Try 1 month for 99¢

Construction on the new I-74 bridge between Moline and Bettendorf and on the Mississippi River continues, Friday, October 13, 2017, as workers put in another hard day. The barge Robin B. Ingram of the Ingram Barge Co. powers through the construction zone on the Mississippi River.

Q. Is anyone going to put up some cameras on the 74 bridge so that we can watch the new bridge being built? – Linda

A. We contacted the Iowa Department of Transportation for more information. Danielle Mulholland, I-74 project manager for the Iowa DOT, responded:

"We have camera footage posted under the 'webcam' heading on our project website. We are also looking into adding additional cameras to catch work beyond the river as well."

Q. What is being built at the 5600 block of Devils Glen Road across from Black Lion Circle in Bettendorf? There are no signs indicating what may be coming there and I cannot find any information on the city website. It looks like quite a large project. -- Andrea, Bettendorf

A. We contacted the city of Bettendorf to find out. Lauran Haldeman, spokesperson for the city of Bettendorf, said, "This is going to be a multi-family townhome and apartment complex. Build to Suit is constructing the buildings."

Q. As we invite tourism, shouldn't we be a little more proud of our community? The weeds on the traffic median at River Drive and Mound Street are over three feet high. There are untreated weeds on the median on East 53rd St., but they end at the Bettendorf border, as Bettendorf maintains their medians. There are more weeds on West Kimberly. -- John

A. We contacted the city of Davenport regarding your comments and question. Nicole Gleason, public works director/assistant city administrator, responded:

"The city of Davenport has several mowing contracts along the corridors and in the natural areas. We do generally spray for weeds in the spring and again in the fall. This spraying was being done about the same time this question was posed. With the limited rainfall the past few months, we have seen more weeds than normal. There is nearly $200,000 per year spent in mowing and weed control around the city, so staff is trying to balance controlling the cost while addressing the present conditions."

Q. I frequently see an open week (no scheduled game) referred to as a bye week. Is that the correct use? I thought a bye was no opponent in a particular round in a tournament. -- Mike, Davenport

A. Steve Batterson, Quad-City Times sports reporter, responded to your question:

"A week with no game on the schedule in the midst of a conference season is traditionally referred to as a bye week, both in college and professional sports.

"It simply references that while other league opponents are playing at a given point in time that the team is idle and has a "bye'' on its schedule."

Subscribe to Daily Headlines

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Ask the Times appears on Thursdays and Saturdays. You can call 563-333-2632, email or write Ask the Times, Quad-City Times, 500 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA 52801.