Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Bridge for $1

SOLDIERS GROVE, Wis. -- A Wisconsin village has a way to get around having to demolish a decrepit, old bridge: Sell it for $1.

The Kickapoo River bridge hasn't carried traffic in more than three decades.

Officials said they hope high scrap prices will attract a buyer with a buck burning a hole in his pocket. They had tried the same thing once before, but the buyer backed out.

The bridge was built in 1910 and served as a major connection for the community until a new route was built. The bridge then turned into a fishing spot. More than 30 years ago, the state Department of Transportation recommended closing the bridge, saying its age and condition posed a hazard.

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