Milton-Madison Bridge emergency closure following beam shift

Posted On March 11, 2014

-UPDATE (6:15am)-

MADSION, Ind. (KYTC) – The U.S. 421 Milton-Madison Bridge across the Ohio River between Madison, Ind., and Milton, Ky., is closed effective immediately and until further notice. The official detours are the Markland Locks and Dam Bridge connecting Kentucky Route 1039 and Indiana State Road 101, 26 miles upstream, or the I-65 Kennedy Bridge in Louisville, 46 miles downstream.

Crews closed the bridge around 3 a.m. this morning after a steel bearing between the bridge and pier dislodged, injuring a construction worker. Engineers are still investigating and the worker, who does not appear to be seriously injured, was taken to Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison for evaluation.
The Indiana Department of Transportation and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will keep the public informed as more information is known about what prompted the bridge closure and an anticipated reopening date.



MADISON —  The Milton-Madison Bridge is shut down early today, after officials say a beam shifted and made the bridge unstable.

A resident who lives near the bridge told a Louisville TV station they heard a loud pop around 2 a.m. Tuesday. Police are blocking both ends of the bridge, as the structure is checked.

Kentucky State Police say the project manager notified them and requested help in setting up barricades.

The bridge was scheduled to close on Friday so crews could shift the bridge onto the refurbished piers. Crews estimate it will take 16 hours to slide the bridge over and another several days to secure it.

There is no information on when the bridge will reopen or how this development might affect the scheduled shift later this week. One word is that the bridge may be closed till after the slide.