State Sen. Neil Anderson says a new multi-use trail planned to run through the heart of the City of Moline can be a “game changer” for the area. A nearly $2 million grant was announced by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) May 7 to help build the trail.
Specifically, the multi-use trail would connect the Mississippi Riverfront with the Rock Riverfront, connecting the two riverfront trail systems. In addition, the new multi-use trail would connect the bike and pedestrian facility on the new I-74 bridge. That would allow users to then access Iowa’s riverfront trail system. The trail would start at the Avenue of the Cities on the south end and run to the new I-74 bridge on the north end.
“The Quad Cities area has some of most beautiful trails in the country, used by hundreds of people every day,” Anderson said. “This project will help connect trails from all over the area, allowing bikers, runners, and walkers to experience even more unique sights and sounds from the Mississippi River area. This project will create good-paying construction jobs, will add to the quality of life for our citizens, can boost tourism, and can help boost local economies, as I’m confident people will come from many miles to walk and ride the connecting trails – not just locals.”
The total cost of the project is $2.4 million, with the City of Moline kicking in nearly $500,000. A timeline for the project hasn’t been determined yet.
“People love exercising outside, and this trail will provide them great views and experiences in downtown Moline, over the Mississippi River, and along the riverfronts on both the Illinois side and the Iowa side,” Anderson said. “Connecting trails in the Quad Cities area will certainly be a dream come true and will act as the ‘cherry on top’ to finish off the new, beautiful I-74 bridge project.
“I want to thank Moline Mayor Acri, our other local officials, IDOT, and everyone who helped play a role in all these infrastructure improvements and enhancements,” Anderson said. “The Quad Cities – already known for its striking beauty and high quality of life – will only get better.”