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MOLINE, IL – Driving along John Deere Road is getting more difficult as crews work on a new overpass. Many streets and shoulders are being closed for construction.

The overpass is being built from 38th Street to Frontage Road near the Moline Movie Theatre. Several houses and business have been taken down along John Deere Road for construction.

On Tuesday, construction crews started taking down trees as on 38th Street behind Waterpark Car Wash. John Wegmeyer, Project Implementation Engineer at Illinois DOT, says they are expanding this road. "Roadway will be reconstructed. Coal Town Road will be reconstructed in that area. The roadway will be wider than it is now, and we're putting enough width on the side so a sidewalk can be added in the future if they need to."

Wegmeyer says in place of the trees will be a retaining wall installed for safety reasons. It's going to hold the slope along 38th Street back from sliding onto the road.

Neighbors say they don't know much about the construction and have many pending questions.

Ralph Kroll, who has lived behind 38th Street for over 30 years, says he is feeling very apprehensive about the project. "I just think that somebody should have come up here and talked to us, and told us what they're going to do. We have no idea."

Kroll is concerned that all the closed and narrowed roads have caused more traffic in their neighborhood. Cars are using their street to get around construction.

Kroll says, "It's going to be horrible. You're going to have more traffic coming through here at high speeds. This used to be a neighborhood where we didn't have a lot of kids. We have a lot of little kids around here now, and these drivers don't slow down. They'll be driving 35 to 40 miles an hour down our street."

Neighbors across the street are also confused about the construction.  Jeremy Ahrens, resident of 12 years , says, "Nobody has contacted us and the last thing any of us have heard is just them talking about construction on 74. And as far as all of the construction down here, we haven't heard anything."

Residents are hoping for more clarity from authorities.

When we talked to John Wegmeyer, he says, "With this overpass, what we're able to do is reconfigure this intersection so that there will be no traffic at 38th Street. There will be no left turns at 38th Street. And it will make it much safer and actually quicker for people to get in and out of the area by the cinemas."

Wegmeyer also tells us they have talked to property owners who are directly involved in the construction.

For nearby residents and drivers, Illinois DOT has held public meetings to inform them on the project. They will also be putting up signs and message boards informing people of closed roads.

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