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Vaughn Drive, High Street reopen
Vaughn Drive in Madison, Ind., and High Street in Milton, Ky., near the Milton-Madison Bridge reopened late Thursday afternoon, August 7. The two roads have been closed since bridge construction began in early 2011.
The opening of the roads is one more sign the project is close to completion. As they remove construction trailers and supply areas, Walsh Construction crews are restoring the Madison riverfront along Vaughn Drive and the Milton boat launch, which now includes a new dock.
Construction crews are still working on several other tasks, including truss painting, removal of temporary structures, and installing the pedestrian sidewalk and handrails on the west side of the bridge.
The historic slide of the Milton-Madison Bridge took place in April of this year, as the nearly half-mile-long truss was slid 55 feet from temporary piers onto permanent refurbished piers.
The Milton-Madison Bridge Project – a joint effort between the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet – has received numerous awards. It was named one of the top 10 bridge projects in the country by Roads & Bridges magazine, received a 2012 Best of What’s New Award from Popular Science magazine and received several state and national engineering awards for innovation. For more information, visit MiltonMadisonBridge.com or follow the project on Twitter.