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PCE 219 article 5 - Engineer: Bridge good only until 2025

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Engineer: Bridge good only until 2025 http://madisoncourier.com/main.asp? Sara Denhart If Kentucky decides to do nothing with the Madison-Milton bridge, it would survive at most until 2025, engineers told the bridge project advisory group Tuesday night. The advisory group, meeting in Madison, also heard six options for locations for a new bridge and learned that inspectors will be climbing around the bridge this week, weather permitting, to explore an idea for building a new superstructure on the existing concrete piers. Tim Sorenson of Wilbur Smith Associates, who is the deputy project manager, gave bridge location possibilities. They are: • A bypass on the west side of Madison. • A bypass east of downtown Madison at Lonesome Hollow. • Two options for Jefferson Street. • Two options parallel to the current bridge. Western bypass The western bypass option would be four miles downstream from the existing bridge. It would be removed from Madison and Milton, Ky., and removes traffic from both downtowns. More than four miles of the connecting roadways would be located on difficult terrain. Also, no connections to existing bicycle and pedestrian routes would be available using this option. Lonesome Hollow The Lonesome Hollow option - which was suggested by Heidi Kruggel of Historic Madison Inc. at the last project advisory group meeting - would create an overpass at State Road 56 in Jefferson County and at KY 36 in Trimble County. The location is one mile east of the existing bridge. It would allow no connections to existing bicycle or pedestrian routes. Sorenson said extensive rock excavation would have to be done and the ridge would have to be "blown up" to complete this option. Jefferson Street The two options at Jefferson Street would cause some changes to downtown Madison. In the first option, the bridge would tie into KY 36 and would be adjacent to the Third Street Historic District in downtown Milton. The bridge would be located in the National Historic Landmark District in Madison and would have an impact on the park and riverfront along Vaughn Drive. The grade for the channel clearance for barges would be closer to Main Street than Second Street, Sorenson said. The grade would be no more than 4 percent. "We have the room to work in," Sorenson said about the width of Jefferson Street.
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PCE 219 article 5 - Engineer: Bridge good only until 2025

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