As work continues on the new, I-74 Bridge, people who live and work in Moline will soon have to deal with the closure of a busy intersection.
On Wednesday, the city and state departments of transportation presented details about the work on 7th Avenue and 19th Streets.
Ryan Hippen, an engineer with the Illinois DOT, says first, 7th Avenue just east of I-74 will be reduced to one lane in each direction. That will allow a crew to remove the median.
Then on September 25th, the street and intersection with 19th Street will be closed. The 7th Avenue I-74 ramps will remain open, but drivers will only be able to turn one way when leaving the highway. Entrance ramps will only be accessible from the east. But signs and detours will be in place to guide traffic around the intersection.
The 7th Avenue and 19th Street intersection in Moline will be closed from late this month until the beginning of December. Hippen says drivers should use River Drive whenever possible.
It's just one part of the $1.2 billion, I-74 project, which includes the bridge and nearly eight miles of interstate, between the Avenue of the Cities in Moline and 53rd Street in Davenport. More information is available online at I74riverbridge.com.
A webcam at the Isle of Capri in Bettendorf is taking a photograph of the project every 15 minutes. It's available HERE and features four views, plus "Panorama" and "Gigapixel Panorama" with the ability to zoom in. Viewers may also watch a time lapse video.