Q. Several readers have asked about the new construction by the Davenport Municipal Airport. What is going up there?

A. Steve Kuhl, meteorologist-in-charge at the National Weather Service Quad-Cities Forecast Office, said, "A new facility for the National Weather Service at the Davenport Municipal Airport will be finished soon. It is exciting to have a new state-of-the art facility being built for us. We plan to move into the building this summer and hold an open house for the public in the fall. The mission of the National Weather Service is to protect the lives and property of the citizens of the United States and enhance the nation's economy."

Kuhl said the plan, depending on the weather of course, is to begin moving into the new 8,000-square-foot building on June 27. Meteorologists at the Davenport location will relocate temporarily to Des Moines to provide continual forecasting coverage.

No plans have been announced at this point for the current 5,700-square-foot National Weather Service building, Kuhl said.

Q. There seems to be a problem with the traffic lights at Spruce Hills Drive and Utica Ridge Road. You cannot see the red light during the day. You can see the green arrow, but not the red. I thought the light was burned out. There are two red lights at this intersection. You can see the left light but not the right. Why can you see the red light at night and not during the day? — Janice

A. We contacted the city of Bettendorf to find out. Bill Connors, Bettendorf community development director, responded:

"The traffic light has damage due to moisture. It is scheduled to be replaced this summer."

Q. I have always wondered, how many people can the Brady Street Stadium in Davenport hold if it was at full capacity? — Dennis, Davenport

A. According to information posted on the St. Ambrose University website, saubees.com/f/Facilities/Facilities.php, Brady Street Stadium is a 10,000-seat stadium.

Additional information on the stadium from the website states:

Brady Street Stadium, 3600 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52803

"Brady Street Stadium in Davenport, about two miles from campus, is home to the St. Ambrose football team. The SAU soccer and track & field teams also occasionally practice and compete at Brady Street Stadium.

"Home football weekends for St. Ambrose University are more than just a Saturday afternoon football game. Fighting Bees fans from across the Midwest come to the heart of Davenport for an entire weekend of activities in the Quad-Cities.

"Historic Brady Street Stadium is a 10,000-seat stadium and one of the finest small college settings in the country. An extensive renovation of Brady Street Stadium was completed in July 2008. Sports Turf was installed as the new playing surface and a new scoreboard featuring state-of-the-art audio and video sits in the north end zone.

"Brady Street Stadium has been the home for St. Ambrose football games since the late 1980s."

The stadium is owned by the Davenport Community School District and is used by district schools as well as St. Ambrose and others.

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