Iowa Department of Transportation

If all goes according to plan, construction of the new I-74 bridge will begin this summer. Tuesday the Iowa Department of Transportation opened bids for the project connecting Moline with Bettendorf, across the Mississippi River.

A drawing of the new bridge.

Now that some of the preparation work is finished, actual construction of the new I-74 is next.

On Midwest Week — an update and a timetable. 


Motorists who travel along John Deere Road better prepare themselves for delays and detours. On Thursday a two-year project begins to widen John Deere Road in Moline. 

Drivers in Bettendorf will have to get used to finding alternate routes this year. Tuesday night the city council will hold a public hearing on the new budget, and it includes millions of dollars for major road, sewer, and storm sewer projects.

View of the 7th Avenue on-ramp in Moline
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As we wait for the new Interstate-74 bridge to be built, the Illinois Department of Transportation continues to make sure the existing one is safe.

Illinois DOT

A rest area along I-74 in Henry County just got a little greener. Thanks to the Illinois Department of Transportation, a new wind turbine was built at the Krisdala Baka rest area between Moline and Galesburg.

Spokesman Brian Williamsen says the turbine was built in an area with plenty of wind. 

The turbine cost almost 220-thousand dollars, funded through the DOT's capital improvement budget.

It's 100 feet tall and generates up to 250 thousand kilowatt hours per year. Williamsen says this is the first wind turbine the Illinois DOT has built at a facility. 

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Hundreds of local residents turned out Wednesday to look at plans to re-configure the I-74 John Deere Road interchange in Moline. The Illinois Department of Transportation held an open house at the Moline Library to show its preliminary proposals designed to improve safety and handle more traffic.

Illinois Department of Transportation

  Some major changes are being considered for a busy highway interchange in the Quad Cities. Wednesday, the Illinois Department of Transportation will hold an open house to show its proposed improvements for the I-74 and John Deere Road interchange in Moline. 

Matt Farmer from the DOT office in Dixon, says the changes would improve safety and allow for increased traffic and a smoother flow. The vertical clearance for the highway, under John Deere Road, would also be increased.