PennDOT selling century-old bridge across Delaware

SHOHOLA, Pa. (AP) — A 504-foot bridge that has spanned the Delaware River in rural northeastern Pennsylvania for more than a century is up for sale.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is taking bids on the Pond Eddy Bridge ahead of its plan to build an entirely new bridge across the river by 2017.

The bridge has two spans of equal length, and PennDOT says the spans can be sold and used separately.

It's part of a program to save historic bridges that cannot be rehabilitated for continued use by motorists.

The Pond Eddy Bridge will stay until the new one is built. WNEP-TV of Scranton reports ( ) that it's the only access route for about 20 people. Christine Gordon, who has crossed the bridge for more than 50 years, says it's an eyesore.