ABBEVILLE, Miss. (AP) If a steel truss bridge is just the thing you were looking for to go over your backyard pond, the Mississippi Department of Transportation has one up for grabs.
The MDOT is offering the Mississippi Highway 7 Tallahatchie River Steel Truss Bridge to anyone who wants to relocate it to another spot.
Built in 1953, the three-span through truss bridge, just north of Abbeville in Lafayette County, has been determined to be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
MDOT released plans earlier this year to remove the old bridge and replace it with a newer, wider bridge. The replacement bridge will be a concrete span bridge with shoulders on both sides of the road. It will be built on the west side of the current bridge. The old train bridge is not being taken down.
However, according to federal law, before the demolition of a historic bridge, states must sell or donate the bridge to an interested party who will agree to accept title for, preserve the historic integrity of, and assume the financial and legal responsibility for the continued maintenance of the bridge.
MDOT engineer Mitch Turner said the agency is looking for proposals from interested parties and organizations that include a plan for removal of the steel truss that complies with federal regulations and that permits an allowable timetable for the removal of the bridge.
Turner said when MDOT plans to demolish or remove a structure, officials check with the National Register of Historic Places before demolition.