Bridge being given away for free with a catch

Bridge being given away for free with a catch
Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Historical Society
Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Historical Society

The Town of Turtle, with the help of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, is giving away a bridge located on Smith Road for free. The catch, however, is the bridge must be relocated and its historical integrity kept intact.

Known as the Smith Road Bridge, it spans 120 feet over Turtle Creek with a 16-foot-wide deck. The bridge is eligible for the National Register of Historical Places because of the rare method used to construct it, according to officials.

The single-span bridge was built in 1910 by the Worden-Allen Company and fabricated with both riveted and bolted connections, a method considered rare at the time, according to a Clinton Community Historical Society release. Anyone can acquire the bridge, but they must relocate the bridge and assume all future legal and financial responsibility for it. Interested parties will be asked to submit a proposal for WisDOT and the State Historical Preservation Office.

Interested parties must request an information package on the bridge by April 14 to be guaranteed consideration for acquisition. Requests should be submitted to Emily Pettis of Mead and Hunt, Inc. of Middleton, 608-273-6380 or email emily.pettis@meadhunt.com.
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