The main span of the Milton-Madison Bridge is demolished on Tuesday, July 23.
(Madison, Ind.) - Earlier this week, the main 700-foot span of the old Milton-Madison Bridge came down.
If you went to see tons of steel trusses splash down into the Ohio River and liked it, you might want to head to the bridge again on August 1.
Engineers with the Milton-Madison Bridge Project say that’s when a 550-foot section nearer the Kentucky side of the Ohio River will be demolished. It will also be brought down into the river using controlled explosives. The demolition is planned for 9:00 a.m., August 1.
The new bridge and surrounding roads are will be closed to traffic prior to the blast and are expected to reopen by 11:00 a.m. Unlike this week’s demolition which required the Ohio River to be closed to boat and barge traffic for 24 hours following the blast, the river is also expected to open at around 11:00 a.m.
The remainder of the 2,427-foot-long bridge will be demolished in a series blasts about seven days apart over the next several weeks, engineers say. Once the old truss is completely removed, the original piers will be widened to accommodate the new 40-foot-wide bridge which is currently on temporary piers.
The final step of the $103 million project comes later this year, when the new bridge will be slid onto the renovated original piers.