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 Saturday, Aug. 23, the 235th day of 2014. There are 130 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu. 1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."