MIlton-Madison Bridge blasting delayed - WDRB 41 Louisville News

MIlton-Madison Bridge blasting delayed

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The blasting on the old Milton-Madison Bridge has been delayed until Tuesday.

The main section of the span was scheduled to come down in a series of blasts this week, but was moved to Monday because of high water levels and a swift current on the Ohio River.  Now it's been pushed back to Tuesday.

The blasts will mean the new bridge carrying US 421 over the Ohio River between Milton, Ky. and Madison, Ind. will be closed for a few hours.

Sirens will sound at intervals before the blast.  The noise and vibration from the explosions are not expected to damage any structures nearby.  Precautions are being taken to protect the original bridge piers, which will be reused for the new bridge.  Traffic was moved last month from the old bridge to the new span.

The Ohio River near the span will be closed to traffic for a day to allow for the demolition and cleanup.  Pieces of the truss will be removed from the river and sold for scrap.

When the bridge is closed, drivers can follow detour signs either 26 miles upstream to the Markland Locks and Dam Bridge or 46 miles downstream to Louisville's Kennedy Bridge.  Drivers should also be aware that the Kennedy Bridge is also under construction.  You can check on that bridge by going to for traffic updates.

For more information on the Milton Madison Bridge, visit or follow the project on Twitter.

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