Interstate 71/Jeremiah Morrow Bridge
Warren County (Friday, Nov. 18, 2016) – Today’s ribbon cutting ceremony commemorated the completion of the major work required for a significant Southwestern Ohio transportation improvement project. Minor work remains on the $88 million Jeremiah Morrow Bridge project but will have little effect on traffic.
“The new structures will help to keep people safe and commerce moving in Ohio,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “They will serve the people for several decades.”
The new Jeremiah Morrow structures are among Ohio’s longest bridges spanning nearly 2,300 feet, are the state’s tallest at 239 feet above the Little Miami River and will carry more than 40,000 vehicles daily on Interstate 71.
“The completion of this project will have an enormous benefit to Ohio,” said ODOT District 8 Deputy Director Tammy Campbell. “Pulling this project together was an enormous undertaking and its efficient completion is a tribute to our project team.”
The new bridges will carry two lanes in each direction across the Little Miami Valley, but have room to add a third lane in the future. Construction on the project began in the fall of 2010.
The twin spans are named after Jeremiah Morrow, who served as a State Senator, Ohio’s first U.S. Representative, a U.S. Senator and an Ohio Governor between 1803 and 1842.
For ongoing traffic, construction and weather-related information, please check www.OHGO.com.
The Ohio Department of Transportation maintains the state's largest man-made asset--the transportation system. ODOT's mission is to provide the safe and easy movement of people and goods from place to place. As a $2.8 billion per year enterprise, ODOT invests the bulk of its resources in system preservation through maintenance, construction and snow and ice operations.
The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 11, 2015, and executed by FHWA and ODOT.
For more information contact:
Brian Cunningham, Communications Manager, at (513) 933-6517, Liz Lyons, Public Information Specialist, at (513) 933-6534 or email D08.PIO@dot.ohio.gov