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Preliminary studies under way for new bridge approach in Madison

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(October 2015) – Indiana Department of Transportation officials are moving forward with preliminary plans to reconstruct and relocate a portion of U.S. Hwy. 421 between the Milton-Madison Bridge and State Road 56 (Main Street) in Madison, Ind.

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The Indiana Department of Transportation has hired consultants to begin environmental and other impact studies for a plan to create a new approach to the Milton-Madison Bridge in Madison, Ind.

In a recent press release, INDOT explained that environmental studies, traffic analyses and land surveys are currently being done as part of INDOT’s process for selecting a preferred alternative route for a half-mile segment of U.S. Hwy. 421 through the historic district of Madison, north of the bridge. Preparation of a draft Environmental Document and development of preliminary design plans constitute the first stage of the state’s proposed project, according to the press release.
Letters were recently mailed to property owners in the project area alerting them to surveyors in their neighborhoods.
“We recognize how important Madison’s historic downtown is to the community’s identity,” said Adam Burns, lead project manager for Crawford, Murphy & Tilly of Indianapolis. The company is INDOT’s consulting engineering firm.
“We’re committed to a robust public outreach effort so everyone can provide input on the route’s new alignment and its impact to Madison.”
Public input will be sought through a series of community workshops, public information meetings and public hearings, scheduled to begin in early 2016. The project’s tentative schedule shows construction beginning in spring 2019 and ending in fall 2020.
“In the next year, we plan to form a County Advisory Committee to assist in the process,” said Andrew Forrester, Community Relations Manager for the City of Madison. “The committee will help decide on the best route for the bridge approach.”
Forrester said several factors will be considered, such as impact to property owners and to the historic district. The committee also will help with the public meetings.
“INDOT wants the approach to go in a straight line, but there are a lot of ways we can go about that,” Forrester said.
The newly constructed Milton-Madison Bridge opened to traffic in April 2014.

In Kentucky, meantime, the Transportation Cabinet is also studying potential new routes leading to the bridge in Milton.

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