12 sections of original Mackinac Bridge steel up for auction

ST. IGNACE, MI – An auction of 12 sections of the original steel grating from the Mackinac Bridge deck is allowing enthusiasts and admirers to take home a piece of history.

The Mighty Mac connecting Michigan’s Upper and Lower peninsulas is the fifth longest suspension bridge in the world. It opened to traffic on Nov. 1, 1957 – nearly 64 years ago.

Each of the 12 grate sections are up for auction separately. Bids on each 30-inch by 60-inch piece start at $100. The chunks are about five inches deep and weigh about 200 pounds.

“Condition is used with corrosion and section loss appropriate to steel that is 60 years old,” the auction description says.

The grating was originally coated with lead-based paint. While most of it has been worn away, buyers will be required to sign a hold harmless agreement regarding the lead paint and the condition of the grating itself.

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