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Folks line up to rent an historic bridge

It is rather an unusual business proposition. In the market for a bridge? Why not rent one?

People in Columbus may soon have the chance.

City property manager and Trotter Convention Center director Frank Goodman tells The Commercial Dispatch that he has already received calls from people interested in holding wedding receptions on the historic U.S. 82 bridge. The city restored the bridge, now open to pedestrians, for $2.2 million.

The Columbus City council is likely to approve a fee schedule for renting the bridge at its next meeting. A proposal calls for a fee of $800 to completely close the bridge for up to six hours, along with a $300 security deposit.

Anyone who rents the bridge would have to obtain insurance, including coverage if alcoholic beverages are served. Renters would have to remove trash and other items afterward.

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