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The final piece of the pedestrian bridge (Sears Crossing) connecting the “Q” Multi Modal Station to Centre Station in downtown Moline was placed this morning, Wednesday, August 26, 2020. The $1.3 million pedestrian crossing is the final piece of the “Q”, a mixed use development project which opened to the public with The Element Hotel and other retail partners in 2018. The “Q” Multi Modal Station, a $40 million joint development between the City of Moline, the Amin Group, Renew Moline, and MetroLINK, is the final piece of the John Deere Commons and is a multi-year, multi-stakeholder partnership that worked in concert to construct, preserve, and integrate a passenger rail station into an existing historical warehouse (currently The Element Hotel), located at the historic Sears distribution building at the corner of 12th Street and 4th Avenue in Moline.
The pedestrian bridge is named after David B. Sears, a prominent Moliner who was an essential early settler in Moline. His historic accomplishments include building the first dam on the Mississippi River, from the Moline shore to Arsenal Island. Then he built a bridge over the dam connecting the town with Arsenal Island. He was the first to use the Mississippi River to generate power for the town’s industry. He, along with John W. Spencer and Spencer H. White, laid out the town of Moline, which was eventually named by Mr. Sears and his partners. Other notable accomplishments include serving as the first postmaster for the town, providing a ferry service on both the Mississippi and Rock Rivers, and further developing commerce and economic activity within Moline by constructing a number of dams, mills, and factories.
“The goal of this project from the start was to not just build a platform for passenger rail, but to create a space that serves a variety of needs”, says Mayor Acri, City of Moline. “We have the beautiful Element Hotel, retail partners such as Urban Farmhouse, and now a fantastic pedestrian walkway that links the downtown commerce centers of the 5th Avenue Main Street corridor with River Drive including amenities such as the TaxSlayer Center, Radisson Hotel, and John Deere Pavilion. Naming the pedestrian bridge after David B. Sears is a testament to his visionary ideas and his belief that Moline would be a prosperous and productive community”.
“As the transportation partner in this project, Sears Crossing completes our vision to join Centre Station and the Multi Modal Station together as your one stop transportation hub for the Illinois Quad Cities. This connected centralized hub located on the John Deere Commons joins public transit, intercity bus, passenger rail, pedestrian, bike, and water taxi into one location – thus truly making the project “multi modal”, says Jeff Nelson, General Manager, MetroLINK.
“We salute the efforts and teamwork that made possible the completion of this new bridge,” said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “IDOT continues to work with all of the stakeholders involved to advance the return of passenger rail service to the Quad Cities, a project that’s remains vitally important to the region and the state.”
Learn more about the Q project by visiting https://moline.il.us/710/Quad-Cities-Multimodal-Station