Q. When did they install the new sidewalk surface on the Government Bridge? They are really great for bicyclists. — John, Davenport

A. We contacted the Rock Island Arsenal regarding your question. Eric Cramer, garrison public affairs officer, responded:

The resurfacing of the sidewalks on the Government Bridge is part of a contract for that purpose that is not yet completed. It began on March 20 and is slated for completion on Aug. 31.

Q. I have a concern about the rain water drains along Welcome Way after the recent rework. The drains do not have grates to protect the wheel of a car from falling into the drain if a driver gets too close to the curb at the wrong time. The drain is several feet long and in quite a few instances, it is a foot or more wide. A tire falling into a drain could cause major damage to the front end of the car. Does the city plan on rectifying this problem in the near future? — Harry, Walcott

A. We contacted the city of Davenport to find out. Brian Schadt, deputy public works director/city engineer, responded:

"The Welcome Way asphalt overlay project was completed by the Iowa DOT several years ago; the storm system was not part of this project as it is owned by the City of Davenport. The storm system is functioning as designed. The Iowa DOT is only responsible for the travel lanes on the Business 461 corridor and therefore would not include work to storm sewer unless work had been budgeted by the City. This type of intake is not constructed in such a way that grates can be added. The purpose of the open design is to maximize the amount of storm water which can enter each structure. At this time monies are not programmed in the Capital Improvement Plan to rebuild these structures. The travel lanes are sufficiently wide within the corridor to allow for safe maneuvering of traffic."

Q. Years ago when Montgomery Ward was one of the mall anchors, you had to walk up some steps to get into the store from inside the mall. Now that Dillard’s is there, the steps are gone. How did they accomplish getting the store floor to be level with the inside mall entry? — Linda

A. Laura Crossman, corporate marketing manager for Macerich, owners of NorthPark Mall, said, "All of the steps and ramps were removed to make way for a new concrete floor to be constructed and tiled to match the existing flooring."

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