Dec 1, 2015 12:25 PM

Concrete bridge for sale in Farmington: just move, rebuild and preserve it elsewhere

FARMINGTON — Psst, hey. The state has a red-listed bridge it's ready to sell you for as little as $1.

According to the Union Leader, the Department of Transportation is accepting bids, starting at $1, for a historic bridge over the Cocheco River, built in 1924.

There's a catch though - the buyer will have to take it down, move it and rebuild it elsewhere - then promise to maintain it for 10 years.

The bridge is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places because it's considered a representative example of a concrete encased I-beam bridge with open concrete rail. It was designed by NHDOT Bridge Engineer Harold E. Langley, according to a public notice.

The state is accepting bids through Thursday at 2 p.m. Bidders must describe how the bridge would be dismantled, moved, re-used, preserved and where.

A temporary structure will be put into place parallel to the existing one on Route 153, so traffic will not be disrupted when construction on the new bridge begins.

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