I-74 Bridge


Beginning Monday, the Channel Cat Water Taxi will travel along a new route to accommodate construction of the I-74 bridge.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the I-74 bridge.
Lacy Scarmana / WVIK

It's a project more than 17 years in the making. On Monday, a ground-breaking ceremony signaled the next chapter for the new I-74 bridge between Bettendorf and Moline.

A drawing of the new I-74 bridge.
Iowa Department of Transportation

Plans for a new Interstate 74 bridge have been in the works for over a decade. And Monday, the Iowa and Illinois Departments of Transportation will hold a ground-breaking ceremony for the bridge that will connect Bettendorf and Moline. 

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. 

One of the early efforts at cooperation among local governments is now celebrating a milestone. And helping the Bi-State Regional Commission mark its 50th anniversary Wednesday will be top officials from both Iowa and Illinois. 

Moving Mussels

Aug 2, 2016
Gary J. Wege/USFWS.

After nearly 20 years of planning, a project has started to save thousands of mussels in the Mississippi River between Moline and Bettendorf. Tuesday a Saint Louis company began re-locating mussels along the route of the new I-74 bridge. 

http://bit.ly/28YLT8S / Bi-State Regional Commission

Local officials want to know Quad Cities residents would spend federal transportation funds. Tomorrow, the Bi-State Regional Commission's transportation policy committee will hold a public hearing about the Transportation Improvement Program for 2017 through 2020.

City of Moline

Now that several major projects are underway in downtown Moline, how can the city improve transportation between them, by car, bike, and on foot. Wednesday the Planning Commission and Project Management Team will discuss a proposed transportation plan for the riverfront.

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.