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Milton-Madison Bridge Project named
“Project of the Year”
November 17, 2014 – The American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE), Great Lakes Region has recognized the Milton-Madison Bridge Project with its prestigious “Project of the Year” award. The honor was awarded last month at ASHE’s annual OTEC Luncheon in Columbus, Ohio. Patrick Osborne, with Michael Baker International, accepted the award on behalf of the project team, which includes the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), Michael Baker International and Walsh Construction.
At 2,428 feet long, the Milton-Madison Bridge 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 in April of this year. 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 5-foot-wide cantilevered pedestrian walkway.
Ground was broken on the $103 million project in November 2010. Indiana and Kentucky evenly split the cost of the project, which also benefitted from a $20 million federal TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant. Work on the new steel truss began in September 2011.
The new bridge was officially dedicated last month in a ceremony headed by the governors of Indiana and Kentucky, as well as several local, state and federal dignitaries.
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.