Final span of Milton-Madison bridge demolished

September 19, 2013 

With threatening weather moving in, the final 600-foot section of the 84-year-old Milton-Madison Bridge was demolished slightly ahead of schedule Thursday morning, Sept. 19, 2013. Video courtesy: Milton-Madison Bridge Project

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The final 600-foot section of the old Milton-Madison bridge came down with a bang Thursday morning.

Video shows the last section of the 84-year-old bridge, sitting next to the new bridge, coming down in seconds.

The new bridge was closed during the demolition, and it reopened a little more than an hour after the explosion, according to the Milton-Madison Bridge Project website.

The truss will be retrieved from the river, dismantled and sold for scrap, according to the website. The new bridge is sitting on temporary piers. Now that the 2,427-foot-long truss of the old bridge is gone, work can begin on widening the original piers, which are being rehabilitated and reused.

When finished, the new bridge will be 40 feet wide, double the width of the old one. The final step should come later this year, when the new bridge will be slid onto the renovated original piers, according to the website.

The Milton-Madison Bridge Project is a joint effort of the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

See a video of the bridge span demolition:

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