- Associated Press - Saturday, May 6, 2017

ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) - Michigan residents can now buy 60-year-old grated metal pieces of the original Mackinac Bridge from an online auction as those sections of the bridge get cut away and replaced.

Up until a year ago, workers had been taking the old bridge pieces to the scrap yard. Now residents who find value in the metal can buy the pieces from $270 to more than $1,500, WPBN-TV (https://bit.ly/2pimSMF ) reported.

“People do have a lot of sentimental value of the Mackinac Bridge,” Mackinac Bridge Authority CEO Bob Sweeney said. “It’s a Michigan icon. When we advertise it, we advertise it as a vintage piece of the Mackinac Bridge, and that brings a lot of people’s interest and they do bid I think a little bit higher for something like this, because they want a piece of the bridge.”

St. Ignace resident Neil Hill bought some pieces to use for smaller projects like picture frames, but he’s still deciding what to do with the rest of it.

“I bought a little over four tons,” Hill said. “In the ‘90s I worked for MDOT (Michigan Department of Transportation) for a short time and I was able to work on the bridge for several weeks doing inspections, and it’s always kind of shown a neat significance to me.”

The bridge authority said there aren’t many pieces currently left to buy, but it plans to begin another auction in the next couple of weeks.

Buyers can only purchase the metal in large pieces, which are approximately 40 feet long and weigh several tons. But the bridge authority said for a price it can cut the piece to more manageable pieces.

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Information from: WPBN-TV, https://www.tv7-4.com


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