Portion of Jeremiah Morrow Bridge demolished

(FOX19) - A portion of the 50-year-old Jeremiah Morrow bridge was demolished on Sunday.

The Bridge spans the Little Miami River between Fort Ancient and Oregonia, Ohio. It holds the title of the highest bridge in Ohio, but will soon lose that record as it's torn down to make way for a new bridge.

The new bridge is currently being constructed under the current one. On Sunday morning explosives were used to demolish two sections of the Jeremiah Morrow.

"We have to do it in sections to be able to control where it drops so we don't damage anything that's already been done on the new bridge," said ODOT director Steve Mary.

The existing bridge is only two lanes with no safety shoulders. Mary said the new and improved one will be larger and able to carry extra heavy loads, something the current bridge can't handle.

Officials say the new bridge should last 100 years and will be finished in 2016.

The Jeremiah Morrow Bridge got its namesake from an Ohio Governor who served in the 1820s and hailed from a farm in Warren County.

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