Bridge to open tonight
Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:00 AM
The Madison-Milton bridge is scheduled to reopen to motorists tonight, nearly a week after crews slid the superstructure to its permanent location on refurbished piers.
Officials expect the bridge to reopen by 11:59 p.m., weather permitting.
It will be the first time in 37 days the bridge has been open to passenger vehicles since a steel bearing displacement caused an emergency closure during the early morning hours of March 11.
The area will still be considered a work zone after the bridge reopens and will have a speed limit of 20 mph.
Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman Will Wingfield said the reduced work-zone speed limit is expected to remain in effect until the sidewalk installation on the west side of the bridge is completed later this summer.
Weight limit restrictions will increase to the maximum possible gross weight of 80,000 pounds to allow semi trucks to cross the bridge, Wingfield said.
It will also be the first time semi trucks have been allowed to cross the bridge since a 15-ton weight limit went into effect in April 2009.
Additional work following the reopening of the bridge will include completion of the pier caps, removal of temporary piers and painting, a news release said. Drivers also will have some occasional lane shifts because of ongoing work.
There is no planned ceremony for the reopening of the bridge, the release said. An event to mark the completion of the project will be held later this year, but no date has been set.
Updates for the bridge's reopening will be provided on the Madison Courier's Facebook page and Twitter feed @madisoncourier.