Downtown Rock Island streets closed, bus routes changed for Rock Island Grand Prix

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Many of the streets in downtown Rock Island will be closed beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3 in preparation for the Rock Island Grand Prix kart races presented by AT&T.

The kart races through the streets of The District also affect auto travel in that area. Traffic westbound into Rock Island from Moline on 4th Avenue will be detoured onto 1st or 7th avenues at 24th Street. Access to local businesses such as Cabana’s, Dyce’s, Jolly Roger and Polish Pub will remain open.

Traffic coming into the downtown on 17th Street will be detoured at 7th Avenue, with 17th Street remaining open to local traffic only to 5th Avenue. From Davenport take Centennial Bridge and left Third Avenue to the city parking garage or east on First Avenue to access other city parking.

In addition, 18th, 19th and 20th streets will be closed between 1st and 5th avenues and 17th Street will be closed between 3rd and 5th avenues. Second, 3rd and 4th avenues will be closed between 17th and 21st streets.

Roads will remain closed at night and those coming to The District for night time entertainment are encouraged to use 1st Avenue. Entertainment begins each night at 8 p.m. on the East Plaza Stage.

No public parking lots in Rock Island will be closed. However, access to the parking garage will be only on 16th Street via 3rd Avenue.

 Metro has a number of routes that stop at the Rock Island Terminal at 3rd Avenue and 16th Street, just one block from the race course. There is no regular bus service Sunday, however. Several Metro routes have been rerouted around the track as a result of the road closures.

For those going to and from The District, the stop for The Loop will be moved Friday, Saturday and Sunday to the corner of First Avenue and 20th Street. The Loop will run Friday and Saturday nights from 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Racing action runs 8:30 a.m. to around 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. Roads reopen to normal traffic by Monday morning.

Race details are available on the Grand Prix website at or