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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will join the governors of Kentucky and Indiana Tuesday to break ground on the Milton-Madison Bridge project.

The more than $100 million project will replace the two-lane bridge’s superstructure and reinforce its piers.

Will Wingfield with the Indiana Department of Transportation says most of the new bridge will be built alongside the original, 81 year old span, then slid into place on the existing support structure.

“Because of the innovative constuction plan that our contractors brought to us, we’ll be able to keep the bridge open to traffic all but approximately ten days during constuction, which is a significant decrease from the anticipated year long closure that we were originally planning for,” he said.

The project is scheduled for completion in September of 2012. The bridge connects Milton, Kentucky and Madison, Indiana.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."