The Last Blast (At Last!)

UPDATE: It’s happening!! The date has been announced for the demolition of the last remaining unused,original bridge pier. The new date is tomorrow, FRIDAY JANUARY 31st at 4:00PM !

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Due to the high river levels,snow and below freezing  temperatures over the last week this week the demolition of the last remaining unused pier has been delayed multiple times. Originally scheduled to have taken place on Tuesday of this week the demolition has been pushed back twice already (Wednesday and then to Thursday) officials have now decided to cancel for this week altogether in the hopes of being able to finally begin the process of removing the pier sometime NEXT WEEK. POSSIBLY this coming Monday or Tuesday (January 27 or 28). The time for the blast,4:00 pm,has not changed.

The final demolition stage of the Madison – Milton Bridge Project has been announced. This time the subject will be the only remaining original pier. This pier has not been reinforced/refurbished as it has been replaced with a new,land based pier. This coming THURSDAY January the 23rd   On an as yet to be determined date,but still at 4:00 pm, (weather permitting,of course). the last stage of the demolition process of the Madison-Milton Bridge Project will begin. The only remaining original pier of the original 1929 bridge’s span that has not been strengthened and widened in order to be used with the newly built bridge will be taken down by means of a controlled explosive demolition,the same means used to demolish the old bridge last year.

Pier #5 will be demolished through the use of explosives. The design of the new bridge has rendered this pier unnecessary and it has already been replaced with a newly constructed pier on land.

Pier #5 will be demolished through the use of explosives. The design of the new bridge has rendered this pier unnecessary and it has already been replaced with a newly constructed pier on land.

The 92 foot tall  pier (which has been replaced by a newly built land pier on the Madison side) is located on the Madison side of the Ohio River and will be tethered to a “tension cable” which will ensure that the pier will fall on the bank allowing for crews to further break it down and then haul those pieces away.  The blast itself won’t be enough to fully destroy all of the pier,just the above water portions,so a second demolition will be conducted later in the week in order to remove those pieces below water level which will then be removed from the river and also hauled away.

The bridge will close for a period of 10 minutes during this process and an 800 foot safety perimeter will be in place as well. The demolition will be viewable from the City of Madison Campground on Vaughn Drive and Ferry Street (diagonally across from the Key West Shrimp House) .

 

Restricted area for Tuesday's pier demolition.

Restricted area for Tuesday’s pier demolition.

About Walter Long

Walter is a native Hoosier and has been to have lived in the Madison area for the last 12 years. He’s an avid reader. He’s married with two kids, one cat, one dog, and far too many rabbits. whlong@madisonindiana.us

Comments

  1. Wesley A Kring says:

    Clear, well written article. Thank you!

  2. Terry Morgan says:

    The 20th is on Monday

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