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New Jeremiah Morrow Bridge opens after six years of construction

Posted: 2:54 PM, Nov 18, 2016
Updated: 2016-11-19 00:32:01Z

MORROW, Ohio -- After six years of construction, the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge is reopened in Warren County.

Finishing up construction will mean some lane closures, but the bridge that stretches over the Little Miami River is again open to connect Cincinnati and Columbus.

Phase two of the project finished Friday after three years; phase one finished in Nov. 2013 after another three years of construction.

Construction crews replaced "existing deck truss bridges with a concrete cast-in-place segmental box structure using the balanced cantilever method of construction," according to Omnipro Services LLC, who worked on the bridge project.

The project cost $88.1 million, according to Omnipro, but the cost to maintain the 45-year-old bridge  was too much to keep up with.

"There's a lot of what we call 'cookie cutter' bridges," Michael Swan, Project Superintendent for Omnipro Services, told WCPO early in the project's construction . "Very rarely do you get to build something as unique as this."