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Chicago taking proposals for reuse of historic city bridge

December 17, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) — Members of the public can own a historic bridge at a park on Chicago’s South Side.

The Chicago Tribune reports the city’s Department of Transportation is going to rebuild Jackson Park’s Columbia Bridge in 2019. But first, the agency has to offer the old one to the public for reuse potential. It’s also known as the Clarence Darrow Memorial Bridge, after the legendary Chicago attorney who died in 1938.

The bridge is in rough shape and has been closed to cars since 2009 and pedestrians since 2015.

Transportation department spokesman Mike Claffey says interested parties face a Feb. 28 deadline to submit a proposal describing how they can take apart and move the bridge, along with a plan for how they’ll use it and pay for it.

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Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com

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