Out with the old, in with the new: Blasting resumes Aug. 1, 2013 to take down the old bridge between Milton, Ky., and Madison, Ind.
TRIMBLE COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - Thursday is the first day of August and it's also the second round of bridge blasting on the river between Milton and Madison, Ind.
The scheduled demolition is weather permitting and will be done by the same company that took down another section of the bridge last week. In order to take another part of the truss down, the new bridge will close at 9 a.m. Thursday, along with other roads in a 1,000-foot radius on both sides of the banks.
In Milton, that includes the following: the boat ramp at KY 36; KY 36 at Maple Street, at U.S. 421, and at School Hollow Road; Coopers Bottom Road west of U.S. 421; High Street between KY 36 and Coopers Bottom Road; and the alley between the Swifty station and car wash.
Also, the following roads will close in Madison: U.S. 421 at 2nd Street and at Fillmore Street, as well as Vaughn Drive between St. Michael's Driver and Ferry Street.
During the bridge closure, transportation officials advise that drivers can detour 26 miles upstream at the Markland Locks and Dam Bridge.
The roads will re-open by 11 a.m. River traffic around the bridge and air traffic below 2,000 feet will also pause during the same time frame Thursday. Once the safety perimeter is secured, sirens will sound at 10, five and one-minute intervals prior to the blast.
Pieces of the truss will be retrieved from the river, placed on barges, taken to the shore and later sold for scrap. The remainder of the 2,427-foot-long bridge will be demolished in two blasts over the next several weeks, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.