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Milton-Madison Bridge Honored Again;
Receives “Best Project” Award
December 5, 2014 - The Milton-Madison Bridge Project is getting national recognition once more. At yesterday’s National ABC (Accelerated Bridge Construction) Conference in Miami, it was named “Best Project” for 2014 in the lateral slide category. Murray Johnson, with Buckland & Taylor, accepted the award on behalf of the project team, which also includes the Indiana Department of Transportation, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Walsh Construction, Michael Baker International and Burgess & Niple.
Nearly eight months ago, the Milton-Madison Bridge, at 2,428 feet, became the longest bridge in North America — and perhaps the world — to be slid laterally into place when it was moved 55 feet from temporary piers onto refurbished permanent piers. The 30-million-pound new steel truss bridge is 40 feet wide with two 12-foot lanes and 8-foot shoulders – twice as wide as the original 1929 structure that it replaced. It also includes a new 5-foot-wide pedestrian walkway.
Ground was broken on the $103 million project in November 2010, with Indiana and Kentucky evenly splitting the cost of the project. $20 million in federal TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grants were also part of the project’s funding. Erection of the new steel truss began in September 2011.
The new bridge was officially dedicated in October of this year.
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. For more information, visit MiltonMadisonBridge.com or follow the project on Twitter.