Second bridge blast back on for Thursday
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 11:00 AM
The second span of the Madison-Milton bridge is scheduled for demolition at 9 a.m. Thursday.
The charges go off on July 23 as the Advanced Explosives Demolition team detonates and brings down the central 700-foot span of the old Madison-Milton Bridge. See more coverage here online and in the Tuesday edition of The Madison Courier. (Courier file photo by Ken Ritchie / firstname.lastname@example.org)
Officials made the announcement Tuesday after originally saying the blast would not take place until next week.
The span that will be demolished is the 550-foot section nearest to the Milton side of the river. The section will be taken down in a similar fashion as the first section.
Sirens will again be sounded at intervals of 10, five and one minute before the blast.
The demolition will require the new bridge to close at 9 a.m. the day of the demolition. Crews will also have to close off streets within 1,000 feet of the explosion, which include:
Milton boat ramp at KY 36
KY 36 at Maple Street
KY 36 at U.S. 421
School Hollow Road at KY 36
Coopers Bottom Road, 1,000 feet west of U.S. 421
U.S. 421 at Coopers Bottom Road
High Street from KY 36 to Coopers Bottom Road
Alley between Swifty and carwash from U.S. 421 to High Street
U.S. 421 at Second Street
U.S. 421 at Fillmore Street
Vaughn Drive between St. Michaels Avenue and Ferry Street
The new bridge and surrounding roads are expected to reopen to traffic at or before 11 a.m. River traffic will be closed starting at approximately 9 a.m. and will reopen at the same time as the roads.
Recreational boaters are required to stay 1,000 feet from the bridge during the blast. An FAA no-fly zone of 2,000 feet will be in effect prior to and during the blast.
Pieces of the truss will be retrieved from the river, placed on barges, taken to the shore for further dismantling and eventually sold for scrap. Divers are on call to ensure all pieces are removed from the river.