Updated: April 16, 2013 10:39PM
MADISON (AP) — Construction crews have begun pouring concrete for the deck of a new $100 million Ohio River bridge that will link Madison, Ind., and Milton, Ky.
The crews that began pouring concrete Saturday are using a special pumping apparatus to spread the material on the deck of the 2,400-foot-long steel truss bridge.
Kentucky Department of Transportation spokeswoman Andrea Clifford tells The Madison Courier that once the concrete deck is complete in late spring, preparations will begin for switching traffic from the existing bridge to the new adjacent span.
Once traffic is diverted to the new span on temporary piers, workers will begin demolishing the steel truss of the old bridge. Extra care will be taken to protect the existing piers which are being strengthened and reused.