The new bridge deck is seen to the left of the old Milton-Madison Bridge. Traffic was directed onto the new deck for the first time Monday night, June 3.
Milton-Madison Bridge Project
(Madison, Ind.) - It’s a landmark day in Madison.
Three years ago, construction began on the $103 million reconstruction of the Milton-Madison Bridge over the Ohio River.
At about 9:30 Monday night, crews switched traffic on the bridge from the old bridge deck, to the new 40-foot wide bridge deck. To access the new bridge, drivers are using the newly-constructed permanent approaches.
"The next step involves removing the deck of the old bridge and then they'll start removal of the steel truss of the old bridge," said Andrea Clifford, public information officer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
The removal will be done using controlled demolitions to prevent damage to the new bridge. Pieces of the old bridge will drop into the river then pulled out by barges, Clifford said.
Once that is done, the new deck will be slid from temporary bridge piers onto the rehabilitated permanent piers in mid-July, if weather and other circumstances cooperate.