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MADISON, Ind. (WDRB) -- The record-breaking slide of the Milton-Madison Bridge is complete, which means the bridge is one step closer to re-opening.
Time lapse video shows the Milton-Madison bridge moving effortlessly into place but slow it down to real time -- and it's hours and hours worth of work.
"We've had people from everywhere coming in here including engineers from overseas to witness all this," said Damon Welch, mayor of Madison.
The bridge was closed for work in early March but then remained closed after a steel bearing dislodged.
A month later, people tell WDRB they are more than ready for it to re-open.
"Yes, it's been hard on me paying the monthly bills and trying to make enough to pay the bills," said Wanda Gross, of Wanda's Gifts.
"We are dipping into my retirement in order to make the store survive," she added.
Gross said the bridge offers the only way for her Kentucky customers to visit.
"A lot of my customers come from across the way, across the bridge and everything so it's probably cut my business by 3/4. Yes, I have really suffered through this," she said.
Welch said the bridge closing has been hard on the city.
"As far as economic impact, I'm not sure we really understand how valuable it's going to be to Madison," he said.
Officials say now that the hard part is over, there are only a few more items on the to do list before traffic is flowing again.
"One of the things that needs to happen is we need to inspect the bridge to make sure it's safe to reopen to traffic, make sure that there isn't anything we didn't account for," said Will Wingfield with INDOT.
"Hopefully in 5 or 6 days, we're going to be driving across our new bridge," said Mayor Welch.
Hearing that made Wanda Gross's eyes light up.
"I am thrilled to death thinking that in only a week, we'll be open and the bridge will be open and the people will be coming back. I think we've all hung in there knowing that eventually it is going to be open. We'll get back on our feet and do better than ever."