Q. I have noticed that every morning for the past couple months there is water flowing across the Interstate 74 off-ramp to River Drive in Moline as you round the last curve to the stoplight. I'm curious why this just started recently and where the water is coming from? — Sarah

A. We contacted the city of Moline regarding your question. Darrel D. Preston, construction manager for the city, responded:

"The public works director mentioned you had a question about water onto the I-74 ramp. This is ground water that is being pumped from a bore pit to the east. The city has multiple construction activities going on as you, I'm sure, are well aware of, and this is just one of them. There is no water main leak or anything to be worried about, but we thank you for your concern. I have asked the contractor to lengthen their discharge pipe so it discharges closer to the street drain in hopes that this causes less confusion."

Q. Can you tell me what is being built along Tanglewood Road just east of Devils Glen Road in Bettendorf? — Dave

A. We contacted the city of Bettendorf for more information. Bill Connors, community development director, said Towne and Country Development is intending to build four four-unit attached townhouse buildings at that location.

Q. Early on during my years living in the Q-C, I noticed that Middle Road in Bettendorf changes to Locust Street at the Davenport city border. My husband grew up in Rock Island and speaks very highly of its use of the avenues and street naming system; he finds it an easy to understand method. Recently, I tried to use what he taught me but came upon a location that didn't follow the street/avenue pattern. I was trying to pinpoint yet another Genesis Health System office.

I was told it was on 53rd Street, and in the back of my mind, I said to myself they must have meant 53rd Avenue. But when I scoped out the location, I noticed the signs on this same straight roadway switched from calling it 53rd Avenue in Bettendorf to 53rd Street in Davenport. This goes against my understanding that streets and avenues intersect. Why couldn't the two cities agreed to call this thoroughfare the same, making it easier for travelers? — Karen, LeClaire

A. We contacted the cities of Davenport and Bettendorf regarding your comments and questions. Brian Schmidt, public works director for Bettendorf, responded: "Due to the length of 53rd Street in Davenport and the numbering system that exists, the city of Bettendorf named this 53rd Avenue to provide a differentiation of addresses between the two municipalities."

Nicole Gleason, assistant city administrator/public works director for Davenport, said, "Davenport concurs with this response."

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