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Want a bridge? One’s for sale in central Illinois

March 29, 2015

LACON, Ill. (AP) — Anyone interested in buying an old 80-foot steel and concrete bridge can get one in central Illinois’ Marshall County.

The catch is you have to be ready to lift it out of a creek bed.

The 1930s-era pony truss bridge that spanned Crow Creek in Wilbern washed out in flooding in 2013.

County engineer Patrick Sloan tells the (Peoria) Journal Star (http://bit.ly/1Np4vvO ) that there’s been some interest by two private parties in moving and preserving the bridge, though he has no idea what they’d do with it.

So, the structure has been placed up for bid through April 8.

Former county engineer George Meister preserved a twin of the Wilbern bridge several years ago and placed it on the highway department grounds.

He calls it “the world’s largest lawn ornament.”

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Information from: Journal Star, http://pjstar.com

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