Pier demolition scheduled at Milton-Madison Bridge

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Associated Press

Posted on January 22, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 22 at 7:02 PM

MADISON, Ind. (AP) — Demolition of an original Milton-Madison Bridge pier has been postponed.

The work is being done as workers prepare to slide the 2,400-foot-long bridge into its new location across the Ohio River.

The work had been scheduled for Thursday afternoon but now is planned for next week.

Transportation officials in Kentucky and Indiana say the 92-foot-tall pier will be toppled above the water line with a blast. The bridge will be closed for about 10 minutes because of the demolition.

A second blast later in the week will fracture portions of the pier under water so they can be taken out and hauled away.

Three other original piers have been strengthened and are being reused, with the bridge to be slid onto the refurbished piers in coming weeks. The pier being demolished has been replaced with a new land pier in Madison.

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