Milton, Ky. (WKYT) - Traffic will soon flow again across the Ohio River that connects Kentucky to Indiana.
Weather permitting, the bridge will be reopened to all motorists at midnight Friday, April 18th.
Spanning nearly a half mile, the truss of the Milton-Madison Bridge is the longest bridge in North America, and perhaps the world, to be slid laterally into place. It was slid 55 feet from temporary piers onto refurbished piers. The 30-million pound, new steel truss bridge is 2,428 feet long and 40-feet wide with two 12-foot lanes and 8-foot shoulders, twice as wide as the old bridge. A 5-foot-wide sidewalk will be added, and will open this summer.
There will be additional work following the reopening, which includes completion of the pier caps, removal of the temporary piers, installation of measures to protect the refurbished piers and some painting. As a result, the bridge is still considered a work zone and has a speed limit of 20 miles per hour. Drivers will also encounter some occasional lane shifts. Motorists are urged to proceed with caution while the bridge remains an active work zone.
The original Milton-Madison Bridge opened in 1929.