I-74 bridge project

Iowa Department of Transportation

Construction of the new I-74 bridge has resulted in another detour in downtown Moline. Wednesday the on-ramp for eastbound traffic closed, at 19th Street and 7th Avenue. 

WVIK News

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.

City of Bettendorf

Bettendorf wants to be prepared when the new I-74 bridge opens downtown. This month, officials revealed a "master plan," that would give the city a new look, and add more businesses and homes.

City of Moline

The City of Moline is looking for someone to redevelop a vacant warehouse, that'll sit near the new I-74 bridge once its built. Last month, the city purchased the old Spiegel Warehouse on 20th Street, and today sent out a request for proposals.

In December, aldermen approved buying the lot that includes the Spiegel Moving and Storage building for over $300,000. Planning and Development Director, Ray Forsythe, says the 33,000 square foot, four-story building is structurally sound, and could be used for residential or commercial space.

Landmarks Illinois

The Moline Historic Preservation Commission is making "one last effort" to save a 115-year-old train depot. That follows the announcement this week from the Illinois Department of Transportation, that it will not pay to move the depot on River Drive, to make way for the new I-74 bridge.