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Celebrating Completion of New Span of Jeremiah Morrow Bridge

Updated: Wednesday, November 20 2013, 09:27 AM EST
WARREN COUNTY, Ohio (Larry Davis) -- A celebration Tuesday, as a replacement for the northbound span of the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge prepares to open to traffic. It's the first of two new spans that will carry traffic on I-71 over the Little Miami River. Larry Davis was there for the ceremony.

After three years of construction, traffic will begin using the stretch of the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge Wednesday morning. The first phase is now complete. ODOT officials as well as state and local leaders cut the ribbon for the official opening of the new span.

Over the past few years, there have been a lot of traffic delays and a lot of construction work on this new I-71 span, which at 239 feet high is the tallest bridge in the state of Ohio. Completion of the bridge will allow commerce to continue to flow through southwest Ohio. The new bridge is designed for so-called super loads, which the old bridge was not.

The bridge construction method is different from most. Dan Mendel with ODOT explains. "What's unique about this one, is how we built it. We build all of our piers up and then we build our super structure out like a big teeter totter, one big balanced bridge. We build all the piers up and we put all the sections out together like a balanced teeter totter and then we connect them all together. That's a unique way of building this type of bridge."

The current north span will be torn down to make way for the southbound span That should be completed in 2016.

Watch video HERECelebrating Completion of New Span of Jeremiah Morrow Bridge

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