Construction bad for Moline business

Street closures from road work is hitting their bottom line

MOLINE, Illinois - Businesses in downtown Moline say ongoing street closures from construction work is hitting their bottom line. 

Some of that work is part of the new Interstate 74 bridge project. 

Other streets are closed for sewer and water line maintenance to improve downtown Moline. 

However, business owners around there say it's having the opposite effect right now. 

A city map indicates there are 12 roads in downtown Moline currently under construction or closed down.

Aimee Ford, the owner of an art studio on the corner of one of those closures, opened near 5th Avenue and 19th Street last December. 

But part of 19th Street is now closed for construction. 

Ford said not only has that restricted traffic, it's made finding a parking space near AF Studio even harder. 

That means customers are having a difficult time getting to her art classes. 

"All of us in downtown Moline are small business owners," Ford said. "None of us are millionaires. We're trying to make it every day. We can't do that, and we can't help the city with our taxes if we're not getting anybody to buy stuff form us."

Ford isn't the only business owner having problems with construction. 

Local 4 News dug deeper to find when some of those streets will be open again. 

Moline city officials say 19th Street between 4th and 5th Avenues is expected to reopen November 3. 4th Avenue between 11th and 16th streets is also expected to be open for cars again in early November.

Both stretches are closed for work on sewer lines. The city says the projects are on budget.


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