Louisville – A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Tuesday for the Milton-Madison bridge project
on the Ohio River east of Louisville. The new bridge will replace the narrow, 81 year old span that connects Milton, Kentucky and Madison, Indiana. The Indiana Transportation Department's Will Wingfield says original plans called for the existing bridge to be closed for a year, but contractors have found a way to cut the downtime to just ten days.
"The bridge will be built on temporary piers immediately next to the existing bridge, and then once the existing bridge is removed, it will be slid into place onto the existing piers, which will be strengthened."
The project should be complete by the fall of 2012. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will joins the governors of Kentucky and Indiana for the groundbreaking.