I-74 BRIDGE

Bettendorf car wash in way of I-74 project to close Dec. 24

2013-12-04T15:00:00Z 2013-12-05T04:51:13Z Bettendorf car wash in way of I-74 project to close Dec. 24Ed Tibbetts etibbetts@qctimes.com The Quad-City Times

WaterPark Car Wash's Bettendorf location will close its doors Dec. 24, the business announced Tuesday.

The car wash at 1215 Grant St. is in the way of the realignment of State and Grant streets, part of the Interstate-74 bridge replacement project.

The Bettendorf car wash, which has been at the downtown location since 1996, is one of three facilities the company maintains in the Quad-Cities.

"We are invested in the community, and we look forward to many more years at our Moline and Davenport locations," said Wayne Guinee, the general manager.

With WaterPark's announcement, the state of Iowa is nudging ever closer to having control of all the properties it needs for the downtown part of the I-74 project.

Doug Rick, the project manager with the Iowa Department of Transportation, said Tuesday that the state has completed acquisition of 42 of the 44 parcels it needs. The only two that remain are owned by Ross' Restaurant.

"We're dealing with them now," he said. "We're trying to get that finalized."

A message was left Tuesday at Ross' Restaurant, but the owners could not be reached for comment.

The Iowa DOT had hoped to have all of the properties under control by the end of the year, but Rick said there are about a half dozen that aren't yet in the state's hands.

"I think we're going to have some sort of agreement on all of them. We won't have possession for every property, but I think we'll have all the agreements worked out," he said.

After the parcels are in hand, demolition still must be done. Utilities also need to be removed.

Realignment of State and Grant is slated for 2015. The work on the bridge itself isn't expected until 2017.

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