Onondaga County to sell steel intended for 1998 bridge

Alaska had a "Bridge to Nowhere" issue. Syracuse has a "Bridge That Was Never Built" saga.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports that Onondaga County officials have agreed to sell 283 tons of steel that had been intended for the construction of a bridge to extend a Syracuse commuter train line.

The steel was purchased 15 years ago with taxpayer money for the nearly $2.8 million bridge project. But work was stopped when a railroad company complained that the construction was threatening its own bridge just a few feet away.

The new bridge was never built and the steel was stored on county property. The trains that would have used the bridge stopped running in 2008.

County officials estimate the steel's scrap value at between $50,000 and $100,000.