Milton-Madison Bridge to be closed through first week of April - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Milton-Madison Bridge to be closed through first week of April

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - The Milton-Madison Bridge will remain closed through the first week of April, according to a press release.

Construction crews have jacked up the Milton-Madison Bridge and replaced a steel bearing that dislodged last week. The jacking began Friday afternoon and took nearly 15 hours to complete as the southeast corner of the bridge was raised nearly one foot.

"The jacking process went as expected," said Dave Kessinger, project manager for Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. "With this work completed, the focus is now on preparations for sliding the main truss."

Crews will continue installing sliding harnesses, which was in progress when the bearing dislodged, to prepare for the main slide.

Meanwhile, Walsh Construction continues to work as they are able on other tasks that must be completed before the bridge reopens to traffic.

The nearly half-mile steel truss will be slid laterally 55 feet onto refurbished permanent piers. Once the slide is completed, the bridge will remain closed while crews connect the bridge to its permanent location.

Traffic currently detours across the Markland Locks and Dam Bridge or to the I-65 Kennedy Bridge in Louisville.

A ferry has been providing transportation across the river for emergency vehicles. Residents are asked to keep Ferry Street and the boat ramps clear on both sides of the river.

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