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New Milton-Madison bridge opens to traffic

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After two years of construction, drivers will finally be allowed to use the new Milton-Madison Bridge. After two years of construction, drivers will finally be allowed to use the new Milton-Madison Bridge.
Drivers line up along U.S. 421 in Milton, Ky., awaiting the new Milton-Madison bridge span to open to traffic Monday evening.  Bennett Haeberle/WDRB News. Drivers line up along U.S. 421 in Milton, Ky., awaiting the new Milton-Madison bridge span to open to traffic Monday evening. Bennett Haeberle/WDRB News.
First drivers cross the new span of the Milton-Madison bridge Monday night. First drivers cross the new span of the Milton-Madison bridge Monday night.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After two years of construction, drivers will finally be allowed to use the new Milton-Madison Bridge. The span opened just after 9:30 p.m. Monday. It is the new bridge decking on temporary piers that later will be moved to reinforced piers from the old bridge.

Crews spent Monday painting, striping and cleaning up the road.

Onlookers even showed up to get a view of the work, some even using binoculars. One viewer, Fred Black, told WDRB's Valerie Chinn he was impressed.

"It's kind of unbelievable," Black said. "But I guess it's never been done to this degree before.  But it's impressive, and quite enjoyable to watch it transpire." 

And Shirley Black said, "When it's all completed and they have the new bridge, I think it's well worth the delays they're putting up with."

Drivers have been using temporary ramps to gain access to the old bridge for the past year. Now both the Kentucky and Indiana sides will have permanent ramps. As soon as drivers are allowed on the new bridge, workers will start demolishing the old one.

The new bridge is twice as wide as the old bridge, spanning 40 feet, and it has two 12-foot lanes and 8-foot shoulders. 

"The weight limit will increase from three tons up to 15 tons," said Andrea Clifford with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.  "So large box trucks will be able to use the bridge again.  No semis will be able to use the bridge until after it's slid into its permanent location."

The final step comes later this summer, when the new bridge will be slid onto the renovated existing piers.

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