Ohio Department of Transportation

01/24/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/24/2020 18:12

01-24-2020 - You're Invited! Waterville Bridge Ribbon Cutting and Public Open House

and public open house

Friday, January 31

Public viewing of the bridge 10am-noon

Ribbon cutting ceremony 11am

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (Friday, January 24, 2020) - The new Waterville bridge will be opened to traffic the afternoon of Friday, January 31. That morning, from 10am until noon, people are invited to walk across and check out the new bridge. The City of Waterville and the Waterville Area Chamber of Commerce, with the Ohio Department of Transportation, will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11am.

The ribbon cutting will include the ODOT District 2 Deputy Director Patrick McColley, the Northwest Ohio Regional Liaison to Governor Mike DeWine Christa Luttmann, and City of Waterville Mayor Tim Pedro.

For safety and to complete pavement markings, the current Waterville bridge will be closed to traffic from 10am to 2pm on Friday, January 31. Detour: US 24; SR 295; SR 65.

'After four months of weather delays, we are excited to move traffic to the newest iconic bridge in Waterville,' said Pat McColley, ODOT District 2 Deputy Director. 'This bridge is not an average ODOT bridge. It includes personal-to-Waterville details such as decorative balusters including Carruth pieces, arched fascia panels, decorative piers, and aesthetic light poles to coordinate with Waterville's existing light poles. It also has a 12' multi use path, a 7' sidewalk, and outlook platforms on either side.'

Once traffic is switched onto the new bridge, crews will begin demolishing the current bridge piece-by-piece. Crews will then finish constructing the outlooks on the northern side of the bridge along the shared use path, which cannot be finished now due to the proximity to the current bridge.