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    Is there a sticky or a link somewhere that has real information about the status of access to Sylvan Island?

    I've been hearing lots of rumor. I would love to hear some info from people in the "know".
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    There is a blurb about this on the homepage. The island is still open to the public but the bridge is closed.

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    Probably the most up-to-date info you're going to get at this point is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1838...97587/?fref=ts

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    Thanks for the link. Lots of good info.
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    So I'm confused why this is closed. I went across the bridge down at the mill at wildcat den state park that even had me wondering about its strength. It was built in 1875 and it much much worse shape. That thing had some bounce, bent beams, rust holes. Guess the only difference is going over a creek vs a river.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedjunkie View Post
    So I'm confused why this is closed. I went across the bridge down at the mill at wildcat den state park that even had me wondering about its strength. It was built in 1875 and it much much worse shape. That thing had some bounce, bent beams, rust holes. Guess the only difference is going over a creek vs a river.
    Less foot traffic, too. I don't know if that really matters. It's a different state and I think that bridge is privately owned (took the mill tour last year, possibly incorrect on that).

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    I don't know all the details of why the bridge is closed but I have heard that one of the city engineers saw some significant structural problems when the bridge was inspected earlier in the spring. Once a detailed structural assessment of the bridge is completed (currently in the works) we will know specifically what is wrong with the bridge and if it will be more cost effective to fix it or replace it.

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    We are amidst a letter-writing campain to the City of Moline urging them to stay on top of this project and to find a solution. They have been pretty responsive and our approach has been to partner with the City versus blaming and pointing fingers. The City has communicated that this is an important project to them as well. I honestly think they were surprised at how loved Sylvan Island is (as evidenced by the public outcry). Please help us to show strength in numbers by the volume of letters we can produce and get to city leaders. The city begins their goals planning sessions this Monday (June 17th) and we would like for our letters to be in by then. The most up-to-date information is on the Sylvan Island Dreamers Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/1838...97587/?fref=ts.

    We have prepared talking points for you to consider when writing your letter -- go here http://www.qcforc.org/content.php?16...-Island-Bridge for the talking points. Please help us to make a strong stand. Take a few moments and write a letter. For non-Moline residents, the point of contact is Alderperson-at-Large, Stephanie Acri: sacri@mchsi.com. For Moline residents, please submit a letter/email to your alderperson (http://www.moline.il.us/index.aspx?NID=469) AND Stephanie Acri.

    With all of us working together, we MAY be riding Sylvan Island again some day!
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    I took a group of students on a field trip to the Army Corp of Engineers today. Our tour guide was not aware the bridge had been closed. He said they would look into it and its in line with the type of things they do, so hopefuly they can provide some support or valuable input.

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    Thanks Sergio! I don't recall now who, but someone talked to the Corp and they didn't have funding. But, let's rattle that tree again.

    Good time to follow up... please FORCers, take time and email the Moline city council about Sylvan Island this week. Volumes of letters will speak to the importance of the topic. If you are a resident of Moline, please email your alderman (contact list is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1838...97587/?fref=ts), the alderman-at-large (Stephanie Acri - sacri@mchsi.com), and the mayor (Scott Raes - sraes@moline.il.us). If you are not a resident, please email Ms. Acri and Mr. Raes. It doesn't have to be some long all-emcompassing letter. Tell 'em that the island is important to you and why.
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