Road work

Waterville bridge closure to limit links to Lucas County

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Motorists who already find the Waterville bridge over the Maumee River to be a headache will want to steer clear of the area starting next week. The bridge between Wood and Lucas counties will be closed starting Monday, June 11, for an estimated 45 days. During that time, the three-way stop on the Wood County side of the bridge will be turned into a roundabout. “Everything is weather dependent,” said Kelsie Hoagland, public information specialist with ODOT District 2. “I think they built that schedule with that in mind.” The Ohio Department of Transportation is replacing the structure with a wider bridge. The project will also include the installation of the roundabout at the Ohio 64-Ohio 65 intersection in Wood County, plus dedicated left turn lanes in both directions at the Ohio 64/Mechanic Street and River Road intersection on the Waterville side. The new bridge will have one 12-foot driving lane in each direction with 4-foot shoulders; one protected 12-foot shared use path on the north side/downstream; and one protected 7-foot sidewalk on the south side/upstream. The bridge will also have five observation platforms, lighting and see-through railings. The decision to build the new bridge south/upstream of the existing structure was based upon multiple factors including environmental and historical considerations, cost, public opinion and length of closure, according to ODOT. The project is being built for $13 million by Miller Brothers Construction Inc. The physical work on the site began in February with the clearing of trees and building a portion of the causeway from the Wood County side. The roundabout construction is scheduled to be complete by August. Then in 2019, the building of the bridge from the Lucas County side will start. The bridge is expected to be completed in the fall of 2019. A weekend closure will be needed, from 7 p.m. on a Friday to 6 a.m. on a Monday, to complete the pavement tie-in of the new bridge. Demolition of the old Waterville bridge is expected to be completed in the fall of 2020. According to ODOT, the bridge closure this summer was scheduled to accommodate school schedules. Roads will be open for the annual Roche de Boeuf Festival in Waterville, and the Applebutter Festival in Grand Rapids. And access to homes along the project will be maintained during the project. ODOT’s plan is to construct and remove half the bridge at a time in order to maintain half the river for marine traffic.

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ODOT to spend $5 million to widen Route 582

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   For a state route, Ohio 582 north of Bowling Green is uncommonly narrow. So the Ohio Department of Transportation has plans to fix that problem. But like so many issues, correcting one problem creates another. ODOT plans to widen 3.5 miles of Route 582 from Mercer Road in Middleton Township to about 1,000 feet east of Ohio 199 in Webster Township. While that project will be an improvement for motorists, the widening plan is causing some concerns for those who live along the roadway. But ODOT spokesperson Rebecca Shirling said some of the concerns are unfounded. The “myth” that ODOT will need to take the church in Dunbridge for the widening is false, she said. However, ODOT will need to take down one block commercial building near the intersection of Dunbridge Road, plus one house and two sheds further east on Route 582. A meeting was held earlier this year to explain the project to landowners along the route. Many had questions about the effect of the widening on their properties. “Once we explained it, most of the people were OK,” Shirling said. Another meeting was held this past week by a law firm that specializes in eminent domain law. Megan O’Neill, from the Krause & Kinsman Eminent Domain Law Firm, said about five landowners along Route 582 attended the meeting. They had concerns about the loss of their front yards and farmland, plus worries about construction so close to their homes. Because of the ditch on the south side of Route 582, most of the widening will take place on the north side of the roadway. “There’s essentially no shoulder on Route 582,” Shirling said. The lanes are 11 feet wide now, compared to the 12-foot standard for state routes. “For being a state route, it is pretty narrow,” she said. “It feels tight when you’re driving it,” with the guardrail right on the edge of the lane of travel. ODOT’s plan is to add four-foot shoulders on both sides of the road. Because of the ditch, most of that additional space will come from the north side of the road, except when it gets close to Route 199. Much of Route 582 was sporadically patched during the Interstate 75 construction, so this project will allow for the entire portion from Mercer to Route 199 to be repaved, Shirling said. Also, the Route 582 bridge over Packer Creek is deteriorating and is proposed for replacement, along with replacement of the deck of the Carter Road bridge over Packer Creek. The I-75 ramps that were rebuilt during the I-75 widening will not need to be changed, Shirling said. The project is expected to cost approximately $5 million. The construction project is planned for April through November of 2019. Route 582 will be closed…


Sewer work to start on Gypsy Lane

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District has announced that effective Tuesday, September 12, and Wednesday, September 13, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily, Gypsy Lane Road, between Rudolph Road and Sand Ridge Road will be closed for sewer maintenance.  Detour: Rudolph Road to Sand Ridge.  All work is weather permitting.