An opening ceremony was held Tuesday for the first span of the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge Replacement Project in Warren County.
The current structure is Ohio's tallest bridge, standing 239 feet above the Little Miami River and the Little Miami Scenic Trail, and carries Interstate 71 between Lebanon and Wilmington.
The new bridge will be one foot higher.
The $88.1 million replacement project began in 2010 and is expected to be completed by the fall of 2016. Existing deck truss bridges are being replaced with a concrete cast-in-place segmental box structure.
The bridge was named after Jeremiah Morrow, Ohio's first U.S. representative and ninth governor.