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Bettendorf's Forest Grove Drive Project Starts Tuesday

City of Bettendorf

The next phase of Bettendorf's Forest Grove Drive project will start on Tuesday. Construction will start in front of the TBK Sports Complex, and includes parts of Middle Road south of Interstate 80.

City Engineer Brent Morlok says the construction area is about one mile long. The Forest Grove work will allow for increased traffic and growth.

"If you drive the Forest Grove Drive and then Veterans Memorial Parkway in Davenport, that's really becoming a new inter-city, interconnected between the two cities, arterial roadway. There's a lot of traffic pushing through onto there as both cities continue to grow north, especially Bettendorf."

Middle Road will be completely closed between Competition Drive and Hopewell Avenue. Detours will be in place for both Middle Road and Forest Grove Drive. Competition Drive will remain open to acess TBK and nearby businesses.

Planning for the project started in 2015, but federal funds weren't available until last year.

The total cost of the project will add up to more than 30 million dollars. And Bettendorf will pay for it over a three year period.

This phase of the Forest Grove Drive project should be completed by the end of the summer.

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.