August 2015 - Bids were opened by the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District on the I-9 Bridge Reconstruction Project. The engineer’s estimate was over $800,000 and Anderzack-Pitsen Construction, Inc. from Metamora, Ohio had the low bid of $576,000. This project will begin soon and may extend through next spring to allow for finish grade and top coating.
May 5, 2015 -
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have submitted the tentatively selected plan to the Maumee Conservancy District. The plan includes: the modification to the I-9 bridge approach, construction of a diversion channel and nonstructural alternatives which include the buyout of flood prone properties. The State of Ohio, at the request of Representative Lynn Wachtmann and Senator Cliff Hite granted $8,000,000 toward this project with the funds distributed through the Ohio EMA. The Conservancy District has submitted to OEMA a request for the remainder of the funds to be encumbered prior to the June 30, 2015 deadline.
The Conservancy District has requested the Village of Ottawa enter into a Memorandum of Understanding which stipulates the Village will accept ownership of the diversion channel property as well as the operation and maintenance of the channel after construction. This request is to eliminate the Conservancy District’s need to assess property owners for the operations and maintenance costs. Construction cost cannot be used for maintenance. The annual maintenance cost is minimal and will consist of mowing and spraying to keep the channel free of debris. The Village has signed the agreement feeling the cost of maintenance will be only a fraction of the savings the Village will realize due to the damage caused by flooding events to its infrastructure such as water lines, sewer lines, pump stations, storm sewers and paved roads.
Bockrath Engineering has been contracted to design the bridge approach and AECOM has been contracted to design the diversion channel. The bridge approach will be ready to go to bid when the hydraulic model is completed. Once the project goes out to bid, the construction timeline is 60-90 days. The diversion channel is still being evaluated. The Basis of Design Report is almost complete and the cost benefit analysis will show if the diversion channel will continue to move forward.
July 2014 - The following link will take you to FEMA's map search site where you can view the proposed new flood maps for Putnam County, including the Village of Ottawa. Choose "OHIO" for the state and "PUTNAM" for the county; then click "GET PRELIMINARY FEMA MAPS PRODUCTS." This will result in a listing of the preliminary flood maps for Putnam County. The Village of Ottawa will be found on maps ending in 166D, 168D, 169D and 285D. The downtown and west end areas are located on map 168D.