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A dedication ceremony for the Milton-Madison Bridge will be held Tuesday, October 28 at 2:30 p.m. in Madison. The public is invited to join Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Indiana Governor Mike Pence, along with other dignitaries, as they highlight the innovative method used to build the new bridge. The ceremony will be held on Vaughn Drive in Madison, just east of the bridge.
Sliding a half-mile bridge weighing 30 million pounds is not only an amazing feet, it’s historic. When the Milton-Madison Bridge slid 55 feet onto permanent piers, it was the largest bridge slide of its type in North America, perhaps the world. On April 10, 2014, the historic slide of the Milton-Madison Bridge was complete. The time-lapse video on the right shows this incredible engineering task in about a minute.
On April 17, 2014, the new Milton-Madison Bridge reopened permanently. This followed the historic slide that took place a week earlier, during which the half-mile bridge was slid laterally 55 feet on top of permanent piers. This is the longest bridge slide of its type in North America. To celebrate the bridge opening, Tony McClellan from the Indiana Dep’t of Transportation and Matt Bullock of the Kentucky Transportation Dep’t produced this video to highlight this historic project and to commemorate the reopening.