Last steel beam to be placed on Ohio River bridge

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by AP

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 18, 2012 at 5:13 AM

MILTON, Ky. (AP) -- The last steel beam is expected to be lifted into place this week on a new truss bridge between Milton, Ky., and Madison, Ind.
 
The steel framework will remain on temporary piers while workers build the bridge road deck. The completion target is late spring.
 
Indiana transportation official Kevin Hetrick says for the time being, there will be two bridges sitting side by side until sometime next year when workers remove the old truss and slide the new one onto existing piers. The piers are being refurbished and reused.
 
The existing bridge remains open to traffic with a 3-ton weight limit and 36-foot vehicle length restriction.
 
Kentucky transportation official Dav Kessinger says the complex method makes it possible to keep the existing bridge open while the new one is built.
 

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