The following is an Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) update on a project which is constructing a new bridge over the Maumee River near Napoleon. The $10.3 million project began in February and will be completed in June 2022. Vernon Nagel Inc., Napoleon, is the general contractor.
Currently happening ... This week, crews are saw cutting the concrete parapet wall on the bridge’s east wide. Crews are also placing a waterline on the west side of the bridge.
Work continues on the abutment wall on the south side.
What’s coming up ... The roundabout on State Route 110 on the bridge’s south side will open to traffic today. Traffic will be able to move only east and west through the roundabout until the bridge is complete. The north leg of the roundabout will remain barricaded. The roundabout will open with temporary lighting. Permanent lighting will be installed later this fall.
Work on the bridge’s west side parapet wall will begin next week. Once the wall is constructed and has cured, an inspection of the overall bridge will be performed. Then, the stone causeway will be flipped to the river’s south side and construction of the bridge will continue through the winter, weather permitting.
Fun fact ... Saw cutting of concrete is done to control concrete’s natural tendency to form stress cracks. Where the concrete is cut, cracks will form which controls where cracking will occur on the structure.