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 [...]

By |2018-07-31T10:06:18+00:00June 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 [...]

By |2018-01-18T15:19:30+00:00April 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 [...]

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 [...]

By |2018-01-18T15:19:49+00:00July 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 [...]

By |2018-01-18T15:19:53+00:00July 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 [...]

QC Trip – Day 2 (I-74, I-72, I-172, etc.).

Brent drove from Chicago west to QC and met up for a joint trip southeast to Champaign. A quick cold front blew through the morning of, washing out most of the ride west. This view shows that construction along Interstate 88 (East-West Tollway) is finally complete! If you drove through in 2008, [...]

By |2018-01-18T15:20:25+00:00May 17th, 2010|Illinois, Interstate Highways, Iowa, Missouri, U. S. Highways|0 Comments
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