The new Waterville bridge will be opened to traffic in the afternoon on Jan. 31.

That morning, from 10 a.m. 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 11 a.m.

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

For safety and to complete pavement markings, the current Waterville bridge will be closed to traffic from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Jan. 31.

The detour is U.S. 24, Ohio 295, Ohio 65.

“After four months of weather delays, we are excited to move traffic to the newest iconic bridge in Waterville,” McColley said. “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.

The new $13 million bridge was constructed adjacent to the existing bridge, connecting Lucas and Wood counties over the Maumee River. The project included adding a roundabout.

The old bridge was built in 1904 and had been getting to the end of its life cycle. Rehabilitated in 1948, the Waterville bridge is one of only four truss bridges in the state and federal highway system in Ohio.

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