Further discussions on the transformation of the toll plaza on the old I-74 bridge into a public jetty | Local News
He said he found some positive news, including a much lower than expected maintenance estimate of $ 200,000 per year.
Supporters of the Veteran’s Memorial Pier have been warned that it is too late as the demolition of the bridges is already underway, the permitting processes are long and demanding, maintenance is expensive and access is reportedly seasonal, among other possible roadblocks.
But Moore said the Iowa DOT has no plans to advertise demolition contracts for the bridge itself until the spring of next year, giving the group time to move forward. Authorization should not be delayed too long, he said, because the proposal does not build anything new; it saves what already exists.
“If we haven’t done anything, it will still be here 100 years from now,” supporter Todd McGreevy said of the bridge’s durability when traffic stops. “We are not asking for public investment … there is a lot of private wealth in this community.
“We are here to plant a seed – ask Moline to shake it.”
Supporters say they hope Moline’s new leadership, including the new mayor and several city council members, will review the jetty’s vision. Moving forward, the city would have to agree to take over the remaining span, they said.