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Q. What is the city of Davenport's policy on sidewalk repairs, and how is it enforced? Years ago, someone from the city would occasionally walk through a neighborhood and mark an X on sidewalks that needed to be repaired or replaced. I have not seen those X's for a long time, yet I see lots of sidewalks that need repair. Same question on overgrown hedges or trees that block passage on city sidewalks: What is the policy, and how is it enforced? — Dan, Davenport

A. We contacted the city of Davenport to find out. Nicole Gleason, public works director, responded:

"Dan, thanks for the question! The city of Davenport reviews sidewalks by request and proactively. A list is then maintained of those sidewalks in need of repair by priority. Once a sidewalk has reached the top of the list, property owners are contacted to participate in the 50/50 sidewalk program to share the cost of replacement of the segment(s). Sidewalks of concern can be called into Public Works at 563-326-7923."

Q. The beautiful new road that has been paved from Veterans Parkway/Forest Grove Road is almost done. I have two questions.

1. When is Davenport going to pave the missing 100 feet between Elmore going east and the missing section from Elmore going west to Jersey Ridge? Seems like a big mistake not to do it all at once and have a huge "gap." Who made this mistake? — Richard

A. We contacted the city of Davenport to find out. Brian Schadt, city engineer, responded:

"Veterans Memorial Parkway has been divided into sections based upon funding from the Iowa DOT through the Surface Transportation Program administered through the Bi-State Regional Commission. The monies received had been budgeted in various fiscal years. In addition, the roundabout in the last phase of the project required additional review from the Iowa DOT and the inclusion of RISE funding in the phase also affected the project scheduling. Since the section from Elmore to the I-74 bridge was in this difference phase, it could not be placed in a different project. That being said, this is the first section of this phase to be paved and it will be open this fall."

Q. 2. Does anyone know why Bettendorf has paved all these new streets like Forest Grove Road with a 50-foot continuous left turn lane down the middle when there's no place to turn left. Wouldn't it be better to just have four lanes like in Davenport? — Richard

A. We contacted the city of Bettendorf to find out. Brian Schmidt, public works director, responded:

"Forest Grove Drive in the city of Bettendorf was constructed at a width of 49’ from back of curb to back of curb, which accommodates four (4) 12’ wide lanes. The pavement was striped with one lane in each direction, a center turn lane, and 5’ wide bicycle lanes at the curbs due to the volume of traffic that exists. As the corridor develops and traffic increases, the city will have the option to grind the existing pavement markings and re-stripe the pavement to four (4) lanes as necessary."

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