Milton-Madison Bridge is Complete

Construction of the Milton-Madison Bridge has reached completion. Painting was finished this past week and all traffic controls have been removed.  The only thing left to do is restripe the pavement and conduct minor corrective work.

Ground was broken for the project in late 2010. The new bridge made history in April of 2014 when the nearly half-mile structure became the longest bridge in North America to be slid into place. The new bridge replaces the original bridge which first opened to traffic in 1929. Because of the innovative bridge slide, traffic was maintained across the Ohio River between Madison, Indiana and Milton, Kentucky for all but 41 days of construction.

The Milton-Madison Bridge Project – a joint effort between the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet – has received numerous awards. It recently received top honors for innovation by SASHTO, the Southern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

A half-hour documentary has aired many times recently on Kentucky Educational Television (KET) on the building of the Milton-Madison Bridge. The documentary can be viewed on line by visiting the project’s home page at or on YouTube at



Historic Milton-Madison Bridge Project Subject of Documentary


The history-making Milton-Madison Bridge Project will be featured in a 30-minute documentary on Kentucky Educational Television in early September, with a late-August sneak preview taking place in Madison, Ind.

The Milton-Madison Bridge: History on the Ohio tells the story of how a new bridge connecting the communities of Milton, Ky., and Madison, Ind., came to be built and the innovative approach that made it a reality – despite several formidable challenges.

Key figures from Indiana and Kentucky, as well as the engineering and construction firms that ultimately brought the new bridge to life, discuss the significance of the span to both communities and both states. They speak about the challenge to fund the project and the bold idea that led to the Milton-Madison Bridge becoming a construction project unmatched in North America – and perhaps the world.

From the groundbreaking ceremony in 2010 to the bridge’s opening more than three years later, the documentary chronicles the journey of a one-of-a-kind project whose success was vital to the future of both communities. In addition, there is rare footage of the 1929 dedication of the original Milton-Madison Bridge and an interview with a 100-year-old woman who participated in that ceremony.

To download broadcast-quality version of the brief video above, CLICK HERE.

In April 2014 the new Milton-Madison Bridge opened to traffic after its nearly half-mile-long truss superstructure was slid 55 feet onto refurbished piers. While there have been other bridge slides, this is the longest bridge in North America to be slid laterally into place. The new bridge is twice as wide as the old one, with two 12-foot lanes and 8-foot shoulders. It also includes a cantilevered sidewalk on the downstream side.

Air times for The Milton-Madison Bridge: History on the Ohio are:

The preview in Madison will take place at the Ohio Theatre on August 28 at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.

In addition, Madison TV15 will broadcast the documentary beginning September 4th on MetroNet Cable & Time Warner Cable (Channel 15) within Madison and Jefferson County, Indiana. Times for broadcast TBA. For more information about broadcast times in the Madison area email send an email to or call (812) 274-2073.

The documentary was produced by Doe-Anderson and Mark Crowner Productions. Persons interviewed on the program are listed in order of appearance:

The Milton-Madison Bridge Project – a joint effort between the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet – has received numerous state and national engineering awards for innovation. Spanning nearly a half mile, the truss of the Milton-Madison Bridge made history in April 2014 by being the longest bridge in North America – and perhaps the world – to be slid laterally into place.

Milton-Madison Bridge Project up for Nation’s Top Transportation Awards

Public can cast online votes for history-making, bistate project


August 18, 2015  Indiana and Kentucky’s transportation departments are encouraging the public to vote for the Milton-Madison Bridge Project in a national competition for the best transportation project.

Voting for the People’s Choice Award in the America’s Transportation Awards competition is taking place online. To vote, simply go to Each person may cast up to 10 ballots per day through September 11.

“We’re appealing to the public to cast votes for the Milton-Madison Bridge Project, because it was an innovative, cost-effective solution for replacing a bridge that was structurally deficient,” said Mike Hancock, Secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. “The method used to build the new bridge had a huge positive impact for the people in both communities and the region’s economy. It’s a winner in every sense of the word.”

The Milton-Madison Bridge Project is one of 10 finalists for the highest honors given in the America’s Transportation Awards competition. The project qualifies in two top categories. One is the National Grand Prize, honoring the nation’s top transportation project as decided by a panelist of industry experts and professionals. The other is the People’s Choice Award, which is voted on by the public through online balloting. The winner in each category receives a $10,000 donation to a charity or scholarship fund.

To reach this stage, the Milton-Madison Bridge Project was selected a regional winner in the category “Best Use of Innovation” by being the longest bridge in North America to be slid laterally into place.

“It’s an honor to reach this stage. This project was truly unique, and that’s why it has received recognition across the country. We believe we have a realistic chance to win both of the top awards,” said Brandye Hendrickson, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation.

The America’s Transportation Awards competition is co-sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the American Automobile Association (AAA) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The top two national winners will be announced in September at the AASHTO Annual Meeting in Chicago.

The new bridge was constructed next to the one it replaced, connecting the historic communities of Madison, Ind., and Milton, Ky., along the Ohio River. The old bridge, which opened in 1929, was demolished through a series of explosions. The new structure, a half-mile-long truss bridge, was slid 55 feet onto the original bridge’s piers, which had been strengthened.

The Milton-Madison Bridge Project has won numerous awards including “Project of the Year” honors from the American Society of Highway Engineers. It was also named one of the top 10 bridge projects in the country by Roads and Bridges magazine and received the Best of What’s New Award from Popular Science. For more information, visit the project’s website at



Joint Kentucky-Indiana bridge project singled out for transportation award

Milton-Madison Bridge construction recognized for innovation, quick completion


Aug. 4, 2015 – An innovative, joint project by Kentucky and Indiana to replace a deteriorating Ohio River bridge with minimal disruption of river navigation and cross-river traffic has been singled out for a prestigious transportation award.

The Milton-Madison Bridge project, which resulted in a modern, four-lane bridge connecting Milton, Kentucky and Madison, Indiana, was declared a regional winner in the America’s Transportation Awards competition. The award was presented today at the annual meeting of the Southern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (SASHTO) in Nashville, Tennessee.

“This bridge project was a massive undertaking that could have created traffic issues for the citizens of Milton and Madison for more than a year. But our dedicated project teams identified a method to decrease that impact significantly,” Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said. “I am very proud of our project teams and gratified that their fine work has been recognized outside our Commonwealth. Innovative designs and timely completion of projects are indispensable as we work to deliver a quality highway program for the citizens of Kentucky.”

The Milton-Madison project was a winner in the category of Best Use of Innovation, Medium Project. The key to the project was a construction method called “truss sliding,” in which a new 2,427-foot-long truss constructed atop temporary piers adjacent to the old bridge was slid into place atop the old bridge’s piers, which were rehabilitated. The new span was opened to traffic in 2014, making it the fastest modern-day bridge built across the Ohio River.

A need to replace the old bridge, which opened in 1929, and a desire to keep traffic flowing resulted in the innovative construction process launched in August 2008 between the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) and the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT).

After a year of environmental studies and input from community, state and federal agencies, KYTC and INDOT determined that a method called “superstructure replacement” offered the fastest and most cost-effective way to build a safe, new bridge, while having the least impact on the historic towns and the natural environment. Superstructure replacement involves building a new steel truss atop existing piers.

With a low bid of $103 million – 20 percent below the original estimate – Walsh Construction Co. of Chicago began building the new bridge in the spring of 2011.

Due to the use of innovative bidding, design and construction methods, Walsh’s design-build proposal called for the bridge to be closed for 10 days during construction, rather than the anticipated yearlong closure.

“Taking care of our existing roads and bridges requires teamwork and innovative solutions to maintain traffic and commerce,” said Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Commissioner Brandye Hendrickson. “Having industry compete over closure days prompted the truss-sliding solution that greatly minimized impacts on both sides of the Ohio River.”

Now in its eighth year, the America’s Transportation Awards competition – sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce –  recognizes the best of America’s transportation projects in three main categories: Ahead of Schedule, Under Budget, and Best Use of Innovation.

As a regional winner, the Milton-Madison Bridge Project will also be considered for inclusion in the national “Top Ten.” The 10 projects with highest overall scores will be announced later in August. Finalists will then compete for the Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Awards. The winning state transportation agencies each earn a $10,000 prize to support a non-profit organization. The awards are featured at