Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but I’ve got a bridge to sell you.
Okay, not me. But the state of Pennsylvania has 11 bridges for sale, ranging from $1 to $500. And the Federal Highway Administration will likely foot the transportation cost! Imagine: A bridge in your backyard, in your condo, in your bathroom!
There’s a catch.The buyer is responsible for upkeep and must reuse the bridge somewhere else. The 11 bridges Pennsylvania’s selling are not up to modern standards and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. “They can’t be sold for scrap,” Erin Waters-Trasatt, a PennDOT spokeswoman, told Reuters. “They need to be rehabilitated and preserved.”
Pennsylvania has already sold nine bridges, some of which have been reused. Meadowview Road Bridge was sold to Dover Township, which installed it in a new park. A new bridge would have cost about $20,000.