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Grandad Bluff overlook receives national award

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Looking out over La Crosse from the rebuilt overlook. Looking out over La Crosse from the rebuilt overlook.

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The Grandad Bluff overlook received a national award for project of the year in Chicago this week.

The American Public Works Association recognized the Grandad Bluff restoration project as the best project in a small city costing less than five million dollars.  The overlook was reopened in April 2012 after being closed for a year due to safety and erosion concerns.  Parks and Recreation Director Steve Carlyon says its an honor to receive this recognition.

"We were pleasantly surprised when we won the state award and then it was just like off the map when we got called and you are the winner of the best public works project in the United States, which is nice.  Yeah I'm smiling a lot."

Carlyon added that he believes they will be in the running again in two years after the Riverside project is completed.

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