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LOUISVILLE, Ky.- With threatening weather moving in, the final 600-foot section of the 84-year-old Milton-Madison Bridge was demolished slightly ahead of schedule this week.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.- With threatening weather moving in, the final 600-foot section of the 84-year-old Milton-Madison Bridge was demolished slightly ahead of schedule this morning.

The old bridge came down at 8:30 a.m., about a half hour ahead of the scheduled 9:00 a.m. blast. The new bridge - which is currently sitting on temporary piers immediately downstream from where the old bridge stood - reopened to traffic at about 9:45 a.m.

The demolished span will be retrieved from the river, dismantled and sold for scrap.

Now that the entire 2,427-foot-long truss has been removed, work will begin on widening the original piers, which are being rehabilitated and reused. Pier caps will be added to the original piers to accommodate the new 40-foot-wide bridge. The old bridge was just 20 feet wide.

The final step comes later this year, when the new bridge will be slid onto the renovated original piers in what is believed to be the longest bridge slide ever to occur in North America.


video courtesy miltonmadisonbridge.com

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