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Free bridge trusses in southwest WA, can you make something cool with them?

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I'm on a list and this just came in. The WA Dept of Transportation is giving away FREE the big old metal trusses that held up the bridge in southwest Washington. Here's what they say. If you can use them, contact them directly.

FREE Bridge! Looking for the perfect holiday gift for that special someone?
Public Information Officer Tamara Greenwell from Washington State Department of Transportation
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How about the State Route 508 South Fork Newaukum River Bridge? Located near Onalaska in Lewis County, it would make the perfect present for someone who has always wanted their own bridge, but didn’t know quite where to start.

Sure, at a rusty 86 years old, the bridge is past its prime, but we like to think it’s full of character and charm. Also, because it is eligible for historic listing, the National Historic Preservation Act requires we market the bridge to find it a new home. So, what do you think? Does this sound like the right fit for you?

We'll give you the trusses, but you'll have to move them and meet a few other conditions. Read more about the deal on our blog or drop us a line for more information.
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Location: Carnation, WA (Western Washington State / Cascadia / Pacific NW)
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Wow! Now there's some repurposing!

From the WDOT blog post, In the market for a historic bridge? We have a deal for you!

What you get
You’ll get two as-is riveted-steel 90-foot Warren pony trusses with verticals. They’re comprised of fabricated steel shapes, including channels, angles and plates. Sorry, the bridge deck and substructure aren’t included.

What’s the catch?
Recycling this historic gem is no easy task. Moving and repurposing old bridges is expensive. Costs related to removing and relocating the trusses are up to you.

  • You’ll need to have a structural engineer assess the trusses to make sure they’ll work for your project
    Safely move the trusses
  • Protect the environment during the move
  • Reuse the trusses in a way that preserves historic relevance
  • Assume all future legal and financial responsibility for the structure.

  • I like how honest they are with this whole thing - including even more pictures.
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    Does anyone know what is going to happen to the old Puyallup Bridge?   Is that one available as well?

    Saw it sitting by the side of the road near the new bridge.  Rumor had it that a park was going to be made .... but then liability issues crept in.

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