Ottawa approves quote for Champlain Street bridge repairs

Work was put on hold last year because of pandemic

The Ottawa City Council approved a $90,000 quote from Marquette Steel Supply to repair the Goose Creek Bridge on Champlain Street, which has been out of commission since last year when repairs were put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commissioner Marla Rodriguez said this is a project many residents along Champlain Street have been anxious to get done.

“It’s good because we have a lot of people that end up walking on the street,” said Commissioner Wayne Eichelkraut. “It can be quite a trip to walk all the way around.”

The Champlain Street bridge itself has been open to vehicle traffic but the sidewalks have been closed.

The City Council also approved an ordinance Wednesday moving the deadline to renew liquor licenses to June 30.

“There are some places that were shut down for quite a bit so we’re extending the deadline,” Eichelkraut said. “Maybe they can make a little money off this and it’ll help them out a little bit.”

Also approved was a production services agreement with the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Alliance, one of the hosts of Ottawa Uncorked, which will take place June 5 and 6 in the Jordan block and Lincoln Place parking lot.