by Roger Seay - email
LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - A small shovelfull of dirt will represent the start of the construction project that will replace the Jeremiah Morrow Memorial Bridge in Warren County, Ohio. The structure is Ohio's tallest bridge and spans the Little Miami River for Interstate 71.
The groundbreaking at 10a.m. this morning will be by Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jolene M. Molitoris and District 8 Deputy Director Hans Jindal.
The current bridge is 1/2 mile long and 239 feet above the river. It consists of two deck truss style bridges each carrying two lanes of the interstate. This is the same style of bridge that carried I-35 in Minneapolis which collapsed 3 years ago.
The bridge is visible from the Little Miami Rail Trail which passes below the structure near Fort Ancient.
The bridge was built in the 1960s at a cost of 5 million dollars.
The new bridge will cost 88 million dollars to build and is expected to be completed in about five years. The southbound side of I-71 will be built first.