Perhaps you’ve burned a few too many of your old ones, or need something to cross troubled waters, or have a troll to buy for this holiday season. Whatever your reason, if you need a bridge you’re in luck.
The Alaska DOT is planning to replace the Iliamna River Bridge and is making the old red bridge available to anyone willing to move and assume the maintenance and preservation responsibilities as a historical structure. Here are the specs:
- Available: Old Red Bridge
- Construction: Steel truss with timber decking
- Dimensions: 181 feet long, 12.3 feet wide
- Origin: Eagle River near Anchorage, 1937
- Current location: Iliamna River on the Williamsport-to-Pile-Bay Road; moved in 1946
- Modifications: Post-tensioning and welding reinforcements in the 1990s
- Special considerations: eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
- Condition: As is
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) will pay $30,000 to help defray costs of bridge removal and transportation.
Any potential recipient will need to remove the bridge and transport it to a new location and must agree to maintain the bridge. DOT&PF inspected the bridge in 2003 and found it structurally deficient. It has not been in use since 2003.
The bridge is in a remote location and is available as-is. Potential recipients are advised to have the bridge independently evaluated by qualified professionals for methods of removal, transport, reassembly, and final use.
Learn more about the bridge its neighbors in the Alaska Dispatch News here: