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 A major project on John Deere Road in Moline has hit a snag. Work on the overpass near 38th Street started a few months ago. Now, an earth wall on one side is bowing out and some of it needs to be redone.

Illinois DOT officials say as the contractor was building up the concrete panels on one side they began to slant. Now, about 40 to 50 percent of this section needs to be disassembled and reset.

"Some will be real simple to fix, others they'll have to take them off to take them down so they can get to ones below them," said Illinois DOT spokesperson John Wegmeyer.

He doubts the extra rain recently was much of a factor and says it's really just a setback for the contractor. Crews will have to be very careful when taking parts out. "It's just one of the things you have to watch. Building these walls you have to be careful, it's a sensitive situation until they get stabilized," said Wegmeyer.

The extra work won't tack on any additional costs to the $16.2 million project but how the timeline might be affected is a concern for commuters.

"It looks like that took them a while anyways so it's going to take them a lot longer I think," said Jacqueline Hiatt who drives the thoroughfare nearly every day.

"With all this new stuff going on it's kind of holding up traffic pretty much anywhere," said Katelyn Zelnio.

We've reached out to the contractor, McCarthy Improvement, for comment and did not get a response. IDOT officials say the project should still finish on schedule and be open to traffic mid-November.

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