Milton-Madison Bridge - United States
Lifting of two bridge spans Lateral sliding of the complete bridge

Scope of work performed

Lifting of two bridge spans
Lateral sliding of the entire brigde


Indiana Department of Transportation and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, USA

VSL Entity

VSL Heavy Lifting
VStructural USA


2012 and 2014

Project Description

The Milton-Madison Bridge spans over the Ohio River to link Indiana and Kentucky. It first opened to traffic in December 1929. After more than 80 years in use, the bridge was deteriorating and its deck was too narrow to handle modern traffic. 

A local referendum led to the design of a new steel truss bridge similar to the old structure. The original pers have been upgraded to carry the new superstructure, which is twice as wide as the old one.  The new bridge reopened on 17 April 2014, just a week after the entire 740m-long truss had been slid into place. 

Replacement method
The new bridge truss was built next to the existing structure on temporary piers while the old crossing was kept open to traffic. After completion of the new truss, traffic was rerouted onto the new bridge while the old truss was demolished and the original pers refurbished. The complete new bridge was then slid onto its permanent piers and the route was reopened to traffic. 

VSL Heavy Lifting was appointed to lift the two new main spans in summer 2012 and then to carry out the lateral slide of the complete 740m-long bridge into its permanent position in April 2014.

Key data for the new bridge
Total length:         970m
Width:                  12.19m
Number of piers:   5
Number of spans: 4

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