Old pier will be blasted to make way for bridge

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Associated Press

Posted on January 20, 2014 at 10:01 PM

MILTON, Ky. (AP) — A pier that is part of the original Milton-Madison bridge that spans the Ohio River is set to be demolished to make way for a revamped span.

The 92-foot-high pier will be removed with two blasts, the first aimed at taking down the portion above the water line. That detonation is scheduled to occur on Wednesday afternoon.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says a second blast will remove remaining portions of the pier under water.

The bridge's three other original piers have been strengthened and are being reused. The pier that is being removed has been replaced with a new land pier in Madison, Ind.

The bridge is sitting on temporary piers and will be slid onto the refurbished piers in the coming weeks.

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