As the days grow longer, the weather begins to warm up, and the trees begin to bud, it's clear that a new season is upon us. However, there are some subtle signs that indicate spring has arrived in the Midwest that might go unnoticed to the untrained eye.

  • The first buds and leaves appear on trees, bushes, and shrubs, signaling the start of a new growing season.
  • Flowers begin to bloom, from crocuses and daffodils to tulips and hyacinths.
  • The grass starts to turn green again, and the sound of lawnmowers can be heard in the distance.
  • The return of migratory birds, such as robins, red-winged blackbirds, and sandhill cranes.
  • The sighting of other animals, such as rabbits, squirrels, and chipmunks, as they emerge from hibernation or return from their winter habitats.

Let's not forget about the most assured sign of spring: road construction.


Fiber Optic Fiasco

According to, utility work in downtown Moline to install fiber optic cable is set to commence in April, according to Moline Public Works officials. Get ready to experience intermittent street and sidewalk closures throughout downtown Moline.

Starting on April 10th, you can expect to see some lovely traffic tie-ups as you try to navigate around the construction zone.

Effected areas include River Drive between 1st and 41st Streets and along 4th Avenue from 41st Street to 55th Streets.

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There Is a Silver Lining

Now, don't get too upset just yet, because there is some good news to be had. According to Moline Public Works officials, the work at specific locations will typically only take a day or two to complete.

So, while you might have to endure some minor traffic delays and detours, at least it won't be a never-ending nightmare.

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