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For sale: one Amelia Earhart Memorial Bridge

February 5, 2011

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— It has been in the family for generations, but federal and state officials are willing to say goodbye.

The heirloom is the 73-year-old Amelia Earhart Memorial Bridge on U.S Highway 59.

The historic steel truss bridge spans the Missouri River from Atchison to Winthrop, Mo.

It is being replaced by a new bridge currently under construction.

The Kansas Department of Transportation is soliciting bids to relocate the old structure, which was first known as the Free Bridge, then the Mo-Kan Bridge. In 1997, its name was changed to the Amelia Earhart Memorial Bridge. The bridge is eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

Bidders may offer to relocate the entire 2,500-foot span or portions of it. The state will even provide up to $200,000 for relocation expenses.

“Technical difficulties and substantial costs should be anticipated,” a state news release on the project says.

The state is accepting relocation proposals until April 1. The new bridge is scheduled to be completed this fall, and the plan is to move the old bridge next year.

KDOT has a webcam on the bridge replacement project that shows the Earhart bridge plus construction of the new one at earthcam.com/clients/kansasDOT/.

Comments

blindrabbit 3 years, 2 months ago

Send it to Nikumaroro Island in the South Pacific where Amelia's remains will likely be confirmed later this year. It would make a nice crossing of the 1/4 mile wide atoll. Few visitors expected though.

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guess_again 3 years, 2 months ago

Hey, someone in Arizona bought the London Bridge, right?

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 2 months ago

"Amelia Earhart Memorial Bridge"

Seems to me that it should be able to fly, shouldn't it?

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tomatogrower 3 years, 2 months ago

Hey, does anyone want to buy the Brooklyn bridge? I've got a great deal for ya. :>)

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bobbie1207 3 years, 2 months ago

Great idea Wilbur because it is truly not suited to drive over. We drive it monthly on our way from IA to KS and it is a narrow, rough piece of road. Hate it, hate it, HATE IT.

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 2 months ago

A chance for Lawrence to get another historic property. It could be installed across the river downtown and link to the Amtrak Station and be used for bicycles only and walking. A true link to North Lawrence and a chance for another revisionist history moment ala Burroughs Trail.

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Kris Norton 3 years, 2 months ago

KDOT is helping out with $200K because that it what it was estimated to cost KDOT if the contractor were to remove the steel high truss and portions of the steel deck trusses.

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ophiuchus 3 years, 2 months ago

Whoa. Very strange echo. I made my first trip to Atchison, birthplace of Amelia Earhart, just this past week, and I encountered that very bridge.

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blindrabbit 3 years, 2 months ago

Leave it in place for a fishing pier for the migratory big headed carp.

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macon47 3 years, 2 months ago

for gosh shakes, dont tell aaron cromwell or the city council they will spend our money on anything

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ksriver2010 3 years, 2 months ago

Why is the state helping out with $200K? Will it really have historic value if it is moved from its surroundings?

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Benjamin Roberts 3 years, 2 months ago

According to the text on the earthcam website the new bridge will be named the "Amelia Earhart Memorial Bridge." So, if someone were to acquire the old bridge - would they truly own the "Amelia Earhart Memorial Bridge?"

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H_Lecter 3 years, 2 months ago

Ship it to Alaska...it would be the perfect bridge...to nowhere.

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