North Dakota bridge to serve new purpose
Posted April 18
MINOT, N.D. — Hundreds of tons of metal from a bridge in North Dakota will be recycled to provide material for new construction.
The Broadway Bridge in Minot has reached the end of its lifespan on the main north-south artery through the city and is being replaced.
Gerdau and Lunda Construction will be taking the removed steel rebar from the bridge and shipping it to a recycling mill for processing, the Minot Daily News (http://bit.ly/2ojJOup ) reported. The bridge is estimated to generate about 500 to 600 tons of steel.
"We were really happy that they called us and picked us to do that," said Kevin Hanson, regional manager for Gerdau. "The cool part about it for us is they are using our steel to put back into the bridge."
The company has recycled other North Dakota landmarks, including a Bismarck bridge used to make the Broadway Bridge.
Hanson said recycling the Broadway Bridge will also help the community by providing more jobs.
"It's good for the company. It's good for the community. It has to go somewhere so it might as well come here," Hanson said.
The multi-national company Gerdau has mills in Canada, the United States and Mexico. It has been present in Minot for more than 100 years.