Creating a stunning 33-acre greenway and restoring the river through the heart of downtown Columbus
In Columbus, Ohio, the Main Street Dam had—over the course of time—altered the natural channel and over-widened the river, damaging river health. We were brought in to lead a multidisciplinary team that would design and oversee the removal of the dam and restore the impacted reach of the Scioto River.
Working closely with the City of Columbus and the project’s landscape architects, we designed the dam removal, river restoration, multi-use trail connections, and public spaces. We coordinated with numerous local, state, and federal agencies to ensure that the final project met all requirements as well as the client’s expectations. The dam was removed and 7,000 linear feet of river was restored, while reducing its width from 550 to 220 feet.
The new riverbanks and restored river channel provide additional recreation options, as well as opportunities to further leverage existing investments in the area through the creation of a stunning 33-acre greenway through Downtown Columbus.
At a Glance
- American Council of Engineering Companies, Ohio - Top Project of the Year, 2017
- American Council of Engineering Companies, Engineering Excellence Awards - Honor Award, 2017
- APWA Public Works Project of the Year - Environment Category, 2016
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