UPDATE: Bridge Slide Delayed Until Next Week; Blame The Rain
By Mike Perleberg
Update published Friday, April 4 at 12:28 p.m.:
Rainy weather has delayed the planned slide of the Milton-Madison Bridge.
The 50-foot lateral slide of the 2,484-foot long bridge was scheduled to take place Sunday, April 6, however, rain has slowed down preparations for the move.
The slide is now eyed for early next week, bridge project engineers announced Friday.
Original story published Thursday, April 3 at 7:33 a.m.:
(Madison, Ind.) – The much-anticipated slide of the Milton-Madison Bridge will happen this weekend, weather permitting.
The bridge between Indiana and Kentucky has been closed since Tuesday, March 11.
This week, the Indiana Department of Transportation announced that the slide of the 2,428-foot long span has been tentatively scheduled for Sunday morning, April 6. Crews are working on final preparations for the 50-foot lateral slide as weather allows.
Engineers expect the slide to take about 16 hours to complete. However, the Milton-Madison Bridge is expected to remain closed through the middle of this month as new bridge ramp connections are made.
A 100-foot section of the bridge was moved into place on March 13. You can see a time-lapse video of that process here.
Commuters have largely been using the Markland Dam Bridge or the Interstate 65 bridge in Louisville. Some folks looking to get across the river have been utilizing a new, temporary ferry service funded by the City of Madison which began operating Monday.