Mackinac Bridge auctioning off 2-ton pieces

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News
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The Mackinac Bridge Authority is auctioning two-ton sections of the original steel deck grating

Looking to own a piece of the Mackinac Bridge?

Here's your chance but you'll need some help lugging a bit of history home.

The Mackinac Bridge Authority is auctioning off parts of the bridge's steel deck grating. The seven pieces up for bid are  approximately 5.5 feet by 38 feet and 5 inches deep. The pieces are 60 years old and weigh about two tons. 

The grating originally was coated with lead-based paint. While much of it is gone, but the buyer will have to sign a "hold harmless agreement" related to the condition of the grating and lead paint. 

As of Thursday evening, bids for various pieces were from $410 to $710. 

The Mackinac Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere at 8,614 feet with a total length of 26,372 feet, according to the Mackinac Bridge website. 

The auction is open for bids until 9 a.m. April 19 at

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