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Public Meeting on Milton-Madison Bridge Project Set For Thursday

A public meeting will be held tomorrow to announce traffic changes related to the upcoming closure of the Milton-Madison Bridge and an overview of construction activities.

The 82 year old Ohio River bridge connecting Milton, Kentucky and Madison, Indiana is getting a new superstructure (pictured) and its existing piers are being reinforced.

Greg Prince with the Indiana Department of Transporation says the work will require the bridge to be closed for five days next month.

“Those dates are April 25 through 29 and the closure is subject to change, depending on weather conditions and river levels,” he said.

During that time motorists will have to detour 26 miles upstream to the Markland Locks and Dam Bridge or downstream to Louisville.

Another five-day closure is also scheduled before the construction work is finished in 2013.

The public meeting will be held at 6:00pm tomorrow at the Brown Gym in Madison, Indiana.

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Bridge Inspection Could Wind Down Soon

Engineers could finish their inspection of the closed Sherman Minton Bridge in a week or so.

The Interstate 64 span was shut down by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels on September 9th after a structural crack was discovered.
The crack, which dates back to the 1960s when the bridge was built, has been fixed.

Officials said last week that inspectors are on track to finish examining the bridge soon.

They will then determine the extent of the repair job, but say the bridge won’t have to be replaced.

Kathy Eaton-McKalip with the Indiana Department of Transportation says her agency is bracing for all possible outcomes.

“We are planning for a transition for a longer-term closure, if required. We want to be proactive and not reactive on this. So we want to be prepared for anything that may get thrown at us,” she said last week.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood visited the bridge Friday. City, state and federal elected officials have personally lobbied President Obama for help getting the bridge reopened quickly.