Moline gives the green light for John Deere Road Construction
By: Christine Souders
John Deere Road will soon be getting a multi-million dollar makeover, and Moline City Leaders are giving the project the green light.
City council approved the Illinois Department of Transportation's plans to add two more lanes, and build an overpass on the corner of 38th Street.
The $47 million dollar overhaul on John Deere Road begins this fall.
Drivers will first see construction crews near the corner of 38th Street and, I-74 ramps, where a new overpass will be built.
The Illinois Department of Transportation said it will take about a year to complete the first phase, of the three year plan.
The widening of John Deere Road will start shortly after that, in Spring 2015.
"It's really necessary for us to get in there, and add some additional lanes, and improve the intersection functioning for the capacity needs, and to enhance safety for the traveling public," said Becky Marruffo, I-DOT Project Manager.
Moline Mayor Scott Raes said this project has been a long time coming, and is happy to see some momentum.
"If the traffic flow is bad, people will avoid that area so this is only going to make things better," said Mayor Raes.
I-DOT's Becky Marruffo said drivers won't have to worry about being cut off from businesses, and vice versa, "We will have two lanes maintained in each direction at all times on John Deere Road"
Mayor Raes said the city will make sure drivers know how to get around, to avoid any possible congestion.
"We'll have public announcements to avoid that section, and the best way to get around Moline."
The project is expected to be complete by Fall of 2016.
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