Old Jeremiah Morrow Bridge to be demolished Sunday

Posted at 2:28 PM, Apr 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-20 17:55:17-04

OREGONIA, Ohio -- The remaining portion of the old Jeremiah Morrow Bridge is scheduled to be demolished this weekend.

Drivers on Interstate 71 between state Route 73 and Route 48 will be detoured from 5 to 11 a.m. Sunday as crews demolish the remaining steel trusses of the southbound span of the 1964 bridge.

The span over the Little Miami River has already been removed. Adam Treiber, the project engineer for the Ohio Department of Transportation, said the demolition will be a controlled implosion.

"We're removed the sections over the bike trail and the Little Miami River, so nothing should end up in there," he said. "Everything will fall to the side."

The old pilings will be taken down manually during the summer.

Anyone trying to watch the demolition may be disappointed. No one will be allowed within a half-mile of the bridge during the demolition. The Little Miami Scenic River and Trail will be closed, as will rest areas on both the north- and southbound sides, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

The new bridge opened last November. Construction of the $88.1 million bridge took six years. It is the tallest bridge in Ohio and designed to last 100 years, officials previously said.

Watch a 2012 report on the construction below: