MOLINE- Newly elected Mayor Stephanie Acri says Sylvan Island could open up as soon as this summer.
The remarks are good news for Quad City walkers and bicyclists, who last expected the island to open by the Fall of 2018. Acri was our guest on Good Morning Quad Cities' 'Breakfast With...' segment Thursday, May 4 at Dead Poet's Espresso.
In years past, the 115 year-old bridge had become too dangerous for people to walk or ride a bike on. The city also had environmental studies done before construction could start on the bridge.
"It's been closed for a long time, but the bridge construction is underway" Acri said Thursday. "We should be getting that taken care of."
Here's an interview clip of the progress on the island:
City leaders will also receive more than $1 million in federal transportation funds through the Illinois Department of Transportation to fix up the bridge.