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Workers to start recycling old Sellwood Bridge Thursday

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Multnomah County officials said construction workers will begin breaking down the old Sellwood Bridge and recycling its materials Thursday.

Multnomah County said the steel used to build the old bridge will be recycled. It is estimated to have a $280,000 value.

The concrete will also be broken down and will be used as fill material in construction projects like road beds and building and parking lot foundations.

County officials had originally offered the materials of the old bridge to anyone who could move and use it.

They said they had a few interesting inquiries, some even from Europe and Africa, but there were no serious offers and the old bridge became the property of the contractor.

Multnomah County officials confirmed the recycling project in March, but had to wait until the summer in-water work season to start the process. 

Sellwood Bridge traffic will continue to run normally throughout the recycling project.

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