- Associated Press - Friday, April 18, 2014

MILTON, Ky. (AP) - Traffic is crossing the Ohio River between Milton, Ky., and Madison, Ind., again, thanks to the reopening of the U.S. 421 bridge a week after the span was slid into place from temporary supports.

Govs. Mike Pence of Indiana and Steve Beshear of Kentucky said the project was a fine achievement. Pence said residents of both states should be commended for their patience during the project, and Beshear said the area was a part of engineering history.

Highway officials say the truss of the bridge, nearly a half-mile, is the longest in North America to be slid laterally into place. Workers slid it 55 feet from temporary supports onto its refurbished original piers.

Some work on the project remains, and the bridge has a 20 mph speed limit.

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