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Ohio Electric Interurban Bridge


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Crosses Indian meeting place known as Roche de boeuf. Part of this Indian "island" destroyed during bridge construction.

Ohio DOT has proposed demolition, but other entities are working towards preservation.


Abandoned arch bridge over Maumee River, S. River Road. Formerly Lima & Toledo Traction Company.
Waterville, Lucas County, Ohio, and Wood County, Ohio
Abandoned. Barricaded. Partal span collapse.
Future prospects
Ohio DOT has proposed demolition, but other entities are working towards preservation.
Used by Interurban until 1937. It is now part of the Farnsworth Metropark. One of the bridge's supports is the Roche de Boeuf, a historic Indian council rock, which was partially damaged by the bridge construction.
- Daniel B. Luten
- National Bridge Co. of Indianapolis, Indiana
- Cincinnati & Lake Erie Railroad (C&LE)
- Interurban
- Lima & Toledo Traction Co. (L&T)
- Ohio Electric Railway (OE)
Reinforced concrete deck arch
Roman aqueduct architectural design
Total length: 1,221.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 19, 1972
Also called
Ohio Electric - Maumee River Bridge
The Old Electric Bridge
C&LE - Maumee River Bridge
L&T - Maumee River Bridge
Roche de Boeuf Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.48632, -83.72836   (decimal degrees)
41°29'11" N, 83°43'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/272224/4596339 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bowling Green North
Inventory numbers
NRHP 72001036 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 44688 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 21, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • November 21, 2019: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Preservation vs. demolition being debated in public forums.
  • June 18, 2017: Updated by Ken Durham: bridge in process of collapse.
  • October 18, 2016: New photos from Janis Ford
  • April 30, 2014: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • November 13, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Lima & Toledo Traction Co.", "Ohio Electric Railway"
  • November 13, 2013: New photo from Jim Allen
  • September 17, 2010: Updated by James Norwood: added dates, history, much more information
  • April 1, 2010: Added by Joshua Collins


  • Joshua Collins - Bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com
  • James Norwood
  • Jim Allen
  • Luke
  • Janis Ford
  • Ken Durham - Kenneth [dot] Durham2 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com


Ohio Electric Interurban Bridge
Posted November 21, 2019, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

The latest:



A deteriorating landmark has become dangerous and a major liability as parts of it keep falling into the Maumee River.

ODOT owns the Roche de Boeuf bridge in Waterville. Residents want to save it, but the state says safety concerns mean something has to be done.

Two interesting points were brought up Wednesday [Nov. 20, 2019].

A kayaking group mentioned that the pieces of the bridge that are already in the river are great for white water kayaking and training. Plus, the possibility that another private entity may want to purchase Roche de Boeuf from the state was discussed.

Two years ago the city of Waterville sent a letter to ODOT expressing safety concerns.

Pieces of the bridge fall into the water and the state believes it's only a matter of time before someone gets hurt. Namely those who kayak and canoe under its arches.

"We have been asked, you know, why can't you just do nothing or restrict traffic for canoers and kayakers and unfortunately with ODNR we are not allowed to do that. So, we have to do something to improve the safety, but we're hoping we can find something that fits the community," said ODOT District 2 public information officer Rebecca Dangelo.

Since no vehicle or foot traffic has crossed the bridge in decades, this is a unique project for ODOT.

The agency held a public input meeting Wednesday to discuss the future of Roche de Boeuf, explaining nine options. But only three are considered feasible and the most cost effective one is removal. . .

The state has agreed to foot the $2.2 million bill for tear down costs. Any kind of rehabilitation would cost millions more and private funding sources would be required. These funding issues are all too familiar to longtime Waterville resident Diana Waugh.

She was part of a committee in the 1970s that tried to save the bridge when it first started to deteriorate.

"We were looking at $300,000, we could possibly save it and we didn't. We weren't lucky enough to find someone who would hand me $300,000 and now we're in the $15 million and that's the problem," said Waugh.

Ohio Electric Interurban Bridge
Posted April 24, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

You are more correct than you may know. Section 106 has just started with this bridge to "address safety concerns associated with the bridge" which means the bridge either is likely going to be repaired or demolished in the future.

Ohio Electric Interurban Bridge
Posted April 24, 2018, by Brian B (mr [dot] bonnough [at] yahoo [dot] com)

She's getting older everyday, soon there will be nothing left. I took a DRONE flight over it yesterday and wanted to share it with someone who appreciated it.


Ohio Electric Interurban Bridge
Posted June 27, 2016, by Sherman Cahal (shermancahal [at] gmail [dot] com)

It looks like more of the structure is in imminent danger of collapse. While walking down towards the structure yesterday, I noticed that the walls of the arches were leaning considerably. Considering that much of the fill is spilling out of the many holes and cracks, it's not surprising that the sides are failing.