transportation)

(Newser) – Normally, when someone says they have a bridge to sell you, it's a joke. But the Colorado Department of Transportation is serious. The state is trying to offload the Dotsero Bridge, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but will soon have to be demolished because it doesn't meet current design standards. And no, this isn't an adopt-a-highway deal; the buyer will have to take apart, haul away, and reassemble the 150-foot-long bridge, the Denver Post reports.

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The task is so gargantuan that the state has no idea what it will even cost to complete it. (The Post notes that the bridge itself is free.) "Some of those questions are just not answerable right now," senior CDOT staffer Lisa Schoch said. Who would want such a thing? Schoch suggests it could be repurposed as a pedestrian or recreational trail bridge. And just think, you can tell people about its historic, erm, contribution to transportation on US Highway 6. It is, Schoch says, an excellent example of Colorado State Highway Department truss bridge design. (Read more Dotsero Bridge stories.)

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