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Slide Of 2,484-Ft. Bridge Set For Wednesday

Posted On April 08, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

Bridge crews work to jack up the southeast portion of the new Milton-Madison Bridge span. provided

Bridge crews work to jack up the southeast portion of the new Milton-Madison Bridge span.
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(Madison, Ind.) – The slide of the Milton-Madison Bridge is now scheduled for Wednesday, if the weather allows.

The process of moving the 2,484 foot bridge span 50-feet laterally from temporary piers onto the newly-refurbished, permanent piers was scheduled for Sunday. However, rainy weather delayed preparations.

The slide process is expected to begin at daybreak. It may not be as large a spectacle as the demolitions of the old bridge last year, which attracted crowds to the river banks. Project engineers say the slide will take about 16 hours to complete.

The bridge remains closed as it has been since March 11.  Once the bridge is moved onto its permanent piers, it will take approximately a week to complete inspections, road connections to the bridge and other work, keeping the U.S. 421 bridge closed until mid-April.

“We’re working diligently and carefully to move the bridge and get it reopened safely and in a timely manner,” said Kevin Hetrick, project manager for the Indiana Department of Transportation.

The video below, courtesy of the Milton-Madison Bridge Project, exhibits the slide:

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