VIDEO: Milton-Madison Bridge Slide Completed; Could Open Next Week
By Mike Perleberg
(Madison, Ind.) – The largest bridge slide in North American and maybe world history has been completed.
Weather conditions cooperated enough Thursday that the oft-delayed 55-foot lateral slide of the 30 million pound, 2,484 foot long Milton-Madison Bridge was completed. The slide process started on Wednesday, but was temporarily halted because of strong winds on the river.
YOU CAN SEE A TIME LAPSE VIDEO OF THE COMPLETE BRIDGE SLIDE BELOW< COURTESY OF THE MILTON-MADISON BRIDGE PROJECT.
“It’s great to see the bridge completed and sitting in its permanent location,” said Dav Kessinger, project manager for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. “This bridge will serve the area well for decades to come.”
“This is truly a historic accomplishment for everyone involved,” said Kevin Hetrick, project manager for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT). “The people of Indiana and Kentucky should be proud to be a part of this amazing engineering feat.”
With the bridge now in place on its permanent piers across the Ohio River, crews will begin making ramp connections. Inspections will also be performed before the bridge reopens to traffic sometime next week.
A five foot wide cantilevered pedestrian walkway will be added to the bridge in coming months.
The new Milton-Madison Bridge replaces the original structure which was built in 1929, then demolished last year.