Section of Milton-Madison bridge demolished

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by Associated Press and WHAS11 editors

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 7:20 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 24 at 7:49 AM

MILTON, Ky. (AP and WHAS11) -- Workers have demolished a 700-foot section of the old Milton, Ky.-Madison, Ind., bridge using controlled explosives. Hundreds poured into the waterfront to watch the implosion. Many called the event a once in a lifetime moment.

Transportation officials say the new U.S. 421 bridge and several roads with a 1,000-foot safety perimeter were closed before the blast.

Concerns over weather conditions moved the demolition up about 10 minutes.  The main span of the Old Milton Madison Bridge was demolished. The bridge was built in 1929.

As soon as the blast went off the onlooker erupted into cheers.

"It was awesome. The bridge just sort of jumped off the piers," Paul May said.

"I just loved it when it feel down," one child said.

Madison Mayor Damon Welch was early waiting from the implosion. He described watching the demolition as amazing.

The new $100 million Ohio River bridge and affected roads reopened around 11 a.m. on Thursday.

This was the first of four span demolitions on the bridge. Each secretion will be demolished one at a time over the next several weeks in preparation for the sliding of the new Milton Madison Bridge, which set for the Fall.

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