By Mike Perleberg
The image on the left shows the explosives going off in the demolition of the lone remaining span of the old Milton-Madison Bridge. On the right, the fallen span can barely be seen protruding from the water. The final demolition took place Thursday morning, September 19.
Milton-Madison Bridge Project
(Madison, Ind.) - The fourth and final blast of the old Milton-Madison Bridge took place a little earlier than planned Thursday morning.
There have been three prior blasts over the last couple months on the old U.S. 421 bridge over the Ohio River. Thursday’s demolition near the Kentucky side sent a 600-foot span into the water below at about 8:30 a.m. Crews then got to work retrieving the truss, which will be cut up and sold as scrap.
The explosion demolition bringing down the last span of the 84-year-old bridge had been planned for 9:00 a.m., but project officials decided to move it up because of impending rain. Engineers said the rain began to fall just as the bridge fell.
Now that the old bridge has been completely removed, crews will begin rehabilitating and widening the old bridge piers. The new 40-foot wide bridge – it now rests on temporary piers adjacent to the old ones – will be slid onto the permanent piers in the coming weeks.
The new Milton-Madison Bridge, which traffic has been travelling on for the past few months, was shut down following the blast. It reopened at about 10:00 a.m.