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Waterville residents concerned with ODOT project

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WATERVILLE, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Residents along Routes 64 and 65 near the Waterville Bridge are concerned about a possible road relocation project.

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) says that area is shifting, which could put the road in danger.

"It's shocking," said Jason Golba, who lives in the area. "We've been in the home for four years, put a lot of work here, and the thought of losing our home is frightening to us."

Golba lives across the street from part of Route 65 that ODOT is saying could be eroding. In his own research, he says ODOT's plans show his house being torn down.

"We have noticed significant changes within the past several years," said Theresa Pollick, a spokesperson for ODOT. "We also keep a close eye on it to make sure anything doesn't happen quicker than what we think it might happen."

ODOT says the road is fine now, but the shoulder is a concern and they are looking into relocating the road before something catastrophic happens.

"Bottom line is if we don't do something, what are the consequences of that?" Pollick said.

But residents say they don't see the need.

"I understand they talk about some of the shoulders being soft, and I can understand that, but there's a lot worse areas," said Dennis Salmon.

Golba says he is frustrated by the lack of communication.

"My biggest thing has just been the lack of transparency on the whole issue and not knowing what happening, not being told, having to basically gather the information ourselves," he said.

ODOT is holding a public meeting on the project Sept. 26 at the Waterville Library.

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