Updates February 26-27, 2020 – Missouri, Iowa

Continuing site additions for roads in western Missouri, completed updates for Kansas City area Interstates. This includes photos taken last week along Interstate 29 north to St. Joseph. Added photos covering all of I-470 south and west from Independence to the Three Trails Crossing Memorial Highway interchange. Also added four photos eastbound at I-49. Replaced some westbound photos along Interstate 670 (11/03/16). Replaced southbound photos along Interstate 29 from [...]

By |2020-02-29T09:53:04-05:00February 26th, 2020|Iowa, Missouri, Updates|0 Comments

Westbound I-74 across the Iowa-Illinois Memorial Bridge

Due to ongoing construction of the new I-74 Mississippi River Bridge, the current mainline of westbound Interstate 74 through the Quad Cities utilizes several ramps and at-grade crossings on both ends of the Iowa-Illinois Memorial Bridge. Iowa-bound traffic utilizes a portion of the new bridge approach to the future eastbound off-ramp to River Drive in Moline. From there motorists connect with River Drive and the adjacent [...]

By |2020-02-16T10:46:58-05:00December 26th, 2019|Interstate Highways, Iowa|0 Comments

Updates December 16-20, 2019 – Iowa

U.S. 34 crosses the Great River Bridge over the Mississippi River from Gulfport, Illinois to Burlington, Iowa. Continuing with Iowa updates on the site, added the rest of the U.S. 34 photos from 2016 and 2018, covering westbound through Burlington and West Burlington. From the same daytrips, also added new pages covering U.S. 61 north from Burlington to Interstate 280 in Davenport. Grading for U.S. 61 expansion at [...]

By |2019-12-20T16:21:34-05:00December 17th, 2019|Iowa, Updates|0 Comments

Updates December 12-14, 2019 – Iowa

Website updates starting late last week and continuing to December 12 have focused on our long backlog of photos throughout the state of Iowa. The bulk of the site content focused on eastern Iowa, with several daytrips originating from the Quad Cities. Decided to expand westward starting with Interstate 80, which now has 2013-16 photo coverage from West Des Moines eastward and westward to the South Mixmaster Interchange where [...]

By |2019-12-15T11:16:56-05:00December 12th, 2019|Illinois, Iowa, Updates|0 Comments

New I-74 Mississippi River Bridge Update

Work continues to progress on the new I-74 Mississippi River Bridge linking Bettendorf, Iowa with Moline, Illinois. Construction on the $1.2 billion span got underway in July 2017 and continues through 2021. Crews are working on both sides of the river, building the future bridge approach viaducts, and erecting pier supports for the eventual six-lane bridge. The first of the two replacement bridges will open by early 2020. With the [...]

By |2018-07-31T10:06:18-04:00June 7th, 2018|Illinois, Interstate Highways, Iowa|0 Comments

Observations from the Road: Southeast Iowa

Enjoyed a break in the cloudy weather on our resent visit to Iowa to tag along with Bill and his son Joey on 300 mile day trip exploring various U.S., state and county routes across southeastern Iowa. Here are a few noteworthy things and photos from the drive on March 25. Six years after the realignment of U.S. 61 to bypass Davenport, signs along U.S. 6 still reflect the [...]

By |2018-01-18T15:19:30-05:00April 6th, 2016|Highways, Illinois, Iowa, U. S. Highways|0 Comments

Observations from the road: Quad Cities to Chicago

The last day of our eight day trek through the Upper Midwest took us from the Quad Cities area back to Chicago before heading southward to home. Leaving around lunchtime, we traveled I-74 through Bettendorf and Moline, catching a glimpse of the current utility work being performed in preparation of the I-74 rebuild across the Mississippi River. We then hooked up with I-80 east toward Lasalle and Joliet. [...]

Observations from the road: Topeka to the Quad Cities

Day 7 of our Midwest/Great Plains trip takes us east from Topeka back through Kansas City and then north to Des Moines before ending the day in the Quad Cities. We started out deciding to explore the Topeka area freeway system with spurs north and south along U.S. 75 before returning to Kansas City to finish our documentation there. Passing through the tri-level stack interchange from Interstate 70 [...]

By |2018-01-18T15:19:49-05:00July 17th, 2015|Interstate Highways, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, U. S. Highways|0 Comments

Observations from the road: Omaha to St. Joseph

Day 6 of our Midwest/Great Plains trip started out redriving many of the Omaha area freeways, dodging thunderstorms southward to Kansas City, and figuring out how far south to travel in Kansas. This post focuses on our morning drive around Omaha and the first AARoads visit to St. Joseph since Justin took photos here in 2003. More button copy remains in service along Interstate 680 around the city [...]

By |2018-01-18T15:19:53-05:00July 14th, 2015|Highways, Interstate Highways, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska|0 Comments

Observations from the road: Fargo to Omaha

Day five of our Midwest/Great Plains trip took us from a start in West Fargo southward along the I-29 corridor to the Council Bluffs, Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska area. A cloudy and drizzly morning appeared to be setting the stage for another murky day, but as it progressed, the clouds finally lifted resulting in a great day to explore some roads. Construction is underway along Business Loop I-94 & U.S. [...]

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