Original Milton-Madison Bridge pier to be demolished Friday

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In preparation for the upcoming bridge slide, the only remaining original Milton-Madison Bridge pier is scheduled to be demolished at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31. Demolition will require a brief bridge closure lasting approximately 10 minutes. 

The 92-foot-tall pier will be removed in a series of two blasts scheduled to take place on separate days. Using controlled explosives, the first blast will topple the pier above the water line. A tension line anchored on the Madison side of the river will be used to pull the pier toward the shoreline, controlling the direction of its fall. Once the old pier is safely resting on the shoreline, it will be broken into smaller pieces and hauled off site. A second blast will fracture remaining portions of the pier under water so that they can be removed and hauled off.  

An 800-foot safety perimeter will be in effect during the blast, requiring parts of Fillmore St. to be closed temporarily. Walsh Construction will notify all residents affected by the blast. 

While three original piers have been strengthened and are being reused, the pier targeted for demolition has been replaced with a new land pier in Madison. The 2,427-foot-long bridge, which is currently sitting on temporary piers, is expected to be slid onto the refurbished piers in March.