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Fast-Track Process Hopes To Replace Bridge in Two Years

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Indiana and Kentucky are seeking to fast-track a new bridge over the Ohio River between Madison, Ind., and Milton, Ky. Using design-build to replace the badly deteriorated 3,181-ft-long steel-truss superstructure and modify the concrete piers means opening a new bridge in 2012, rather than finishing environmental processes in 2012, says Kevin Hetrick, INDOT project manager. Initial estimates peg the total cost at about $131 million. The federal government will pay $20 million through an ARRA TIGER grant. Indiana and Kentucky will split the remaining cost equally. INDOT plans to open bids on Sept. 15. The bridge will be closed in fall 2011, so the existing 20-ft-wide superstructure can be demolished and replaced with a new one. The new steel truss will carry two 12-ft-wide lanes, two 8-ft-wide shoulders and a 5-ft-wide cantilevered-sidewalk.

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