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Waterville Bridge (1948)


Photo taken by Todd Walker


BH Photo #132003



Lost Parker through truss bridge over Maumee River on SR 64 in Waterville
Waterville, Wood County, Ohio, and Lucas County, Ohio
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1948; rehabilitated 1988; replaced early 2020
- Bethlehem Steel Co. of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
(5)9-panel, riveted Parker through trusses
Length of largest span: 167.0 ft.
Total length: 846.2 ft.
Deck width: 23.6 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.0 ft.
Also called
Maumee River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.50000, -83.71167   (decimal degrees)
41°30'00" N, 83°42'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/273666/4597814 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bowling Green North
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
OH 8702462 (Ohio bridge number)
ODOT 8702462 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 36029 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 28.7 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • March 25, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added and fixed information
  • March 25, 2020: Updated by Mike Kerkau: Updated status
  • October 18, 2016: New photo from Janis Ford
  • March 27, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • July 9, 2013: New photos from Alicia Duggan
  • June 12, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Changed date and added builder



Waterville Bridge
Posted March 25, 2020, by Todd D. Walker (mrwalk50 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The Waterville bridge over the Maumee River in Ohio is no more. The new bridge opened the last day of January. The day I took these pictures the first two spans had the driving surface removed and span one under removal with the cutting torch. The crane shown awaits to lift it out for scrap cutting

Maumee River Bridge
Posted February 6, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Ladies and Gentlemen, YOUR NEW SLAB OF CONCRETE!!!!


Maumee River Bridge
Posted June 7, 2019, by Della Rocco (Cfdellarocco [at] gmail [dot] com)

The new bridge totally takes away from the charm of downtown Waterville. Unfortunately, the final countdown is close.

Maumee River Bridge
Posted August 1, 2014, by Tom Bender (bendert3 [at] comcast [dot] net)

The current bridge was built in 1948. There was an earlier structure, which collapsed in 1941. I believe the piers from the collapsed bridge were reused for the current 1948 bridge.

During the years 1941 thru 1948, traffic was rerouted to the old electric bridge, approx 1.5 miles upstream. A temporary surface (more suitable for auto traffic) was put on the electric bridge, and makeshift side rails were installed.

Maumee River Bridge
Posted March 28, 2014, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

What a crummy course of action! I'll bet the new bridge will be an ugly slab bridge. This is like the only remaining through truss built for road across the Maumee. The bridge may be barely below standard road width, but is a spectacular bridge. If congestion is an issue, a modern bridge could be built at a different part of town with the through truss open where less traffic will go this way.

Maumee River Bridge
Posted December 8, 2013, by J. G. (jcg [dot] apollosoyuz [at] gmail [dot] com)

A minor correction: it is OH State Route 64 that crosses this bridge, rather than a county route.

Maumee River Bridge
Posted June 12, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)


I changed the build date to 1948 earlier when I was looking at your pictures of this bridge. I forgot to change the date on the history of the bridge, and i just did that a minute ago. It should be 1948.

If there are cut stone abutments under the bridge, then there was an earlier structure at this site. In fact, there may have been several. The 1904 date was probably from the predecessor of the current span, but the stone abutments may have been from an even earlier structure. Cut stone was rarely constructed after concrete became the material of choice about 1900.

Maumee River Bridge
Posted June 12, 2010, by Todd (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

Wow, the plaque on the Waterville portal says "1948" as the build date. In my pictures shown here, the bridge has modified cut stone piers. Tony Dillon may be right that the bridge could be built in 1904. Perhaps in 1948 there was work done to modify the bridge and piers, thus the reason for the 1948 plaque. I might have to make a return trip to it this summer. You have me thinking here, Tony.

Maumee River Bridge
Posted August 24, 2008, by Todd (groovyheart67 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This is the only remaining highway steel truss possibly in the NW Ohio area. UCEB's have replaced the rest along the Maumee and its tributary streams. The bridge at Waterville remains one of my favorite crossings when I am in the Toledo area coming or going. Here is the five span truss on a hot and humid late August afternoon. I got a good shot of the builder's plaque. The Waterville bridge was built in 1948. This bridge looks in decent shape and would be angry if this becomes an UCEB!

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.