By: Christine Souders
There's a new plan in the works to get walkers, runners, and bikers back onto Sylvan Island.
The Moline Park Board is calling experts to figure out if they can salvage the aging bridge, or have to build a new one.
The Board hired an engineering firm, to conduct a $30,000 dollar study on the 110 year old bridge.
The Sylvan Island Bridge has been closed since the end of April, when city engineers told parks and recreation wear and tear made the bridge to the island unsafe.
Which isn't ideal, for bike riders like Matt Thompson.
"It's a nice little slice of nature in the middle of the Quad Cities and all of the sudden we can't get to it," said Thompson.
The proposal wasn't even on Thursday's agenda, but the board made a decision anyway.
"The Board felt passionate enough about it to move forward with the proposal to do the engineer study to find out exactly what's wrong, and what needs to be done to fix the bridge," said Laura Duran, Moline Parks Recreation Director.
The money will come out of the Parks' capital fund, and with fingers crossed, Duran hopes the firm will come back with good news.
"It would make everybody happy, including out pocket books to just know it needs some minor repairs that we could do, and fix the situation, as well as speed up the process."
People eager to have the bridge open said this is a step in the right direction.
"I'd rather them do something about it, then just to leave it closed," said Lottie Trudell, a bike rider.
"Figure out a new way to get over there because if not, it's just a waste of land," said Courtney Camlin, another bike rider.
The engineering firm is expected to start right the bridge study right way, which will take a couple of weeks.
From there the board will decide whether to tear it down or repair the old bridge.