Since the bridge accident has been in the news this week, just thought I would post another picture of the Madison Milton Bridge, that spans the Ohio River here in Madison. Even before the tragedy in Minnesota, this bridge has been on some sort of death watch, it has a rating of 40.10 which I believe is totally unacceptable and will be 80 years old next year. A group of sixth graders in our local school system did a research project on this bridge proving how unsafe this structure is, causing a stir in Frankfort Kentucky who is ultimately responsible for the bridge.
This is the only crossing of the river in our area and it has a high volume of traffic, if you have ever traveled over this bridge you know the sick feeling you get as you travel the span, you can actually feel the sway of the bridge as semi’s fly past you. Authorities promise us it’s safe and not to worry, but as a local resident I have a terrible feeling someday we will be all over the news. Hopefully it will hold up for another 10-12 years, thats the time they say it could be before construction is started and finished on such a project
I hope the accident in Minnesota is a one time ordeal, I believe it’s the only bridge to just collapse under it’s own weight since 1994, but if you live in the Ohio Valley and know of our little bridge I think you would be as nervous as we are over the prospects of a collapse. Thanks for stopping and listening.