Champlain Street Bridge Closure @ Goose Creek

Champlain Street Bridge Closure @ Goose Creek

Beginning Monday, September 27, 2021 contractors for the City of Ottawa will begin the replacement of the pedestrian sidewalk on the Goose Creek Bridge located in the 1800 block of Champlain Street. The bridge will be closed to all thru traffic from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, October 1, 2021. The bridge is expected to be open to all traffic each night and, weather permitting, the work will be completed by the weekend.

Drivers that travel in that block are reminded to plan an alternate route in advance as no detour route will be posted during the closure.

2021 Hydrant Flushing Schedule


Tuesday, September 14

• East Norris Drive, east of the Fox River.
• Ottawa Industrial Park & Champlain Street between Norris Drive and Goose Creek

Wednesday. September 15

• Bellevue Avenue and all intersecting streets.
• Gracefield Subdivision.

Thursday, September 16

• Etna Road, east of Route 23.
• Oak Ridge Drive, Circle Drive, Meadow Lane, Delaney Drive, Charles Court, Hillside Avenue, Everette Road and Avon Lane.
• Turnberry Subdivision.
• Reynolds Manor

Friday. September 17

• West of Route 23, Including Kain Subdivision and Emerald Drive.

Monday, September 20

• Hydrants east of Columbus Street from Joliet Street north to Goose Creek, including Alinda Avenue.

Tuesday, September 21

• North of Interstate 80, all hydrants west of Route 23

Wednesday, September 22

• North of Interstate 80, all hydrants east of Route 23

Thursday, September 23

• Hydrants on West Joliet Street from Walnut Street east to Columbus Street and North, including Wilcox Subdivision

Friday, September 24

• Hydrants on West Joliet Street from Poplar Street east to Boyce Lane and North to Evans Street.
• Autumnwood Subdivision.

Monday, September 27

• Hydrants on West Marquette Street from Boyce Memorial Drive east to Columbus St.
• Price Subdivision.
• Pickwick, Polk and Piper Streets.
• 1400 Block of West Lafayette Street.

Tuesday, September 28

• Hydrants north of the Fox River from Paul to Champlain Street, including hydrants north to CSX Railroad Tracks.

Wednesday, September 29

• Hydrants from the Illinois River north to the Illinois-Michigan Canal from Chestnut Street east to Clinton Street.
Thursday, Sept ember 30

• Hydrants on Madison Street from Boyce Memorial Drive east to Sycamore Street and north to the 1-M Canal.
Friday, October 01

• Hydrants on West Main Street from Fillmore Street west to Boyce Memorial Drive and south to Ottawa Avenue.

Monday, October 04

• Hydrants south of Illinois Avenue and west of Leland to the Illinois River.
• Hydrants on Phelps Street from Boyce Memorial Drive to Elm Street, Cactus Street, Vine Street and Fern Street, including Pilkington.

Tuesday, October 05

• Hydrants on the east side located between the Fox and Illinois Rivers, including Canal Road.
Wednesday, October 06

• Downtown/Columbus & LaSalle Streets
• Heritage Harbor Thursday, October 07
• Hydrants from Hitt Street south to College Avenue from State Street west to City limits.

Friday, October 08

• South of Illinois River from State Street east to City limits and south to Watson Street.

Monday, October 11

• All of Tomahawk Terrace/Indian Village Subdivision.
• McKinley Road from Catherine Street east to Dakota Drive and south to Southtown Mall, and the 1400 block of Catherine Street
Tuesday October 12

• White Lane and Parks Lane west to University Avenue from Gentleman Road south to View Street.
Wednesday October 13

• The 900-1200 blocks of Marcy Street.
• 700, 800 & 900 blocks of 4-H Road, north to College Avenue, Briarcrest Subdivision east to Adams Street.

Thursday, October 14

• West McKinley Road from Catherine Street west to Dairy Lane and south to Jeremiah Ln.

Friday, October 15

• West McKinley Road and Pembrook Subdivision.

Electrical Exam

Electrical Exam
The City of Ottawa will be administering the electrical exam for three categories: Residential Wiring, Commercial Wiring, Masters (combination of Residential & Commercial in September and October, 2021.

Pre-registration is required.

Click here to register.

2021 Music in the Street

2021 Music in the Street

Events are subject to change.

Ottawa Special Events Committee Music in the Street
Saturday, September 11, 2021 in the 200 block of W. Madison Street
3 – 6 P.M. – Ray’s Rockets playing classic rock
Hosted by Alure’ Aquarium Bar and Alexis Ferracuti
Bring your lawn chair!

Ottawa Special Events Committee Music in the Street
Friday, September 17, 2021 in the 200 block of W. Madison Street
Easy Riders a Blues/Rock band
6 – 9 P.M.
Hosted by Open Space Art Gallery & Studios LLC
Bring your lawn chair!

Ottawa Special Events Committee Music in the Street
Saturday, September 18, 2021 in the 100 block of W. Jackson Street
12 – 2 P.M. – Nicodemus playing classic rock music
3 – 5 P.M. – Canal St. Duo – Mike and Jay (acoustic duo) from the Radium City Rebels
Hosted by Tangled Roots Brewing Company/Lone Buffalo
Bring your lawn chair!

Ottawa Special Events Committee Music in the Street
Friday, September 24, 2021 on Walker Street (between Main Street and Madison Street)
Madd Hoss Jackson playing country/rock music
8 P.M. – 12 A.M.
Hosted by Muffy’s Tap – 423 W. Madison Street
Bring your lawn chair!

Ottawa Special Events Committee Music in the Street
Saturday, September 25, 2021 in the parking lot at 901 LaSalle Street
Silverstrings band playing country, early rock n’ roll, 70’s, and 80’s music
3 – 7 P.M.
Hosted by the American Legion
Bring your lawn chair!

Ottawa Special Events Committee Music in the Street
Saturday, October 2, 2021 in the Jordan Block at 111 W. Main Street
Fueled by Whiskey playing country rock music
8 – 11 P.M.
Hosted by JJ’s Pub
Bring your lawn chair!

Phase 4 – Public Property Use

FROM: Office of the Mayor
City of Ottawa
301 W. Madison Street
Ottawa, Illinois 61350

Events in Public Parks
As Illinois is now moving into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan, restrictions are easing again, including the gathering of larger groups. As groups of 50 people or less are permitted in Phase 4, the City is again permitting groups or committees to host events in the public parks, such as Art in the Park or Music in the Park, as long as the Phase 4 social distancing guidelines are followed. The guidelines from the DCEO include, but are not limited to:

  1. Social distancing will be required between groups that are not members of the same household or party. It is up to the event holder to design a plan to ensure social distancing measures are being followed, such as designating areas that are 6 ft apart and having a designated person ensure social distancing measures are being followed.
  2. Groups should be limited to 50 people or less; however, multiple groups are permitted as long as 30 feet of distancing is maintained between groups.
  3. Attendees should wear face coverings to and from the event, but attendees are permitted to remove the face coverings while in a designated area or are 6 feet apart from others not in their household or party.

If a group or committee would like to host an event in a public park, please contact the Special Events Coordinator, Heidy, at 815-433-0161 Ex. 131 and provide the City with the event you wish to host and plans to ensure the phase 4 social distancing guidelines are met. Permission from the City will be required prior to hosting any events in the public parks.

Additionally, the City Council, Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals meetings continue to be open to the public following the new phase 4 guidelines.

The City would again like to thank the community for their cooperation and continued support during the phased reopening of the City of Ottawa.

Lead / Copper Notification

The City of Ottawa found elevated levels of lead in drinking water in some homes/buildings in our community. Lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and children 6 years and younger. Please read the following notice closely to see what you can do to reduce lead in your drinking water and learn what the City of Ottawa is doing to address this problem. For more information please call Dave Erwin Asst. Superintendent Water/Wastewater @ 815-433-0161 Ext. 312 or visit

Lead in Drinking Water Information

Water Survey

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) requires every water supplier to develop and implement a comprehensive cross connection control program for the elimination of existing cross connections and prevention or protection from all future cross connections. Regulations are in place to protect our drinking water systems

A requirement of the program is to conduct a survey of all water customers every two years. All Ottawa water customers will receive a survey post card in the mail soon, if not already.

Please simply follow the directions on the post card and complete the online survey shortly after you receive the card.

The contractor hired to implement and oversee Ottawa’s program is Aqua Backflow from Elgin, IL. They specialize in cross connection control program management. Note that if you have or require backflow protection, you may be notified for compliance (installations, testing, or repairs) by Aqua Backflow. Please contact them at or 847-742-2296 with any questions.

Ottawa’s Cross Connection Control Program is designed to safeguard public health.  We ask for your cooperation with our program, its enforcement, and any requests for information that comes from Aqua Backflow or utility staff.