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Sears Pedestrian Crossing Opens


If passenger rail service ever comes to the Quad Cities, there'll be a safe way for people to cross the tracks. Friday afternoon in Moline, city leaders celebrated the opening of the David B. Sears Pedestrian Crossing, also known as Sears Crossing.

Jennifer Hirsch, Manager of Administration for MetroLink, says the pedestrian bridge is part of the Q Multi-Modal Train Station, next door to the Element Hotel.

"We wanted to make sure we had connectivity between the Q Multi-Modal Station and Centre Station so we could have a safe way for folks who were coming in via passenger rail to cross over to the transit center."

And while we're waiting for Amtrak service to start, the bridge will link downtown Moline with Centre Station and River Drive.

Hirsch says for now it'll only be open when special events are being held, either downtown or at the TaxSlayer Center, so people have a safe way to cross the railroad tracks.

The bridge is called "Sears Crossing" in honor of David Sears, a prominent early settler of Moline - who helped lay out the city, and name it.

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.