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The Milton-Madison Bridge reopened to all motorists at 7:20 p.m. Thursday, April 17. Vehicles lined up on either side of the bridge for the opportunity to be among the first to cross the bridge, which was slid 55 feet from temporary piers onto its permanent refurbished piers one week before. The video on the right highlights the reopening.
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.