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Multiple projects in Ottawa expected to come to fruition in 2020

Many long-discussed projects in Ottawa are expected to be completed in 2020 while others may take some more time.

The following are a few of the projects expected to be completed or continued this year.

Illinois and Michigan Canal rewatering

The Illinois and Michigan Canal rewatering was expected to be completed in 2019 but was delayed until 2020 after colder temperatures and snow slowed construction.

City Engineer Tom Duttlinger said the project is expected to commence again in spring, with projected completion this summer.

The city received updated permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Illinois Department of Natural Resources for the revised water source for the canal. A pumping station will be built at the Fox River at the aqueduct and a water main will run water to the west end of the canal.

The lining will also be installed at the bottom of the canal.

Interstate 80 pedestrian bridge

Duttlinger said construction on the city's planned pedestrian bridge over Interstate 80 is expected to commence in spring.

The non-decorative, steel bridge will have a chained link fence on the sides and will have its own foundation on both ends and pillars in the middle. It will be around 15 feet away from the existing overpass and will have sloping concrete under each end.

It's expected the pedestrian bridge could be completed by fall.

Morris Hospital builds in Ottawa

Morris Hospital Public Relations Manager Janet Long said Morris Hospital expects to break ground on their new facility in fall of 2020.

But you may see some work begin sooner at their more than two-acre site just north of CVS Pharmacy, west of Paul Street and a bit further north of the Paul Street curve.

The hospital purchased the property in 2019 and will be tearing down the vacant homes to prepare for a groundbreaking later in the year.

Anthony Place Senior Apartments to finish this spring

A project that commenced in 2019 will see completion this spring.

Anthony Place Ottawa Senior Apartments, 727 Clinton St., will have 56 units of senior hours with 42 one-bedroom and 14 two-bedroom units.

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