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(Omaha World Herald)   Hey, you want a FREE bridge?   (omaha.com) divider line 37
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2013-02-09 06:58:59 AM
Ugly generic bridge, unless it was the first of the type I see no value in preserving it for the ages,
 
2013-02-09 07:50:06 AM
I do, I would keep it as a bridge ( but on the ground ) but i lack the space. rats. Someone can save this ./.... Do eeet, Fark . Do it.
 
2013-02-09 09:26:43 AM
It would look cool in the living room, but I think my landlord might complain.
 
2013-02-09 09:30:53 AM
some curtains & shelf paper, you'd be ready to move right in.
 
2013-02-09 09:31:24 AM
FTA: it is required to offer the structure to anyone who promises to maintain it forever

Sure, I promise to maintain it forever, since I am immortal! Hand over that bridge.
 
2013-02-09 09:34:33 AM
Send it to Kwai.
 
2013-02-09 09:40:18 AM
Arizona already did that and we got screwed.
 
2013-02-09 09:42:40 AM
Just as long as there are no trolls.  Someone send some billy goats across just in case.
 
2013-02-09 09:43:34 AM
I read that as 'Hey you want a beer fridge?'
 
2013-02-09 09:44:16 AM
Depends on where it goes....
 
2013-02-09 09:51:28 AM
The only reason people would want that quite unremarkable bridge is to sell the metal. I guess IL is just going through the motions to be able to say that they tried. Maybe to fend off misguided preservationists.

Some structures are notable and should be preserved. Some are just tools of the time and outlive their worthiness.

Map - (google maps)

Types of vehicles that would have used the bridge when it was built. - (google images)
 
2013-02-09 10:01:15 AM
Put it on craigslist; someone will pick it up.
 
2013-02-09 10:07:34 AM

SurelyShirley: Put it on craigslist; someone will pick it up.


Are you kidding? They're just as likely to knock you down and run with it.
 
2013-02-09 10:11:26 AM
Walkway over the Mississippi?
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2013-02-09 10:11:32 AM

EvilEgg: Ugly generic bridge, unless it was the first of the type I see no value in preserving it for the ages,


looks like we have us a bridge expert in the opening comment.
 
2013-02-09 10:19:46 AM
Its in my hometown of Savanna. Very narrow lanes.
Up until the 80s it had a metal grating road bed that made a really weird noise as you drove over.
Passing an oncoming 18 wheeler was intimidating.
 
2013-02-09 10:20:07 AM
If the bridge is in a condition where it can be maintained in perpetuity, why is Illinois spending money on a new bridge?
 
2013-02-09 10:23:52 AM

EvilEgg: Ugly generic bridge, unless it was the first of the type I see no value in preserving it for the ages,


Even if it was the first or only bridge of this style, tear the damn thing down.

I think this is the state's way of weaseling out of building a new bridge.
 
2013-02-09 10:33:04 AM

Hoopy Frood: If the bridge is in a condition where it can be maintained in perpetuity, why is Illinois spending money on a new bridge?


If 14.4kbaud modems and phone lines are still in a condition where they can be used to connect to the internet, why are you spending money on cable internet service (or DSL, or fiber, etc.)?
 
2013-02-09 10:36:51 AM
How did Iowa get a government that is wise enough to plan, budget, and act years in advance in order to replace an aging bridge?

Here in California we barely maintain old decrepit bridges so we can drive more and more cars across them  everyday until they fall. Then and only then we react and come up with hasty emergency plans for replacement bridges. When we do replace a downed bridge its sure to cost too much and barely handle current needs much less look ahead to likely future needs. Plus they feature the inefficient and inelegant architecture of old designs that are the earmarks of rushed government projects.  I hear Minnesota and Washington also run their bridges this way.

So knock it off Iowa you are making us look bad. If you wait until a bridge collapses you wont have to try giving it away.
 
2013-02-09 10:38:22 AM

Hoopy Frood: If the bridge is in a condition where it can be maintained in perpetuity, why is Illinois spending money on a new bridge?


I'll drink to that
 
2013-02-09 10:39:55 AM
Too bad they couldn't try something like that with the nine-span in Hammond, IN. They said it might have once been the longest bridge over land in the world at one point. They started tearing it down about a month ago.
 
2013-02-09 10:45:50 AM

SpdrJay: It would look cool in the living room, but I think my landlord might complain.


Don't be silly.  With a bridge that size you can just live under it.  You'll have way more room.  It's also great for trolling.
 
2013-02-09 10:53:34 AM
Good luck with pulling out those concrete pillars....
 
2013-02-09 11:11:58 AM

mikaloyd: EvilEgg: Ugly generic bridge, unless it was the first of the type I see no value in preserving it for the ages,

looks like we have us a bridge expert in the opening comment.


You don't have to be an expert to know ugly when you see it.

/believe me, I've seen your mom
 
2013-02-09 11:49:16 AM

Hoopy Frood: If the bridge is in a condition where it can be maintained in perpetuity, why is Illinois spending money on a new bridge?


You just answered your own question.
 
2013-02-09 11:51:54 AM
If you believe this story, I have a bridge to sell you.
 
2013-02-09 11:52:49 AM

Strobeguy: Up until the 80s it had a metal grating road bed that made a really weird noise as you drove over.


I drove over that bridge on a motorcycle after a light rain: it was ... interesting.

/Hope you don't have to accelerate, brake, or turn.
 
2013-02-09 12:47:21 PM
Where's that confounded bridge?
 
2013-02-09 12:53:27 PM

LrdPhoenix: Hoopy Frood: If the bridge is in a condition where it can be maintained in perpetuity, why is Illinois spending money on a new bridge?

If 14.4kbaud modems and phone lines are still in a condition where they can be used to connect to the internet, why are you spending money on cable internet service (or DSL, or fiber, etc.)?


Would you upgrade to new servers to host a website that gets 50 hits a day and doesn't crash?
 
2013-02-09 01:17:17 PM
I think this would go great next to the chesterfield; what do you think hunny?
 
2013-02-09 01:24:59 PM

leevis: Too bad they couldn't try something like that with the nine-span in Hammond, IN. They said it might have once been the longest bridge over land in the world at one point. They started tearing it down about a month ago.


I thought they did.

\life long Houstonian
\\my family is from Highland
\\\driven on Indianapolis Blvd a lot
 
2013-02-09 03:26:05 PM
No thanks!  I already put a down payment on a bridge in Brooklyn.
 
2013-02-09 10:59:41 PM
Why do they care what people do with it? They are just going to blow it up if no one takes it.
 
2013-02-10 01:26:29 AM
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Operators standing by, limited time offer, sold as is
/hot harmonic vibrations not included
 
2013-02-10 02:59:11 AM

Torion!: [encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com image 260x194]
Operators standing by, limited time offer, sold as is
/hot harmonic vibrations not included

well played
 
2013-02-10 02:59:24 AM

mllawso: Strobeguy: Up until the 80s it had a metal grating road bed that made a really weird noise as you drove over.

I drove over that bridge on a motorcycle after a light rain: it was ... interesting.

/Hope you don't have to accelerate, brake, or turn.


Most of the bridges in Portland have the metal grated decks.  With how much it rains here I have to assume most of the engineers here just hate motorcyclists.
 
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