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edwaleni:

--- Quote from: paulthemapguy on November 23, 2021, 09:43:22 PM ---So bizarre to see a Larkin Avenue running close to a St. Joseph Hospital...because the exact same situation takes place in Joliet. (Route 7 here is Larkin Avenue) https://www.google.com/maps/@41.5279726,-88.1308843,16.17z

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You are right! That is bizarre.

Larkin Ave. in Elgin is named after Cyrus Larkin, a farmer who owned over 400 acres west of town. 43 of those acres is now Elgin Larkin High School. He was a direct descendant of the Pilgrims of Plymouth who came on the Mayflower.

His relative, James Larkin ended up in Lockport, Illinois and his son Edward ran a large farm west of Joliet. Larkin Avenue ran through that farm.

All the Larkin's came to Illinois from Vermont.

Lyon Wonder:
The new I-74 bridge in the Quad Cities is now fully open to traffic with the old bridge completely shut down.

https://www.i74riverbridge.com/traffic/webcams.aspx

CtrlAltDel:

--- Quote from: Lyon Wonder on December 03, 2021, 11:54:51 PM ---The new I-74 bridge in the Quad Cities is now fully open to traffic with the old bridge completely shut down.

https://www.i74riverbridge.com/traffic/webcams.aspx

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That is good news. I might have to make a trip out there.

edwaleni:

--- Quote from: Lyon Wonder on December 03, 2021, 11:54:51 PM ---The new I-74 bridge in the Quad Cities is now fully open to traffic with the old bridge completely shut down.

https://www.i74riverbridge.com/traffic/webcams.aspx

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Fantastic. Definitely want to get out and see that in the Summer 2022.

pianocello:

--- Quote from: Lyon Wonder on December 03, 2021, 11:54:51 PM ---The new I-74 bridge in the Quad Cities is now fully open to traffic with the old bridge completely shut down.

https://www.i74riverbridge.com/traffic/webcams.aspx

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According to photos I saw on Facebook, there was a bit of an exit renumbering on the Illinois side as a result of this project. Going southbound (Illinois-bound/east) from the bridge, we have:

Exit 1A: TO IL-92 WEST / River Drive / 3rd Ave (formerly Exit 1)
Exit 1B: IL-92 EAST / 6th Ave (formerly Exit 2)
Exit (unknown; the tab wasn't installed in the photo I saw): Avenue of the Cities (formerly Exit 3)

I'm assuming the 6th Ave/7th Ave interchange is simply Exit 1 in the Iowa-bound direction, but I'll double check that when I visit over Christmas. I'll also be curious to see whether they'll renumber the Avenue of the Cities interchange too, since it's right at Mile Marker 2. I'm guessing it will stay Exit 3 though.

I want to know why they signed 3rd Ave at new Exit 1A, since the road that falls at that place in the city street grid is called River Drive for its entire length (unless the City of Moline changed something recently). At Exit 1B, I'm not sure why there wasn't any mention of 7th Ave, since that was the cross street at the interchange prior to construction (even after construction, the only way to go west towards Downtown Moline from that ramp is via 7th).

Also, there are signs for the Riverfront, TaxSlayer Center, and John Deere Pavilion directing traffic via Exit 1B (6th Ave/7th Ave), even though they're all right on River Drive, a couple blocks from the end of the ramp at Exit 1A. I wonder if that was deliberate or if they just duplicated the sign used in the Iowa-bound direction.

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