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Milton-Madison Bridge slide slated to begin

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MILTON, KY (WAVE) – Plans to replace a five-foot square truss bearing that dislodged on a bridge Tuesday are in place.

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Indiana Department of Transportation, workers will use jacks to lift the southeast corner of the new Milton-Madison Bridge steel truss which will allow for the bridge slide.

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The slide is scheduled for Thursday morning and will involve moving a nearly half-mile steel truss laterally 55 feet onto permanent piers. After the slide workers will pour concrete, install expansion joints and strip pavement to connect the bridge to permanent approaches.

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KYTC and INDOT said the new steel truss bridge is twice as wide as the old bridge, measuring at 2,428 feet long and 40 feet wide with two 12-foot lanes and eight-foot shoulders.

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U.S. 421 will remain closed as crews work on the bridge. A ferry is stationed at the bridge to allow transportation for emergency vehicles during the closure.

Expert engineers from Buckland & Taylor, Burgess & Niple and Michael Baker Corporation said once the bridge slides in place it will be safe to reopen, but an official date for the opening has not been set.

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