Jeremiah Morrow Bridge

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Jeremiah Morrow Bridge
ODOT drawing of new Jeremiah Morrow Bridge
Coordinates 39°25′9.76″N 84°6′14.47″W / 39.4193778°N 84.1040194°W / 39.4193778; -84.1040194
Carries I-71
Crosses Little Miami River
Locale Fort Ancient and Oregonia, Ohio
Design concrete box girder
Total length 2,252 ft (686 m)[1]
Width 55 ft (17 m)[1]
Height 239 ft (73 m)[1][2]
Longest span 440 ft (130 m)[1]
Design life 75 to 100 years
Constructed by Omnipro Services, LLC[3]
Construction start 2 August 2010
Construction end 18 November 2016[2]
Construction cost $88 million[2]
Daily traffic 40,000[2]

The Jeremiah Morrow Bridge is the name for a pair of concrete box girder bridges built between 2010 and 2016[2] which carry Interstate 71 over the Little Miami River gorge between Fort Ancient and Oregonia, Ohio. The bridges are named for former Governor of Ohio Jeremiah Morrow and is the tallest bridge in Ohio.[4]

The bridges are 239 feet (73 m) above the river, making them the highest bridges in Ohio,[5] and are 2,252 ft (686 m) long, 55 ft (17 m) wide, with 440 ft (130 m) main spans.[1] The bridges have two marked lanes with room for a third lane.[2]

The original Warren truss bridges[6] at the same location were opened to traffic in 1965[3] and were continuous across five spans.[7] Both of the original spans were replaced beginning in 2010, with the completion of construction work marked with an official ribbon cutting ceremony held on November 18, 2016.[2][3]

The original bridges were approximately the same design and age as the I-35W Mississippi River bridge which collapsed in 2007.[6] Demolition of the original southbound bridge was largely completed on April 23, 2017.[8] The original northbound bridge had been demolished in 2014 after one of the new bridges was complete.[9]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Jeremiah Morrow Bridge Facts. Omnipro Services, LLC website. Retrieved on 2017-04-30.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Interstate 71/Jeremiah Morrow Bridge Milestone Reached". The Ohio Department of Transportation. November 18, 2016. Archived from the original on April 19, 2017. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Jeremiah Morrow Bridge Replacement Project. Omnipro Services, LLC website. Retrieved on 2011-05-05.
  4. ^ Goodman, Rebecca (2005). "This Day in Ohio History". Emmis Books. p. 304. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  5. ^ Ohio DOT Web page Archived September 30, 2005, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ a b "Ohio DOT Press Release". 2007-08-02. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
  7. ^ Article about bridge inspection Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "I-71 reopens after implosion of old Jeremiah Morrow Bridge hits a snag". WCPO-TV. April 23, 2017.
  9. ^ "Jeremiah Morrow Bridge Demolition". Omnipro Services LLC. 2014. Retrieved April 23, 2017.

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