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ODOT turns to 'other options' for Warren Co. bridge demolition

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WARREN COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -

Despite four previous implosion attempts, the old Jeremiah Morrow Bridge has not been completely demolished.

Crews made another try on the Interstate 71 bridge Sunday - and it didn't go entirely as planned.

"Although this morning's blast did not lower the last half of the last remaining section as much as the contractor had intended, this latest blast may have lowered it enough that other options for removal can now be considered," said Matt Bruning, Press Secretary for ODOT.

"ODOT will work closely with the contractor to ensure they create a plan, at no additional cost to taxpayers, to quickly and safely complete the job they were hired to do," said Bruning. 

The first implosion attempt was made April 23.

ODOT had planned for closures to last until 11 a.m. between State Route 48 and State Route 73, but all lanes of I-71 southbound were reopened around 7:45 a.m. 

At this point, it's not clear whether the highway will be shut down for future work. 

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