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New Madison-Milton Bridge


The Lovely World of Prefab

Photo taken by James McCray


BH Photo #219206

Street Views 


The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), in a partnership with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), designed a new bridge to replace the original bridge. The new project was headed mostly by INDOT. The old bridge was removed except for several piers in the waterway, which were rehabilitated and widened to accommodate a new, wider steel-truss superstructure. Scour mitigation was also performed on the existing piers. The new bridge also features an ADA-compliant pedestrian walkway. Construction for the new bridge began in the fall of 2010, with the old bridge remaining open during work on the piers. Walsh Construction Company planned to close the bridge for only 10 days during construction rather than an anticipated year-long closure. The team used an innovative construction method called "truss sliding" to "slide" the 3,181-foot-long (970 m) truss into place along steel rails and plates.

Emergency ferry service during the 2012 and 2014 bridge closure periods was provided by Madison, Indiana-based, Madison Milton Ferry LLC, in partnership with Anderson Ferry of Hebron, Kentucky. Passenger ferry service was provided by Madison based Rockin Thunder Jet Boat Rides LLC during the bridge closure for the final slide. In 15 days over 4000 passengers and 12 dogs were transported in a 6 passenger Jet Boat between Milton Kentucky and Madison Indiana.

The bridge slide was completed April 10, 2014. The bridge reopened to traffic April 17, 2014.

The old steel truss bridge, built in 1929, was extremely narrow with two 10-foot lanes and no shoulders or sidewalk.

The new truss bridge looks similar to the existing. The road deck widened to 40 feet and includes two 12-foot lanes, 8-foot shoulders and a 5-foot side walk cantilevered to the downstream side of the trusses.


Warren through truss bridge - modern
Milton, Trimble County, Kentucky, and Jefferson County, Indiana
Open to traffic
Opened to traffic on April 17, 2014 after being slid onto its permanent piers a week prior.
- Buckland and Taylor
- Burgess and Niple
- Walsh Contruction Co.
Warren through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.72602, -85.37204   (decimal degrees)
38°43'34" N, 85°22'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/641513/4287631 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Madison East
Inventory number
BH 49970 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 10, 2022: New Street View added by Bambi Sharkoman
  • July 9, 2017: New photo from Mike Daffron
  • August 28, 2016: New photos from Steve Conro
  • July 6, 2014: Updated by Brent Tindall: Added year built
  • April 18, 2014: Updated by Brent Tindall: Bridge is now open
  • April 11, 2014: Updated by Brent Tindall: Added carries "US Highway 421"
  • March 28, 2014: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Updated description for construction progress.
  • March 11, 2014: Updated by J.P.: Bridge closed due to bearing shifting and making bridge unstable.
  • October 14, 2013: New photos from J.P.
  • November 1, 2011: Added by James McCray

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New Madison-Milton Bridge
Posted February 10, 2022, by Bambi Sharkoman (jesseberube5 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Added Builder Information Based on Plaque

New Madison-Milton Bridge
Posted April 17, 2014, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

The new Madison-Milton Bridge is scheduled to open on April 17 at 11:59 PM.

New Madison-Milton Bridge
Posted March 11, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

All I can say is they don't build them like they used to! And these sorts of problems could have been avoided had they rehabilitated the existing bridge... particularly if they had done a rehab as part of a project to build a one-way couplet of bridges, which would provide redundancy... allowing one bridge to carry two-way traffic if an emergency cropped up with the other bridge.

New Madison-Milton Bridge
Posted March 11, 2014, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge has been closed due to a bearing shifting and making the bridge unstable.


New Madison-Milton Bridge
Posted February 19, 2014, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

The old bridge trusses came down in Summer 2013. The new bridge is open on temporary piers with strict load limits. After the old trusses were down the piers were renovated and modified for the new bridge. The schedule calls for a 7 day closure while the new trusses are slid over on to the renovated piers which should happen sometime in March 2014.

New Madison-Milton Bridge
Posted February 18, 2014, by Anonymous

Just when is the new bridge going to be slid on the permanent foundation?

New Madison-Milton Bridge
Posted December 9, 2013, by Zachary S

Yeah, you'd almost think that no one in the world still even knew how to manufacture new truss bridges for a use this significant in this day and age, much less having one actually constructed and BUILT. Nice to see, but restoration or rehabilitation of the original structure and perhaps a relief bridge to the side is always far better than tearing down an old truss and putting up a modern one.

New Madison-Milton Bridge
Posted December 8, 2013, by Dustin Adams (weetbixmarmite [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The new bridge is pretty, but I'll agree it doesn't quite do the old one justice. You must admit, though, they could've done a lot worse. At least they're trying to keep the steel through-truss tradition alive, albeit in a more modern form.

New Madison-Milton Bridge
Posted November 1, 2011, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Well the world may not end in 2012, but it will witness the end of the Madison-Milton Bridge. Enjoy it while you can, folks, because in March the bridge will be imploded and the

"prefab" bridge will be in its place.