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VIDEO: Time Lapse Of Bridge Slide; Will Resume This Weekend

Posted On April 10, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

(Madison, Ind.) – The big bridge slide in Madison began, but was later put on hold Wednesday.

The slide of the new Milton-Madison Bridge began as the sun rose over the Ohio River, but was brought to a halt around 4:00 p.m. after it was moved about 16 feet. The bridge needs to slide a total of 55 feet before it is in place on its five refurbished, permanent piers.

VIEW THE BRIDGE SLIDE TIME-LAPSE VIDEO BELOW

Project engineers say their being cautious because of stiff winds on the river, which could tamper with the slide.

“Restraints are being reinstalled to secure the truss and steps are being taken to limit the impact wind will have when the slide resumes,” an announcement stated.

With wet and windy weather expected to continue the next couple days, engineers anticipate the slide to resume on Saturday.

The Ohio River was closed to boat and barge traffic at the bridge on Wednesday. The The U.S. Coast Guard will reopen the river to navigation until the slide resumes. A local water taxi and emergency ferry between Indiana and Kentucky is also allowed to resume service.