Crews work on deconstructing the old Milton-Madison Bridge. The main span of the bridge will be demolished with explosives on July 17.
Milton-Madison Bridge Project
Update posted Tuesday, July 16 at 3:49 p.m.:
(Madison, Ind.) - Yet again, the demolition of the main span of the Milton-Madison Bridge has been postponed.
The explosive demolition was originally scheduled for Wednesday, then Monday it was moved to Thursday. Today, bridge project officials say the demolition is now planned for next Monday, July 22 at 9:00 a.m.
The demolition could be further delayed if high water levels and a swift current on the Ohio River do not recede. The demolition of the 700 foot main span of the old bridge will require crews to retrieve pieces of the bridge from beneath the river surface.
Eagle 99.3's sister station, 95.3 WIKI in Madison, will have live broadcast coverage of the bridge demolition.
Update posted Monday, July 15 at 2:04 p.m.:
The demolition of the main span of the Milton Madison Bridge has been postponed.
The explosive demolition was scheduled for Wednesday, but it has now been pushed back to Thursday at 9:00 a.m. Project leaders say the high Ohio River levels forced the delay.
When it does happen, the demolition of the 700-foot main span of the old Milton-Madison Bridge will be viewable to the public as it crashes into the water below. The Ohio River will be shut down to river traffic for 24 hours following the demolition to allow crews to retrieve the remnants from the water.
Vehicle traffic on the new Milton-Madison Bridge will be stopped for two hours surrounding the demolition.
Original story posted Wednesday, July 10 at 9:02 a.m.:
(Madison, Ind.) - The main span of the old Milton-Madison Bridge is scheduled to be demolished on Wednesday, July 17, the first in a series of blasts to bring down the 2,427-foot-long steel structure.
Officials with the bridge project say that, weather permitting, the approximately 700 foot main span of the bridge over the Ohio River will be demolished with explosives. The blast conducted by Explosives Demolition Inc. will detonate the charges in intervals to control the director of the bridge’s fall into the river water below.
The demolition of the 84-year-old bridge is expected to last only a few seconds.
The blast will require the temporary closing of the adjacent new bridge that carries U.S. 421. A 1,000-foot safety perimeter will require the adjacent new bridge to be temporarily closed for a few hours. An FAA no fly zone of 2,000 feet will also be in effect prior to and during the blast.
Spectators will be able to watch the demolition in-person, however, local police and fire departments will strictly enforce the perimeter. Any spectators entering that zone once cleared will postpone the demolition.
The noise and vibration from the blast is not expected to be enough to damage any nearby structures.
During the bridge closure, drivers can follow the signed truck detour to the nearest crossing, either 26 miles upstream at the Markland Locks and Dam Bridge or the Kennedy Bridge in Louisville, 46 miles downstream.
Once the old bridge is fully removed, construction crews will slide the new bridge span from its temporary piers onto the old, refurbished bridge piers. The project is expected to be completed later this summer.