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Division of Project Implementation

The Division of Project Implementation (Springfield and Bartlett offices) prepares design plans and specifications for water resource construction projects, acquires needed right-of-way and supervises construction activities. It is responsible for the operation and maintenance of state managed dams and facilities on waterways throughout the State.

The Division maintains offices in Schaumburg, Springfield and Havana, as well as temporary offices at construction sites around the State, and on site offices for lock and dam personnel at Sinnissippi, Rock Falls and McHenry.

Bid letting information can be found on the Illinois Department of Transportation website and a list of archived construction contracts is also available.

Waters and Facilities

Project Implementation oversees several dams, levees, lakes and other properties across the State of Illinois. To see the list look at the Waters and Facilities page.



Crystal Creek Phase 2A

Crystal Creek Phase 2A is currently under construction. When completed the improvements will serve to protect the Village of Schiller Park and Franklin Park from the massive flood damages they have felt in the past.

The project consists of widening the existing natural channel by constructing a rectangular channel with an 18 to 28 foot wide natural bottom. The channel walls will vary in height (between 9 and 12 feet) and be constructed out of large segmental concrete blocks. This gravity type of wall, without tie-backs, was necessary due to the limited availability of right-of-way and desire to minimize the impact of property acquisition to the local homeowner.

Along with the nearly ½ mile long channel improvement, seven pedestrian bridges are being built along with one double concrete box extension, additional barrels are being added to two existing box culverts, and three existing stream crossings are being removed and replaced with new double concrete box culverts.

This project will remove 261 structures from the 100 year flood plain.

Drake Lake

Drake Lake, located in Jim Edgar Panther Creek Wildlife area (commonly known as Site M), was opened to the public in 2003.

With a normal pool area of 34.3 acres and a maximum pool area of 54.0 acres, it is home to largemouth bass, bluegill, green sunfish and several other denizens. Allowed on this lake are trolling motors and canoes. Picnic areas are provided.


Des Plaines River - Rand Park Flood Control

Phase I

This project works in conjunction with the Phase II and Phase III projects and protects portions of the City of Des Plaines from the flood waters of the Des Plaines River.

This project works in conjunction with the Phase II and Phase III projects and protects portions of the City of Des Plaines from the flood waters of the Des Plaines River.

The project consisted of extending an existing culvert under the Union Pacific Railroad and constructing an outlet headwall with a tide flex check valve between Miner Street and Campground Road.

Phase II

This project works in conjunction with the Phase I and Phase III projects and protects portions of the city of Des Plaines from flood waters that back up from the Des Plaines River through Farmer Creek.

The project consisted of constructing a pump station with three pumps, each having a capacity of around 40,000 gallons per minute, a 200 foot long concrete flood wall, a 3,800 foot long clay blanket placed along the riverside of the Union Pacific Railroad and six sluice gates.

The area protected by the project is predominantly residential with some commercial and industrial development. Approximately 181 buildings/structures are protected by this flood control project.

Phase III

This project works in conjunction with the Phase I and Phase II projects and protects potions of the city of Des Plaines from the flood waters of the Des Plaines River.

The project consisted of constructing a 2,100 foot long concrete capped steel sheet pile flood control wall and 2,500 feet of earthen levee, a lighted bike trail from Campground Road to Rand Road, two pump stations, two road closure flood gates, eight culverts with gates, storm sewers, catch basins, man holes, inlets, interior detention facilities, tide flex check valves with one being 8 feet in diameter at Big Bend Lake.

On average, flooding in the City of Des Plaines prior to construction of all three phases of Rand Park Flood Control Project caused $1,300,000 of damages annually. The flooding events in 1986 and 1987 caused over $100,000,000 of combined damages and affected over 10,000 structures. Today it is estimated that 181 structures have been removed from the flood plain with the annual damage savings of $1,315,500.


Sinnissippi Dam

The Pedestrian Bridge over Sinnissippi Dam, built in 2007, with a length of 506.3', connects with the existing 573' access bridge over the gated spillway. The 10' width allows a comfortable crossing for both walkers and bicyclists. The bridge consists of a treated wood deck and prefabricated through truss bridge.


Yorkville Dam

Yorkville Dam was given a new face, so to speak. It was first built in 1952 as a part of the Stratton Project Dam System. The conversion from an ogee dam to a stepped dam began in 2006 with completion date of 2010 making it safer for all who enjoy fishing and boating in the waters of the Fox River. A Denil fish ladder (the first of its kind in Illinois) was also constructed adjacent to the dam's north abutment that restores fish passage at the dam.

In addition to the steps and fish ladder a canoe bypass was constructed. The Yorkville canoe bypass is open to the public but is in part still under construction. It offers rapids for canoes and kayaks with two distinct routes, a moderate and a challenge route. Grouted boulders were used to shape the channels and create the flow necessary for simulating rapids found in natural rivers. This site allows the City of Yorkville a recreational area along the Fox River within walking distance of the downtown area.

Currently a pedestrian bridge is being constructed for public access to the divider island that separates the river from the canoe bypass.


Buzzi Unicem

Flow conditions have fallen to the point where Midwest Foundations should be able to begin work at the site very soon. OWR staff are in communications with Midwest Foundations in an attempt to encourage mobilization as quickly as possible.


Hofmann Dam

This project is being implemented through an intergovernmental agreement with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. Armitage and Fairbank Dams are included in a Phase 1 contract which was awarded in late 2010. Construction of the notching of Hofmann Dam and reconstruction of Swan Pond Park is nearly complete.


Stratton Lock And Dam

The redesign and replacement of significant elements of the Stratton Lock and Dam are within the five year plan.