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New Bike and Pedestrian Path Dedicated

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Several weeks after it opened, a dedication was held Wednesday for the bike and pedestrian path across the new I-74 Bridge.

Local and state officials, along with members of local bike clubs cut a ribbon over the center of the bridge where the Oculus is located.

Moline Mayor Sangeetha Rayapati says the path makes an important connection across the Mississippi river between the Iowa and Illinois Quad Cities.

"These connections are good. They are the metaphorical and literal bridge to building community in and among us. Building a community of distinction is a challenge but this path helps us accomplish that."

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Bettendorf Mayor Bob Gallagher

Visit Quad Cities President and CEO Dave Herrell called the bike and pedestrian path "super freaking cool."

"And what it stands for is we can do anything that we put our minds to. We can do anything that we want to do. We can have cool things in the Quad Cities."

Bi-state Regional Commission Executive Director Denise Bulat calls this a rare gift from Moline and Bettendorf. The path was made possible because the two cities agreed to be responsible for its maintenance.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.
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