- Associated Press - Saturday, June 23, 2018

BENWOOD, W.Va. (AP) - The rising prices for recycled metal could lead the demolition of an abandoned bridge in West Virginia.

The Intelligencer of Wheeling reports the privately-owned Bellaire Bridge has been the subject of a long-running legal dispute. Benwood officials have wanted the bridge to come down. But the owner has declared bankruptcy. The city has not seized the bridge because they could not afford to spend $3 million to tear it down.

But Benwood Police Chief Frank Longwell said the rising prices of recycled metals could make the demolition financially feasible for the city. He estimated the bridge has at least 3,500 tons of industrial metal.

City officials plan to meet with a federal judge next month to discuss the costs of demolition.

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Information from: The Intelligencer, http://www.theintelligencer.net

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