- Associated Press - Saturday, December 12, 2015

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - The city of Davenport is considering an alternative to the proposed downtown docking site for Viking River Cruises boats along the Mississippi River, riling outgoing Mayor Bill Gluba.

The city initially wanted a dock designed near the Centennial Bridge that connects downtown Davenport to Rock Island, Illinois, the Quad-City Times reported (https://bit.ly/1NMQqu6 ). But Davenport landscape architect Zachary Peterson said cost and a possible environmental impact conflict contributed to the city postponing the design phase to look elsewhere.

He said the city is now leaning toward an existing dock at Oneida Landing upriver from the downtown bridge as being more cost effective. Oneida Landing already serves as a port for the American Queen riverboat, Peterson said.

But Gluba says that site would do little to attract tourists to Davenport’s riverfront.

Getting the downtown site ready could take anywhere from a few months to one to two years, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Ron Fournier. He said having to dredge the riverbed there is highly likely, since the river depth is shallower than the 9-foot minimum the corps is required to maintain in the navigation channel.

The corps would have to issue a permit for any dredging, and the permit process usually takes six months, said Donna Jones, who supervises permits for the Corps.

“But if we hit a snag, for instance, we find an endangered species of mussels, it may take longer,” she said.


Information from: Quad-City Times, https://www.qctimes.com

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