As the new I-74 bridge construction progresses changes in traffic patterns change too.

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According to the I-74 Mississippi River Bridge Facebook page, bridge contractors will be working on the eastbound (Illinois-bound) I-74 lanes, which will require traffic pattern changes beginning next week.

Beginning Monday, July 27, weather permitting, the last exit to Iowa (Exit 4 Grant Street/US 67) on eastbound I-74 will be closed. To get to Grant Street/US 67, eastbound I-74 traffic must exit at Middle Road (Exit 3) and take southbound Kimberly Road.

I-74 Mississippi River Bridge/Facebook

If you're heading to Illinois:
Traffic on eastbound I-74 will be shifted just south of Middle Road to the newly constructed westbound (Iowa-bound) lanes in a head-to-head traffic pattern separated by concrete barriers. Traffic will shift back to the eastbound lanes to continue on the existing eastbound bridge.

Eastbound I-74 on-ramps at Middle Road, Grant Street/US 67, and State Street will remain open.

The traffic pattern changes are anticipated to continue through late 2020. One day we won't have to give you traffic updates anymore because this bridge will be finished. Right?