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John Deere Road Overpass Opens

WVIK Staff

A key project in the multi-year effort to reduce congestion on John Deere Road is nearly finished. The new overpass at 38th Street in Moline is open, but its connection to the nearby stores and restaurants is not yet done.

John Wegmeyer, from the Dixon office of the Illinois Department of Transportation, says cold weather is holding up the re-paving of 40th Avenue from 38th Street, west to the Cloverleaf trailer park. 
He says next spring crews will re-configure the north side where Coaltown Road intersects with 38th Street.

Coaltown Road will go straight, the way it used to be.

And once that's done, then left turn lanes will be eliminated from John Deere Road, at 38th Street. 

The $13 million overpass is part of a $47 million project to widen the road to six lanes, east of Interstate-74.    

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.