(MADISON) - The U.S. 421 Milton-Madison Bridge across the Ohio River between Madison, Ind., and Milton, Ky., is closed effective immediately and until further notice.
The official detours are the Markland Locks and Dam Bridge connecting Kentucky Route 1039 and Indiana State Road 101, 26 miles upstream, or the I-65 Kennedy Bridge in Louisville, 46 miles downstream.
Crews closed the bridge around 3 a.m. this morning after a steel bearing between the bridge and the pier dislodged, injuring a construction worker. Engineers are still investigating and the worker, who does not appear to be seriously injured, was taken to Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison for evaluation.
The Indiana Department of Transportation and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will keep the public informed as more information is known about what prompted the bridge closure and an anticipated reopening date.
The bridge was previously scheduled to close later this week to allow the half-mile-long structure to be slid from temporary supports onto refurbished preexisting piers. During the closure, a ferry service had been planned for emergency medical vehicles only. INDOT, KYTC and their contractors are working to establish this ferry service as soon as possible.
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