New I-74 Mississippi River Bridge Update

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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 eastern bridge carrying two-way traffic, removal of the existing bridge viaducts can move forward, allowing for completion of work on the second (eastbound) span.

We took a look at the new bridge on the morning of May 27, 2018. The Bettendorf side is easily accessible from Riverfront Trail:

The Moline side is more industrial and the active construction zone extends north from River Drive to the river:

Associated work widens Interstate 74 both north and south of the Mississippi River. Grading work is already underway, with traffic shifted temporarily to the outside as construction takes place within the freeway median. Six-laning of I-74 will extend south from 7th Avenue to Avenue of the Cities in Moline, Illinois and north from U.S. 67 (Grant Street) to Middle Road in Bettendorf, Iowa.

By | 2018-06-07T14:12:58+00:00 June 7th, 2018|Illinois, Interstate Highways, Iowa|Comments Off on New I-74 Mississippi River Bridge Update

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