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.