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It is the last structure still standing from the bridge opened to traffic on Nov. 19, 1964. The concrete, and steel overhanging the river, on the southbound span have already been removed.
ODOT replaced the 50-year-old bridge with a new one after six years and $104 million in construction. Final work, including reopening of the rest area, is to completed by July 31.
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On Sunday, the implosion will be completed, weather permitting, unless some other problem, such as a safety breech, forces a delay.
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Detours will be set up. This will also require the ramps from Ohio 123 to northbound I-71, east of Lebanon, and from Wilmington Road to southbound I-71, to be closed during the demolition.
Limited media invitations were sent out in anticipation of the demolition, to begin about 7 a.m. Sunday.
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Others will be discouraged from observing the event, because of safety concerns. The ODOT traffic camera focused on the bridge will offer an online view.
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“No public viewing. Everything will be closed by 5 a.m.,” Lyons said in response to questions. “It’s invitation only due to the ordnances, safety issues (vests, hard hats). We’ll have officers from OSHP and ODNR all over the woods to check for people hiking, camping, canoeing and/or bike trailing it.”
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The span is named for Ohio’s first congressman.
In case of inclement weather, the demolition will be pushed back to Sunday, April 30.
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