By Mike Perleberg
The second to last span of the old Milton-Madison Bridge was sent plummeting into the Ohio River below on Thursday, September 5. The final span will be demolished on Thursday, September 19.
Milton-Madison Bridge Project
(Madison, Ind.) - The lone remaining span of the old Milton-Madison Bridge is set to be demolished on Thursday morning, September 19.
There have been three prior blasts bringing down the old bridge span as crews prepare to slide a new span into its place in the coming weeks.
The lone remaining 600-foot span is near the Kentucky side of the Ohio River. The demolition will take place at about 9:00 a.m. Thursday, project officials announced Friday.
Just as has been in place during the other recent explosive demolitions, there will be a 1,000-foot safety perimeter around the blast zone. Traffic on the new Milton-Madison Bridge will be shut down prior to the blast up until about 11:00 a.m.
When the blast occurs, it will send the span falling into the Ohio River and river bank below. The truss will be retrieved from the water, dismantled and sold for scrap.
Once the old truss is out of the way, the original bridge piers will be widened to accommodate the new 40-foot-wide bridge which is currently on temporary piers. The final step comes later this year, when the new bridge will be slid onto the renovated original piers.
The new $103 million bridge project between the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will b completed later this year.