Motorists lined up in queue behind Walsh Construction work vehicles waiting to be among the first to cross the new Milton-Madison Bridge when the span reopened to traffic last Thursday evening. The span had been closed since March 11 when a bridge bearing became dislodged making the structure unsafe for motorists. The bridge remained closed for 37 days while work crews reinstalled the bearing and made final preparations to slide the structure 55 feet upriver from temporary steel towers to the rehabilitated and widened permanent concrete piers, originally constructed for the previous span that opened in 1929.
A week after the historic slide of the Milton-Madison Bridge, traffic once again was flowing across the Ohio River via U.S. Highway 421. The bridge reopened to all motorists Thursday evening, Apr. 17, at 7:20 p.m.