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How to get across the Ohio River during the Milton-Madison Bridge closure

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The new bridge on the right will be slid in place where the old bridge once stood. The old bridge on the left no longer exists. (Source: WAVE 3 News file photo) The new bridge on the right will be slid in place where the old bridge once stood. The old bridge on the left no longer exists. (Source: WAVE 3 News file photo)
This map shows the route Indiana drivers would take from the Milton-Madison Bridge to the Markland Locks and Dam in Switzerland Co. (Source: Google Maps) This map shows the route Indiana drivers would take from the Milton-Madison Bridge to the Markland Locks and Dam in Switzerland Co. (Source: Google Maps)
This map shows the route Indiana drivers would take from the Milton-Madison Bridge to the Kennedy Bridge. (Source: Google Maps) This map shows the route Indiana drivers would take from the Milton-Madison Bridge to the Kennedy Bridge. (Source: Google Maps)

MADISON, IN (WAVE) - Drivers seeking an alternate route across the Ohio River from the Madison, Indiana or Milton, Kentucky areas have a couple of options while the Milton-Madison Bridge is closed, but both of them are time-consuming.

The first option from Madison involves taking Indiana 56 east from the Milton-Madison Bridge. Eventually, it becomes Indiana 156. Take a right at the Markland Locks and Dam, and cross the bridge on Kentucky 1039. That route is an estimated 26 miles.

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The second option from Madison would take drivers along Indiana 56 west from the Milton-Madison Bridge to Scottsburg where drivers would take Interstate 65 south to the Kennedy Bridge in Jeffersonville. This route is approximately 46 miles.

Drivers are urged to allow extra time to commute for the duration of the Milton-Madison Bridge closure.

Ferry service is planned to transport emergency vehicles only across the river. The ferry boat is traveling the Ohio River from the Cincinnati area and is expected to begin service by Wednesday evening.

Residents are asked to stay clear of Ferry Street near the Milton boat ramp and the temporary Ferry Street landing in Madison to allow access for emergency vehicles if necessary.

The Milton boat ramp will also be closed to the public during the bridge closure.

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