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1999 | ACEC–Illinois
Engineering Excellence Merit Award
Ottawa Riverwalk
Ottawa, IL

Visionary plans for the rebirth of the Ottawa, Illinois, riverfront called for extensive improvements to a historical, but inaccessible, stretch of riverfront property. Phase I of the redevelopment dream took shape in 1998 when McClure Engineering Associates, Inc., was hired to design and implement improvements to transform the neglected riverfront into a beautiful riverwalk.

McClure engineers carefully analyzed the concept of the Riverwalk with partners: the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Noon Rotary. To create the desired effect, McClure developed an aesthetically pleasing plan that would reshape the shores at the convergence of the Fox and Illinois Rivers. McClure project service included surveys, design, drafting, public involvement, grant applications and construction observation.

Completed in July 1999, the beautiful, meandering Ottawa Riverwalk is now bustling. Graceful geometry and durable materials were combined to give this flood-prone riverfront a new purpose; a picture perfect destination for strollers, fishermen, picnickers, bicyclists and boaters. Its user-friendly environment allows access to everyone, including the physically challenged. Continuous accolades are heard from community residents and their visitors.

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