CONSERVATION: Bridges, Book Ends & Blades

Scrap-conscious OPM conservationists last week saved for defense the rusting skeleton of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge ("Galloping Gertie") from a watery grave in Puget Sound. Scrap dealers had not been interested until OPM stirred them up. Now they figure they can salvage it at a. profit even under the $20-a-ton scrap ceiling. Result: addition of 3,500 tons to tne shrinking U.S. scrap-steel stockpile, enough to build 500 light tanks.

Other conservation items:

¶ From the dim recesses of the Library of Congress, the Capitol, Senate and House Office Buildings, Capitol Architect David Lynn recovered 285 tons...

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