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Milton-Madison Bridge shut down impacts businesses near the river

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Businesses near the bridge are feeling the impact of the closure. Businesses near the bridge are feeling the impact of the closure.
On a typical day Hudson Auto Sales has a prime location. On a typical day Hudson Auto Sales has a prime location.
Kevin Hudson Kevin Hudson
Albert Alley Albert Alley
Ken Volz Ken Volz

MADISON, IN (WAVE) – There's still no word on how long the Milton-Madison Bridge will remain shut-down. What would normally be a 15 minute commute has turned into an hour and a half for some drivers and businesses near the bridge are feeling the impact of the closure.

Places like Hudson Auto Sales in Madison depend on drive by traffic and since the shut down, their business has been cut by at least 75 percent.

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On a typical day Hudson Auto Sales has a prime location.

"Most of our sales are from people just seeing something on the lot, which we own both sides of the road, so the highway kind of goes right through the middle of our lot which is an ideal situation until there ain't no highway," said Kevin Hudson, Hudson Auto Sales owner.

Just one car is not what the mechanics are used to on a sunny Friday. "It pretty well shuts us down," said mechanic Albert Alley.

Hudson, who lives in Milton, was already preparing for the bridge to close on Friday. "Well we kind of planned on staying over here, we reserved a hotel room, but then we didn't have it for the first few days of it, so we're driving around," said Hudson.

Forget the more than double commute Hudson has a better idea. "I'm going to be over here, my wife is still staying in Kentucky so when I just got to go back and visit I'm going to hop in the kayak by myself and drive across and have her pick me up on the other side," said Hudson.

The unexpected closure came three days earlier than planned after a steel bearing came loose between a pier and the bridge. With no way to get across from Milton to Madison drivers options are limited. It's 26 miles upstream at the Markland Locks and Dam Bridge or 46 miles downstream to the I-65 Kennedy Bridge in Louisville.

The bridge will remain closed until crews move the span 55 feet to the renovated piers.

Over at Kel-Del Liquors in Madison, Ken Volz appreciates the business from the Bluegrass.

"Kentucky people are known to drink a little bit sometimes," said Volz.

Trimble County is dry, so the closest place to grab a six pack is across the river and Volz said he's ready for his Kentucky customers to walk through the door.

"We want to seem them back," said Volz.

Contractors are still working on a plan to re-install the barring that came loose. Once that is complete they will focus on the sliding the bridge.

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