After what seems like forever, we will now be able to drive across the new I-74 Iowa bound bridge.

The Iowa Department of Transportation and Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that the crews are going to work through the changing temps and weather this week and expect to have the bridge open on Friday

Weather permitting, contractors will be moving barrier walls and preparing the Iowa-bound roadway overnight Thursday in order to fully open the bridge prior to peak morning traffic on Friday, November 13. Yes, it's opening on Friday the 13th.

Going to Iowa:  In Moline, motorists going to Iowa will be able to access Iowa-bound I-74 at Avenue of the Cities, 6th Avenue, and River Drive.

 

No more U-turn! Motorists going to Iowa will be able to continue onto the new river bridge. At this time, the river bridge will allow three lanes of Iowa-bound traffic.

 

After crossing the river bridge to Iowa, motorists can either exit at Grant Street/U.S. 67 in Bettendorf or continue ontowards Middle Road and Davenport.

 
Going to Illinois:  Our plan is to put two-way, head-to-head traffic on the new Iowa-bound bridge, but not just yet.

Illinois-bound traffic will continue to use the old bridge and the existing detour route to 7th Avenue and 19th Street (view the detour map here).

Motorists can continue to access Illinois-bound I-74 via the existing ramps in Bettendorf.

Illinois-bound traffic is anticipated to shift to the new bridge in a two-way configuration this winter.

Get more details and see the maps of new ramp locations in Moline on the I-74 River Bridge website.

 

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