It's a "you haul it yourself" situation, so that might make things...interesting.

First of all, I had no idea that there's a site called It's basically eBay for the government to get rid of stuff, including 2-ton sections of the original grating from the Mackinac Bridge.

Section of original steel grating from the Mackinac Bridge deck. Selling 5 individual, identical pieces of grating separately. THIS AUCTION IS FOR ONE PIECE. Pieces are approximately 5 1/2 feet X 38 feet and 5 inches deep. Condition is used with corrosion and section loss appropriate to steel that is 60 years old. Each piece weighs about 2 tons.

There are five identical pieces of the original grating up for grabs, and there are more than 140 bids between them all. The cheapest piece is already up over $1,000 with the most expensive piece coming in at $1.500 as of 9:34 this morning.

Grating was originally coated with lead based paint. Much of this is gone, but Buyer will have to sign a "Hold Harmless agreement" related to the lead paint and the structural condition of the grating. The Hold Harmless agreement is an attachment to the auction ad.

So, you know, you can't sue MDOT if you get lead poisoning from the paint.

Seller agrees to cut the grating section into two shorter pieces for ease of shipping if desired. Price of this one cut is included in the bid. No other cutting or manipulation of the grating will be done by the seller.

Seller will load the grating for transport but is not responsible for securing, etc.


Yep, you read that right - they'll cut it for you, but you have to transport it yourself.

I mean, if you're hardcore #PureMichigan, this is a super cool piece of memorabilia. But...what do you do with it? Use it as a giant 2-ton trellace for plants?

Anyways, if that's your jam, you can place your bid HERE. Bidding ends on 11/18.

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