Milton-Madison Bridge closed until further notice


by WHAS11/News Release

Posted on March 11, 2014 at 6:18 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 11 at 7:01 PM

MADISON, Ind./Milton, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The Milton-Madison Bridge will be closed until further notice after a man was injured while working on the bridge.

Officials stopped traffic across the bridge early Tuesday morning, around 3 a.m., after the accident.
Kentucky transportation officials said a steel bearing dislodged between a pier and the bridge. This incident happened at Pier 2, the first land pier on the Milton, Ky., side of the Ohio River.

The worker was taken to Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison and is expected to be OK. The worker was released from the hospital Tuesday morning.

Since the bridge will be closed until further notice, signs were posted to mark the detours put in place for drivers. The detours are as follows: Markland Locks and Dam Bridge connecting Kentucky Route 1039 and Indiana State Road 101, 26 miles upstream, or the I-65 Kennedy Bridge in Louisville, 46 miles downstream.

“We recognize this is a major inconvenience for people who rely on the bridge regularly,” says Dav Kessinger, project manager for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.  “We’re working diligently with Walsh, the construction contractor, to resolve this issue and to safely reopen the bridge as quickly as possible.”

Walsh’s contract allows 10 closure days and Tuesday’s closure is the fourth charged closure day since the project started.  A decision to reopen the bridge will be based on safety. 

The new bridge superstructure is currently resting on top of temporary pier 2. Structural engineers with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and subcontractors Buckland & Taylor and Burgess & Niple are assessing the structural condition of the bridge. The engineers are considering several options for reopening the bridge as soon as possible.

A ferry service is planned to transport emergency vehicles only across the river. Residents are asked to stay clear of Ferry Street near the Milton boat ramp and the temporary Ferry Street landing in Madison to allow access for emergency vehicles if necessary.

Click here to watch the live web cam at the Milton-Madison Bridge.