Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn will announce $47 million in funding to expand John Deere Road in Moline this afternoon.
Moline Mayor Don Welvaert said he learned Tuesday afternoon that the governor would be in Moline today to announce the funding. The money will be used to widen John Deere Road -- from four to six lanes -- from 38th to 70th streets and to pay for an overpass at 38th Street, Mayor Welvaert said.
"This is fantastic news," he added. "It's something that's been on our radar for many years."
In April, officials with the Illinois Department of Transportation announced the widening and overpass project had been included in its 2013-2018 multi-modal transportation program. At that time, an IDOT official said the project would begin in Spring 2013 and could take up to three years to complete.
The $9.2 billion IDOT multi-modal transportation program designated $621 million for road and bridge projects in District 2, which includes Rock Island, Henry, Whiteside, Jo Daviess, Winnebago, Lee, Stephenson, Boone, Ogle and Carroll counties.
Mayor Welvaert said Gov. Quinn will announce the project's funding at 2:30 p.m. today at Ryan's Family Steak House, 3710 39th Ave. Dr., Moline.
Today is Tuesday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2013. There are 21 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: We give "the government" the benefit of our circulation free of charge, for two advertisements for mules, horses and forage. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The official board of the First Methodist Church voted to build a new church. 1913 -- 100 years ago: W.A. Reid was elected commander of Siboney Bay Camp No. 8, United Spanish War Veterans. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Blanche S. Osborne, of Rock Island, is the only woman in the city who is a member of the American Legion. 1963 -- 50 years ago: The Rocket Barbershop Chorus, under the direction of Howard Mesecher, will present a concert of barbershop songs at the December meeting of the Woman's Club of Moline at 2 Saturday afternoon in Scottish Rite Cathedral. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Helen A. Stone, of Moline, traded her organ's bench for a seat in the pew when she retired as church organist of Union Congregational Church, Moline, recently. She's been playing either piano or organ for the church for 61 years.