UPDATE: Milton-Madison Bridge Pier To Be Demolished Next Week
By Mike Perleberg
Update posted Thursday, January 23 at 8:46 a.m.:
In preparation for the upcoming bridge slide, the only remaining original
Milton-Madison Bridge pier is scheduled to be demolished early next week.
Project officials say the demo could happen Monday , January 27 or Tuesday, January 28, weather permitting.
Cold weather has been hampering efforts to schedule the blast for this week. Demolition will require a brief bridge closure lasting approximately 10 minutes.
Update posted Wednesday, January 22 at 8:30 a.m.:
The demolition that had been scheduled for this afternoon at the Milton-Madison Bridge is being pushed back until Thursday, January 23. Project leaders are blaming weather for the delay.
The U.S. 421 bridge over the Ohio River will be shut down for approximately 10 minutes surrounding the controlled explosive demolition.
Original story posted Monday, January 20 at 10:27 a.m.:
(Madison, Ind.) – The final blasts at the Milton-Madison Bridge are scheduled to take place this week.
The last remaining pier from the original U.S. 421 bridge over the Ohio River will be partially demolished at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, weather permitting. The blast had been scheduled for Tuesday, January 21, but forecasted snow postponed the plans.
When it does happen, the controlled explosive demolition will cause the above-water portion of the unneeded 92-foot tall pier to fall towards the Indiana shoreline. Once the old pier is safely resting on the shoreline, it will be broken into smaller pieces and hauled off site.
The Milton-Madison Bridge will only be shut down for about 10 minutes during the demo. An 800-foot safety perimeter around the pier will be in effect.
A second demolition later this week will crumble the underwater portion of that pier. Those fragments will also be removed.
The new 2,427-foor bridge span is currently sitting atop temporary piers. Once the old pier is demolished, the span will be slid onto three refurbished original piers. That process is currently expected to occur in mid-February, completing the three-year, $131 million bridge replacement project.