VIDEO: Milton-Madison Bridge Is Open
By Mike Perleberg
(Madison, Ind.) – The Milton-Madison Bridge is finally back open to traffic.
After a month-long closure, the new bridge reopened at about 7:20 Thursday evening. Project engineers had been planning to open it at 11:59 p.m.
Crews had spent the last week sliding the 2,484-foot-long bridge and making new ramp connections.
A line of vehicles lined up on both sides of the bridge as the opening approached, filled with area residents who wanted to be among the first to cross the new bridge in its place atop permanent piers.
SEE VIDEO OF THE BRIDGE OPENING BELOW FROM 95.3 WIKI IN MADISON.
There is no weight limit for the Ohio River U.S 421 bridge, but vehicles crossing it do have to adhere to a 20 MPH speed limit as the bridge remains a work zone.
The $131 million project, which began with an official groundbreaking on November 30, 2010, still has some work left to be done, including the installation of a cantilevered pedestrian walkway.