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Need a pedestrian bridge?

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Found this listing on one of my job sites.

FOR SALE: Pedestrian Bridge

88 feet long, 6 feet wide and 20 feet tall.

Price $1.00.

Please call Egelston Township, Muskegon County for more details at (231) 788-3729.

http://www.michigantownships.org/classifieds.asp

And here's an article about it.

http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2009/11/egelston_township_wants_old_pe.html

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Found this listing on one of my job sites.

FOR SALE: Pedestrian Bridge

88 feet long, 6 feet wide and 20 feet tall.

Price $1.00.

Please call Egelston Township, Muskegon County for more details at (231) 788-3729.

http://www.michigantownships.org/classifieds.asp

And here's an article about it.

http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2009/11/egelston_township_wants_old_pe.html

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I tried to do a deal on the old Spectrum enclosed pedestrian bridge that has been sitting down on Market St for several years now. Problem became the cost of engineering and installation, which quickly rose into mid 6 figure territory. Oddly enough, the engineering challenge wasn't "holding the bridge up", rather it was "holding the bridge down" (as in it becomes a big "wing" and winds generate "lift" on the structure). I love any opportunity to pursue "re-use", but unfortunately "free" doesn't always turn out to be as cheap as it might seem at first blush. Then again, this seems like it would be a great project if a grant could be secured to fund the cost of re-installing it somewhere useful (we were not a grant-worthy organization).

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I would love to see this bridge moved to a more useful location. Of course, the real solution could be to stop building roads that require giant bridges to cross them. :)

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Really? I'd think if you needed a bridge, it'd probably be easier to build a new one, rather than try to keep this old crappy one intact.

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The structure is not ADA compliant (Steps vs ramps) nor does it meet current AASHTO guidelines for a non-motorized facility (needs to be 10 feet wide plus 2 foot shy distance on each side for 2-way traffic). Not much of a market for such a structure other than scrap.

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Up in Houghton MI they did an adaptive reuse of the the building-to-building cross walks that were used to go over US 41 at a few different points in the downtown area. They took them down to free up the view driving thought downtown as part of other upgrades. Also, nobody was using them. The double t beam structures (pretty pricey back in the day, perhaps still) were taken off the columns and used on the Tech Trails to cross some swales and connect to the local/regional system at a new point. It was a great reuse that made an unaffordable connection possible.

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