Bettendorf

Iowa Department of Transportation

If all goes according to plan, construction of the new I-74 bridge will begin this summer. Tuesday the Iowa Department of Transportation opened bids for the project connecting Moline with Bettendorf, across the Mississippi River.

Bettendorf School District

Plans are progressing to replace an elementary school in Bettendorf. Monday night the school board approved basic design plans for the new Grant Wood school. 

city of Bettendorf

Bettendorf is studying a possible re-alignment of its downtown streets. City officials held an open house this week on changes under consideration for Grant and State streets to help encourage business and re-develop downtown.

A drawing of the new bridge.
IOWA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Now that some of the preparation work is finished, actual construction of the new I-74 is next.

On Midwest Week — an update and a timetable. 

Drivers in Bettendorf will have to get used to finding alternate routes this year. Tuesday night the city council will hold a public hearing on the new budget, and it includes millions of dollars for major road, sewer, and storm sewer projects.

city of Bettendorf

The Bettendorf City Council selected a new Alderman At-Large Tuesday night. Lisa Brown will be sworn in at the council's next meeting on March 7.

Vanguard

Residents of Bettendorf will soon find out if the value of their property has gone up, and if their tax bills will increase. A re-appraisal of all 14,000 homes in the city has just been completed and new assessment notices are in the mail.  

The Bettendorf city council is nearly ready to fill a vacant seat. Monday night, during a committee of the whole meeting, aldermen will interview six finalists to replace Gary Mohr who resigned his at-large seat after winning election to the Iowa House.

Site plan for BettPlex
submitted / BettPlex.com

Bettendorf is working with a developer to build a large sports and entertainment complex. Today, the city and Doug Kratz announced the $45 million project called, BettPlex.

Michelle O'Neill reports it'll be located on Forest Grove Road near Middle Road and I-80.

Summary

Kratz serves on the board of Triumph Bancorp and before 2013, was vice chair of Triumph Community Bank in Bettendorf. He says the complex will feature indoor fields that will accomodate a variety of sports, from baseball to wrestling. Eight basketball, pickleball, and volleyball courts will also be part of the 265,000-square-foot building. Sand volleyball courts will be built inside and outside.

The Bettendorf city council will have a lot of choices to fill a vacant seat. Tuesday was the deadline to file a resume with the city, and 16 were received.

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