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Overview of bridge project tops agenda

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Bridge to be reduced to one lane Jan. 12

By Phyllis McLaughlin

The Trimble Banner
Indiana and Kentucky transportation officials and representatives from Walsh Construction will host a public meeting from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, at Milton Elementary School.
A presentation at 6:30 p.m. will include an overview of the design-build process to be used to replace the 81-year-old Milton-Madison Bridge over the next year and a half.
The meeting was set up “to give the community a sense of what’s going on with the project,” said Andrea Clifford, public information officer for Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 5. “We’ve tried ... to keep the community involved in the entire process. We want to continue to keep that transparency, openness and flow of communication between the project team and the community.”
The design-build process was selected so that the construction project could be completed by the end of 2012, the time frame mandated by the federal TIGER program, which is providing $20 million of the estimated $103 million cost. TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as the economic stimulus bill.
Officials with Walsh Contractors, the firm that won the contract to build the span, will discuss how the process works and what residents can expect to happen in the coming months.
During the meeting, individuals will be allowed to ask questions about the project and to comment on any concerns they may have with the project, with regard to environmental and other issues.

Bridge inspection
set for Jan. 12

Officials from KYTC will close the bridge down to one lane from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, to conduct a state-mandated inspection.
Inspections of the bridge are required to be completed every two months until the existing span, which was built in 1929 and has a 15-ton weight limit.
The inspections are meant to ensure the bridge remains operational until the replacement project is completed.