NAPOLEON – The Ohio Department of Transportation has narrowed its list of potential names for the new Maumee River Bridge here.
According to Rhonda Pees, a regional spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Transportation, ODOT had received 922 “submissions” on the website by noon Friday. Although steps have been taken to limit votes to one person – therefore participants must provide an email address – ODOT could not be sure that some would be able to bypass the process, hence the word “submissions”. She said.
The winning name will be announced at the upcoming bridge opening ceremony, according to Pees. The event has not yet been scheduled.
Over the past few weeks, ODOT has received nearly 100 potential bridge names from the public, although not all of them have been serious requests, according to Pees. ODOT has reduced this number to four.
The finalists, and what they represent, are:
• “Frontline Workers Bridge: Dedicated to all frontline workers in Henry County: police, firefighters, EMS, healthcare, roads and construction, and supply chain workers, and anyone who continued to move our country forward throughout the pandemic. “
• “Bridge of Perseverance and Courage: Dedicated to all the frontline workers in Henry County: police, firefighters, EMS, healthcare, roads and construction, and supply chain workers, and all those who have continued to move our country forward throughout the pandemic. “
• “Liberty Bridge: In homage to the county’s namesake, Patrick Henry, and his famous words: ‘Give me freedom or give me death’.
• “American Freedom Bridge: Honoring the sacrifices of the US military, for the freedoms we all enjoy in our country. “
Earlier this year, ODOT raised the possibility that the bridge could open in late August, but delays pushed it back.
“We’re still shooting for the end of October,” Pees said.
Even so, it’s well ahead of the June 2022 project completion deadline.
The bridge has been under construction by Vernon Nagel, Inc., Napoleon, since early 2020.