These photos were taken while on tour with fellow pontist Matt Lowry.
Photo taken by Jason Smith in December 2010
BH Photo #192179
I have been wondering about a similar venture as well. I have seen enough MOBs popping up on Kansas hiking trails while genuine historic bridges have been getting demolished.
That is why I am looking for costs. This concept of selling bridges gets bounced around the historic bridge community off and on. However I believe the only way such an endeavor will work is if the bridges can be sold on a level alongside these MOB bridges.
Sorry, let's try this link here:
The senselessly demolished bridge over Money Creek in Houston County (see link below) would also have been a good candidate for this location had the timing been better--this one was installed in 2004, while the Money Creek Bridge was demolished just last year. I would have been more in favor of an actual historic bridge here also. The Lowry Avenue Bridge that Nathan's link below refers to was an enormous structure and, in my opinion, should have been relocated to carry a two-lane road over the Mississippi River in a more rural location, given its superstructure's excellent condition. There is talk about building new bridges in some locations where no bridges exist currently, and the Lowry Avenue Bridge would have worked beautifully for that purpose. Even I have to admit, though, that for a MOB, this one doesn't look half bad--for an MOB!
You know Nathan,
why not start a business where you sell historic bridges to people who are interested. It's a good strategy. If one wants to get rid of the bridge, they can ship it to you for free, you refurbish them and market them to those interested for a profit. How's that for an idea? ;-)
I would however be curious to know how much this structure cost. Particularly the cost of the superstructure. One of my goals is to offer restoration cost estimates for historic truss bridges in line with the costs of a MOB bridge. This would enable us to promote historic bridges at the same level.
Gross! And when they could have instead relocated a truss like this one: http://www.bridgehunter.com/mn/hennepin/2723/. Or pick a bunch of shorter historic truss spans in the state on the demo list and hook them all together in a string of spans.
Preserving a historic bridge requires creativity. Ordering a MOB bridge requires a telephone.