The Milton-Madison Bridge
(Madison, Ind.) - Residents on either side of the Milton-Madison Bridge over the Ohio River are gearing up for its closure this week.
The bridge will be shut down for five days starting Wednesday at 12:01 a.m. as crews build a new temporary ramp to the bridge.
The temporary ramp will allow for a permanent ramp to be constructed for a new $103 million bridge that will open later this year.
“We’re moving ahead with the bridge closure as planned,” KYTC Project Manager Andy Barber said Monday. “As of today, the forecast calls for some rain on Wednesday, but otherwise it looks good for construction activities.”
During the closure, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Indiana Department of Transportation will detour traffic to either the north to use the Markland Locks and Dam Bridge 26 miles upstream, or to the south to use a Louisville-area bridge 46 miles downstream.
A ferry service only for emergency vehicles will run between Madison and Milton on Ferry Street on either side of the river.
The demolition of the existing ramp will be noisy as crews use a heavy hydraulic demolition hammer and controlled explosives.
“We apologize in advance for any inconvenience regarding the noise levels, especially that first night,” said INDOT Project Manager Kevin Hetrick. “But it’s necessary for the contractor to work 24 hours a day to keep the bridge closure to just a few days as opposed to the one year that we were initially facing.”
Here is a detailed plan of the work which will be done each day of the closure. You can also see a video below explaining the project.
Wednesday, April 25
12:01 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Barricades go up. Removal of bridge deck on approach spans in Madison and Milton. Removal
of approach span truss structure using explosive charges to sever steel.
12:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m. Debris removal. Steel pile driving for the temporary ramp in Madison.
Thursday, April 26
12:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Continued ramp work, including setting beams, bracing, timbers and concrete barrier railing. Load testing experiment by Purdue University on a 150-foot approach span at the north end of the bridge.
6:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m. Various activities on Madison temporary ramp.
Friday, April 27
12:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Continued work on temporary ramps in both Milton and Madison.
6:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m. Paving work on both ramps.
Saturday, April 28
Continued paving on both ramps. Sign installation.
Various activities in preparation for reopening.
Sunday, April 29
Final preparations continue before temporary ramps and bridge open to traffic.
Reopening announced to media, on project Web site and Twitter.