A new bridge which would be built immediately next to the existing bridge, or one angling across the River toward Farnsworth Road are just two of three options the Ohio Department of Transportation is considering for the replacement of the Waterville Bridge.
The other option would be to replace the bridge at it’s current position, but that option would require the shut-down of State Route 64 over the river for at least a year, possibly even longer.
These plans and other ideas will be tossed about at ODOT’s bridge-replacement public meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday in the Community Room at Waterville Primary School.
ODOT plans to replace the bridge, built in 1948, starting in 2017 at a cost of $18 million to $21 million.
The existing bridge is considered obsolete because of its narrow lanes and truss design.