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Repairs to bridge to cause weekend closures in July

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By Dave Taylor

Landmark News Service

Motorists can expect delays and long detours between Milton and Madison, Ind., later this month as crews begin repair work to the superstructure of the bridge over the Ohio river.

Officials from the Department of Highways District 5 office say the bridge connecting to the cities will be closed to all traffic for three consecutive weekends this month.

Repairs to the steel in the superstructure will be performed over the three consecutive weekends beginning in July, according to a statement from Andrea Clifford, District 5 public information officer. During construction, the bridge will be closed from 7 p.m. on those Saturdays and reopen at 5 a.m. on the subsequent Mondays.

The closings are not expected to start until after the Madison Regatta, which is scheduled to conclude Sunday afternoon, July 5.

Lane closures are possible from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily July 6-11, Clifford stated. These lane closures will allow the contractor to perform measurements on the bridge necessary for steel fabrication. Once these measurements are completed, the contractor will provide dates for closing the bridge for repairs.

 Motorists must take an alternate route to cross the Ohio River. The nearest Ohio River bridges are the I-65 John F. Kennedy Memorial bridge 46 miles downstream in Louisville, Ky., and the Markland Dam bridge 26 miles upstream near Warsaw, Ky., which crosses over to Vevay, Ind.

Intech Contracting LLC was awarded the $109,701 contract for this project. Work is scheduled for completion by Aug. 15.

The actual starting date and duration of the project may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur.

For the latest information on travel in Kentucky, motorists may call 5-1-1 or visit 511.ky.gov online, Clifford said.