DAVIE — For sale in South Florida: a brand-new but unwanted bridge that has never been crossed.
The Davie Town Council commissioned the 90-foot bridge last year to carry horseback riders and hikers across a canal that divides an equestrian trail.
What they got, though, is considered an eyesore. It turns out that the design plans were never reviewed, so the construction firm built a brown-painted steel bridge designed for vehicle traffic and not horses or walking.
The bridge went up so quickly that no one realized the mistake until the span was mostly completed.
"People are saying, 'Thanks for putting that ugly thing in to devalue my home,' " said Davie council member Marlon Luis.
The town isn't pouring the concrete that would make its installation permanent. Instead, officials are putting the bridge up for sale. The Miami Herald reports (hrld.us/12SP3RY) that the asking price is whatever someone is willing to pay.
The bridge cost $111,250, plus $17,400 for shipping.
The construction firm, Shoreline Foundation, has offered to take it apart and haul it away to sell it. The money from the sale would go toward a replacement.
But if Shoreline can't find a buyer in three months, or one who will pay enough, Davie could be out a lot of money, said council member Bryan Caletka.
The Town Council is planning an additional pedestrian bridge across another canal. Officials say those design plans will be reviewed to make sure they don't get another bridge that's built for cars.