Thursday, April 12, 2018

You can now buy a rusty, two-ton chunk of the Mackinac Bridge

Posted By on Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 4:44 PM

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Are you a collector? Do you own a crane? If yes, then we have just the item for you.

Bidding is underway for seven pieces of Michigan history — in the form of rusty old steel grating that once lined the deck of the Mackinac Bridge.

The two-ton grate pieces are being sold by the Mackinac Bridge Authority in an online auction at The pieces are being sold individually and are about 5 feet wide and 38 feet long.

As of Thursday afternoon, the lowest bid on one of the grates was about $400,
click to enlarge 'Vintage' piece of Mackinac Bridge. - GOVDEALS.COM
  • 'Vintage' piece of Mackinac Bridge.
with six days of bidding left to go. Bidding began at $160.

Described as "vintage," the grating is said to be "used with corrosion and section loss appropriate to steel that is 60 years old." There also may be some residual lead-based paint on the pieces of steel, so you'll have to sign a waiver if you place a winning bid.

If all that sounds appealing, safe, and worth what will likely be more than $1,000 — head on over to to get in on the action.

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