Documentary on building of
Milton-Madison Bridge to air
Premiere was held at Madison’s
Ohio Theatre on Aug. 28
(September 2015) – The free premiere of a documentary film on the building of the Milton-Madison Bridge was held Friday, Sept. 25, at the Ohio Theatre in downtown Madison, Ind., as a part of the Fourth Friday events. Prior to the showing of the film, Madison, Ind., Mayor Damon Welch and Milton, Ky., Mayor Denny Jackson spoke about how fortunate the community was to have not had to endure a year-long shutdown of the bridge during construction.
Photo by Don Ward
Louisville videographer Mark Crowner filmed and produced the bridge documentary with backing from Doe Anderson Advertising.
The contract with Walsh Construction Co. called for only a 10-day total closure. But when a glitch occurred near the end of the project, the bridge had to be closed for nearly a month while repairs were made.
Still, the project has been hailed as an engineering feat because of the unique bridge “slide” of the 2,428-foot steel truss onto the refurbished original concrete piers.
This 30-minute documentary tells the story of how a new bridge connecting the communities of Milton, Ky., and Madison, Ind., came to be built and the innovative approach that made it a reality, despite several challenges. In the documentary, key figures from Indiana and Kentucky, as well as the engineering and construction firms that brought the new bridge to life will discuss the significance of the span to both communities and both states.
A preview for the documentary can be seen here: https://youtube/O13-chguldA. The documentary will also be shown on KET television in September. Air dates are as follows:
• KETKY: Thursday, Sept. 3, at 7:30 p.m.
• KETKY: Saturday, Sept. 5, at 6 a.m.
• KET2: Friday, Sept. 11, at 11:30 p.m.
Madison TV 15 also plans to air the documentary, but air times have not been determined.
The documentary was produced by Doe-Anderson Advertising and Mark Crowner Productions, both based in Louisville, Ky. Local people interviewed in the film include: John Staicer, Historic Madison Inc.; Camille Fife, a historic preservation consultant with The Westerly Group; Reva Webster, a 100-year-old Milton resident who was a Bridge Princess in the 1929 parade and has since died June 7; Rick Rand, Kentucky State Rep. from Bedford; Madison Mayor Damon Welch; and Jack Couch, former Trimble County Judge-Executive.
Milton-Madison Bridge receives award
INDIANAPOLIS – An innovative, joint project by Kentucky and Indiana to replace a deteriorating Ohio River bridge with minimal disruption of river navigation and cross-river traffic has been singled out for a prestigious transportation award.
The Milton-Madison Bridge Project, which resulted in a modern, four-lane bridge connecting Milton, Ky., and Madison, Ind., was declared a regional winner Aug. 4 in the America’s Transportation Awards competition. The award was presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials in Nashville, Tenn.
The Milton-Madison Bridge Project was a winner in the category of Best Use of Innovation, Medium Project. The key to the project was a construction method called “truss sliding,” in which a new 2,427-foot-long truss constructed atop temporary piers adjacent to the old bridge was slid into place atop the old bridge’s piers, which were rehabilitated. The new span was opened to traffic in 2014, making it the fastest modern-day bridge built across the Ohio River.
A need to replace the old bridge and a desire to keep traffic flowing resulted in the innovative construction process launched in August 2008.
between the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Indiana Department of Transportation.
After a year of environmental studies and input from community, state and federal agencies, KYTC and INDOT determined that a method called “superstructure replacement” offered the fastest and most cost-effective way to build a safe, new bridge, while having the least impact on the historic towns and the natural environment. Superstructure replacement involves building a new steel truss atop existing piers.
With a low bid of $103 million – 20 percent below the original estimate – Walsh Construction Co. of Chicago began building the new bridge in spring 2011.
Due to the use of innovative bidding, design and construction methods, Walsh’s design-build proposal called for the bridge to be closed for 10 days during construction, rather than the anticipated year-long closure.
“Taking care of our existing roads and bridges requires teamwork and innovative solutions to maintain traffic and commerce,” said INDOT Commissioner Brandye Hendrickson. “Having industry compete over closure days prompted the truss-sliding solution that greatly minimized impacts on both sides of the Ohio River.”
Now in its eighth year, the America’s Transportation Awards competition – sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – recognizes the best of America’s transportation projects in three main categories: Ahead of Schedule, Under Budget, and Best Use of Innovation.
As a regional winner, the Milton-Madison Bridge Project will also be considered for inclusion in the national “Top Ten.” The 10 projects with highest overall scores were to be announced in late August. Finalists will then compete for the Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Awards. The winning state transportation agencies each earn a $10,000 prize to support a non-profit organization. The awards are featured at www.AmericasTransportationAwards.org.
Back to September 2015 Articles.