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Bridge demolition to cause traffic disruptions in Milton
, Courier Staff Writer
Friday, July 12, 2013 11:00 AM
Travelers near the Madison-Milton bridge in Milton should be aware of traffic disruptions planned as part of the old bridge demolition next week.
Milton City Commissioners discussed the upcoming demolition of the middle section of the bridge planned for Wednesday. Mayor Denny Jackson said the demolition will depend on the river conditions. The demolition would be postponed until Thursday or July 22.
No demolition can take place on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays, he said.
Crews will require a 1,000-foot safety zone from the blast site. No one will be allowed to watch the activity from the Milton boat ramp, which is inside the safety zone.
The new bridge also will be closed one hour before the demolition blasts, which are scheduled to take place between 9 and 9:30 a.m. The new bridge will reopen by 11 a.m. the day of the demolition, Jackson said.
The river also will be closed to traffic one hour prior to and during the demolition.
Officials will sound sirens before each blast takes place.
Milton Fire Chief Jason Long said emergency crews will not be allowed to cross the bridge during that time. People in Trimble County needing medical attention will be taken to hospitals in Carrollton or LaGrange, instead of being transported to King's Daughters' Hospital in Madison.
Emergency crews will also detour traffic to the Markland Dam bridge during the demolition and temporary bridge closure.
In other business:
Commissioners unanimously approved the second reading of property tax ordinance.
Property taxes will remain at 15 cents per $100 of assessed value.
Commissioners also discussed gateway signs for the city.
The city plans to receive quotes from local businesses.
Commissioners also held executive session to discuss personnel issues. No action was taken.
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