portion of Milton-Madison Bridge
of entry ramps,
road deck now under way
(January 2013) The Milton-Madison Bridge Replacement
Project reached another milestone on Dec. 19 when the last steel beam
was lifted into place on the new truss bridge. The final steel beam
went up on the Madison end of the 2,427-foot-long truss, marking the
completion of the steel superstructure portion of the project.
A topping out ceremony (the placement of the final beam,
called the portal strut, on the new truss bridge) took place on Dec.
19 with the completion of the final beam on the truss. This typically
involves a lot of cheering from the crew, the placement of a flag and
a small evergreen tree atop the truss.
But with the truss or steel framework still sitting on
temporary piers, there are several crucial steps that must take place
before the new bridge is complete in mid-summer 2013. Workers are busy
bolting up spans 1 and 4.
Following the mid-December delay caused by high river levels, scour
protection work will resume in January at piers 3, 4, and 5. Scour is
caused by swiftly moving water past the piers and can cause erosion.
by Don Ward
the second-to-last beam goes up on the Milton-Madison Bridge truss
Dec. 19. The final beam above it was set into place later that
day. Below, paving is under way of the Milton temporary ramp to
the new bridge.
All but 12 feet of concrete had been poured on the Madison
approach by mid December. The rest is expected to be poured soon.
Concrete pouring began in late December on a portion of the Milton approach.
Crews will also complete curb and island work on U.S. 421 in Milton
near Coopers Bottom Rd.
With the exception of a small crew tasked with monitoring concrete curing
and maintenance of the temporary ramps and bridge deck, construction
on the project was halted between Dec. 22 and Jan. 2.
Construction on the new 7,230-ton steel truss began in September 2011.
With the truss complete, workers now turn their attention to building
the bridge road deck by placing the formwork and 484-tons of reinforcing
steel. Preparations for the bridge deck are expected to take place over
the next several months, concluding with the concrete placement in the
spring. Cold weather construction methods will be used when pouring
the bridge deck in cooler temperatures.
Right now, anyone driving through the area will see two bridges
sitting side by side, about 17 feet apart, said Kevin Hetrick,
Project Manager for the Indiana Department of Transportation. Sometime
in 2013, well remove the old truss off of the existing bridge
and slide this new truss onto the existing piers, which are being rehabbed
As it has for all but a few days during construction, the existing bridge
remains open to traffic, with a 3-ton weight limit and 36-foot vehicle
People ask us on a regular basis why were building the bridge
in this complex manner, said Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Project
Manager Dav Kessinger. The answer is simple: replacing the bridge
using this unique method has allowed us to keep the existing bridge
open during construction, which is vitally important to people living
in that area.
The Milton-Madison Bridge Project a joint effort between INDOT
and KYTC has received numerous awards. It was named one of the
top 10 bridge projects in the country by Roads & Bridges Magazine,
received a 2012 Best of Whats New Award from Popular Science magazine
and has received several state and national engineering awards for innovation.
For more information, visit www.MiltonMadisonBridge.com or follow the
project on Twitter.
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