ODOT announces demolition of old Waterville Elementary

WATERVILLE (WTVG) - The Ohio Department of Transportation has announced the demolition of the old Waterville Elementary School, located on S. River Road in Waterville.

ODOT says that D&R Demolition Corp of Archbold, OH is expected to start work on the $171,000 project on Monday, February 20.

Through June, the Waterville Elementary School will be demolished and the land will be leveled. All work is weather permitting.

A press release from ODOT says that this project is a precursor for the Waterville Bridge replacement project, set to begin in 2018. Following the bridge replacement project, the land will be turned back over to the City of Waterville, which plans to create a park in the area.

​The project, once complete, will replace the Waterville Bridge over the Maumee River in Lucas and Wood counties with a wider bridge. A roundabout will also be intsalled at the SR 64/65 intersection in Wood County.

Multiple factors were considered in the decision to build the new bridge south of the existing structure, including environmental and historical considerations, cost, public opinion and length of closure, which is estimated to last 30-45 days.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $20 million.

According to ODOT's website:

"Built in 1904, then rehabilitated in 1948, the Waterville Bridge is one of only four truss bridges on the state and federal highway system in Ohio. Due to age, condition and characteristics of this particular structure type, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is planning this future project."