Crews complete slide of new Ohio River bridge

MADISON, Ind. (AP) -- Indiana and Kentucky highway officials say they've completed sliding into place a nearly half-mile-long bridge over the Ohio River.

The Indiana Department of Transportation said construction crews finished sliding the Milton-Madison Bridge 55 feet laterally Thursday from temporary piers onto five refurbished permanent piers.

INDOT says the bridge connecting Milton, Kentucky with Madison, Indiana is now the longest bridge in North America to be slid laterally into place. The $100 million project is a joint effort with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

The slide began Wednesday morning but was halted due to high winds. It resumed Thursday after contractor Walsh Construction brought in materials to deal with the windy conditions.

INDOT says it will take about a week to complete inspections and finish road connections before the bridge reopens to traffic.

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