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Bridge project makes Top 10 list

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By Special to The Banner

The Milton-Madison Bridge Project has been named one of the “Top 10” bridge projects in the country by Roads & Bridges Magazine. The industry publication unveiled the 2011 winning projects in a video announcement on YouTube.  

The project is number three on the list, which recognizes the best in bridge construction projects in the U.S.  Projects are judged on several factors, including size, contractor challenges and impact on drivers.

Construction of the new U.S. 421 bridge, which connects Milton, Ky., and Madison, Ind., began earlier this year and is expected to be complete in late 2012. The Milton-Madison Bridge Project is using innovative design and construction methods, making it possible for the project to be built years ahead of schedule and millions under budget.

In order to keep the bridge open to traffic for all but 10 days, a new superstructure is being constructed next to the existing bridge. Using a method called “truss sliding,” the new 2,400-foot-long steel truss and road deck eventually will slide into place on the existing bridge piers, which are being rehabilitated and reused. When the project is complete, the new bridge will lie entirely within its existing footprint.

Earlier this year, the American Council of Engineering Companies recognized the project with state and national awards. Roads & Bridges Magazine will presents its Top 10 awards in November at its annual conference in Las Vegas.
The Milton-Madison Bridge Project is a bi-state effort between the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. For more information, visit www.MiltonMadisonBridge.com.