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Mon July 15, 2013
Milton-Madison Bridge Demolition Scheduled to Begin This Week
The demolition of the old bridge connecting Milton, Kentucky and Madison, Indiana is scheduled to begin this week.
Andrea Clifford with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says weather permitting, a large section of the bridge truss will be brought down with explosive charges on Thursday. It was originally scheduled for Wednesday but was postponed because of high river levels.
"The first blast is scheduled to bring down the span over the main navigational channel. It is the longest span at 700 feet across that portion of the river," she said.
Clifford says the rest of the nearly 84-year-old bridge will be taken down over the next few weeks.
A new bridge was constructed on temporary piers alongside the old span, and will be slid onto the old bridge’s refurbished piers in September.
The new Milton-Madison Bridge will be closed for about two hours to allow for the 9:00 blasting on Thursday, and the Ohio River will be closed for 24 hours so the downed section of truss can be retrieved.