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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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Milton-Madison Bridge Meeting Postponed

The public meeting on the Milton-Madison Bridge project scheduled for this evening has been postponed due to inclement weather.

The meeting will be held next Tuesday, January 18, from 6-8pm at New Milton Elementary School.

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Ground Broken On Milton-Madison Bridge Project

By Sheila Ash

Construction will soon begin on a new Ohio River bridge connecting Kentucky and Indiana that will replace an 81 year old span.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood joined Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear to break ground for a new Milton, Kentucky-Madison, Indiana bridge.

The project was awarded a 20 million dollar federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery or TIGER grant.

LaHood says the bridge will improve the quality of life for area citizens.

“Your tax dollars are being well spent because it not only fixes up aging infrastructure and an aging bridge and replaces it, but it puts your friends and neighbors to work in good paying jobs,” he said.

The new, wider bridge will feature accommodations for bicyclists and pedestrians. The 103 million dollar bridge is expected to be completed by September 2012.

(Illustrations of new bridge courtesy of the Milton-Madison Bridge Project)

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Groundbreaking Tuesday For Milton-Madison Bridge Project

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will join the governors of Kentucky and Indiana Tuesday to break ground on the Milton-Madison Bridge project.

The more than $100 million project will replace the two-lane bridge’s superstructure and reinforce its piers.

Will Wingfield with the Indiana Department of Transportation says most of the new bridge will be built alongside the original, 81 year old span, then slid into place on the existing support structure.

“Because of the innovative constuction plan that our contractors brought to us, we’ll be able to keep the bridge open to traffic all but approximately ten days during constuction, which is a significant decrease from the anticipated year long closure that we were originally planning for,” he said.

The project is scheduled for completion in September of 2012. The bridge connects Milton, Kentucky and Madison, Indiana.

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Planners Speed Up Milton-Madison Bridge Project

by Stephanie Crosby

The entities working on replacing most of the bridge between Madison, Indiana and Milton, Kentucky are speeding up the process. Today they announced the release of what’s called a design-build contract.

Tim Sorenson is the Deputy Project Manager with the firm that has been handling the bridge design so far. He says they’ve done about thirty-percent of the planning.

Now, they’re going to pass that on to potential bidders to construct the bridge. He says a design-build contract allows a contractor to complete the design phase during construction, which speeds the process up considerably.

“The environmental process was supposed to take four or five years when we started three years ago,” says Sorenson, “and now in five years, we’re going to have a new bridge in place.”

Sorenson says the timeline needed to be truncated to use 20-million dollars in stimulus funds allocated for the project.

He says they hope to select a contractor in September and start construction soon after.

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Milton-Madison Bridge Project Moves Ahead

by Stephanie Crosby

The Milton-Madison Bridge Project is moving forward, after getting environmental clearance from the Federal Highway Administration.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesperson Chuck Wolfe says the approval is required by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1970.

“There has to be documentation on the front end of a project that it is not going to significantly adversely affect the environment,” says Wolfe, “and this is required in order to get federal approval to move ahead with the project.”

Wolfe says both Kentucky and Indiana are working to secure a federal grant of 20-million dollars in stimulus funds to replace the superstructure of the bridge between Milton, Kentucky and Madison, Indiana.

They hope to begin construction this fall, with the bridge being closed for the project in the fall of 2011. The total cost of the project is 131-million dollars.

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Ferry Service Proposed During Milton-Madison Bridge Closure

Many motorists who drive across the bridge connecting Milton, Kentucky and Madison, Indiana could be temporarily ferried across the Ohio River in 2011.

Transportation officials in Kentucky and Indiana are proposing a ferry service that would operate during the scheduled replacement of the bridge’s superstructure.

Kentucky Department of Transportation spokesperson Andrea Clifford says if federal stimulus funds are secured as hoped, preliminary work on the project would begin in mid-2010.

“But in early 2011 we would have to start removing the current superstructure, and at that time in order to help mitigate the impact, we would provide a free ferry service,” she said.

“We would run two ferries during the day, most of the day, and maybe one ferry during the overnight hours. Each ferry could accomodate up to about 24 cars, and it takes about 12 minutes to load, get across the river and unload. So during the peak hours we could carry about 240 cars an hour.”

Clifford says officials want to hear public input on the ferry proposal via an on-line poll.

A photo of the proposed ferry route can be seen here.