MADISON, IN (WAVE) - Residents from Madison, IN and the surrounding areas came out to Madison Campground Tuesday morning to watch the first of four blasts to take down the Milton-Madison Bridge.
A 700-foot section was detonated by small electrical charges around 9:05 a.m.
Will Wingfield with the Indiana Department of Transportation said the bridge, originally built in 1929, has been rapidly deteriorating.
"For the longest time semi trucks haven't been able to use the bridge and about a year ago we had to lower the weight limit to three tons," Wingfield said. "Even some pickups couldn't cross so that really had a large impact on commerce."
A crane will remove the pieces of the old bridge out of the water and place them on a barge. Once the pieces are taken to shore, the city will sell the scrap. Wingfield said the material will need to be removed within 24 hours.
When the old bridge is gone crews will slide the new bridge that is currently on top of temporary piers and place it onto the permanent piers that hold the Milton- Madison.
Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:12 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:12:05 GMT
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