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When you’re dealing with a rehab project on a structure that’s over 150 years old; you’re bound to run into some surprises.  And that’s what ODOT has found-out in their reconstruction of the stone arch over the creek feeding into the Maumee River on East Riverview Avenue.  

Crews cracked-open the project, thinking they were working on a bed of stone for a permanent foundation.   But they have now discovered that historic stone arch was constructed on wood timbers instead.     ODOT now has to determine if those timbers can still hold the project; and how much of the original stone can still be utilized.              The Ohio Department of Transportation is communicating with the state historic preservation office for the next phase of work.    But ODOT spokesperson Theresa Pollick says they do not anticipate a delay in the original work schedule for the stone arch.


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