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Milton-Madison Bridge to Close for Five Days Starting Wednesday

The 82 year old Milton-Madison Bridge will be shut down for five days this week as part of the span’s replacement project.

This is the first of two closures for the project, in which workers will replace the bridge’s truss and reinforce its existing piers. This week, they’ll take down the old approaches to the bridge.

The U.S. 421 bridge connects Milton, Kentucky and Madison, Indiana.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Andrea Clifford says bridge traffic will be rerouted during the shutdown.

“Motorists that need to cross in the Madison and Milton areas will have to detour. It’s 26 miles upstream to the Markland Locks and Dam Bridge or it’s 46 miles downstream to Louisville,” she said.

A ferry system will be in place for emergency vehicles to cross the river.

Clifford says about 8,300 vehicles cross the bridge each day. The project is scheduled for completion in 2013.

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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.