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2018 4th Ave.
Rock Island Il
(309) 788-7471
Regalia
2018 4th Ave.
Rock Island Il
(309) 788-7471
Regalia
2018 4th Ave.
Rock Island Il
(309) 788-7471
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Reynolds Motor Co.
1900 42nd Ave.
East Moline IL
309 792-9530
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Reynolds Motor Co.
1900 42nd Ave.
East Moline IL
309 792-9530
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Reynolds State Bank
P.O. Box 28
Reynolds Il
(309) 372-4242
Reynolds State Bank
P.O. Box 28
Reynolds Il
(309) 372-4242
Reynolds Telephone Company
221 W Main St.
Reynolds Il
(309) 372-4212
Reynolds Telephone Company
221 W Main St.
Reynolds Il
(309) 372-4212
RI County Histoical Society
822 11th Ave.
Moline Il.
(309) 764-8590
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River Park Healthcare
2545 24th St.
Rock Island Il.
(309) 788-0458
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LeClaire Apartments
Unique Out of the Ordinary

February 14, 2003 12:20 PM

Is New Boston ferry feasible again?

By Jason M. Rodriguez, Staff writer

Several wing dams and the Iowa River have made the proposed Mississippi River ferry in New Boston here a possibility.

The twirl caused by the dams and the Iowa River has caused the Mississippi River to deepen at Brass Island. It's a discovery made by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that prompted communities in Louisa County, Iowa, and Mercer County, Ill., to explore returning ferry service between the states.

``It's exciting to learn about the possibilities, the tourism dollars that could be brought here because of the ferry,'' said Jim Barnes, chairman of the Mercer Growth Organization. ``By this summer, we'll learn about all the possibilities and if the ferry is feasible.''

In fact, progress session dates have been scheduled by Dunbar Jones Partnership and Stanley Consultants of Muscatine, who are teaming up for the feasibility study. Though specific times and locations have not been set, the session will be concuted March 8 and 14, April 15, May 1, June 1. A final report will be presented July 15.

The Mississippi River has no crossings connecting Illinois and Iowa between Muscatine and Burlington, Iowa, a distance of about 50 miles.

The task force has a total of $88,260 -- a $58,260 grant and $30,000 in local contributions -- to spend on the feasibility of a ferry from New Boston to Oakville, Iowa. The study also will look at what tourist attractions could be expected for the towns' riverfronts.

Cost estimates to build ferry landings and road improvements are more than $1 million. The ferry could transport 15,000 vehicles a year, cost about $70,000 to operate and generate $60,000 to $90,000 a year in revenues.

Mr. Barnes said it's been a project that Mercer County officials have been looking forward to working on for a long time.

``The potential is there,'' he said. ``Now we just need proof that this is a money maker. We'll need to know for sure.''

Staff writer Jason Rodriguez can be reached at (309)

582-5138, or by e-mail at href="mailto:jayrodriguez@qconline.com">jayrodriguez@qconline.com.