Illinois Department of Transportation

A man with a beard in a green jacket looks at a very large photo and map propped up on an easel.
Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Local drivers expect delays and some confusion as crews start widening John Deere Road in Moline. But they also look forward to less congestion and faster trips after the work is done in two years.

Yesterday, the Illinois Department of Transportation held a open house to answer questions about the $51 million project.

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. 

Ill Dept of Transportation

After many years of study, the Illinois Department of Transportation has decided not to widen a historic highway in Whiteside County. Thursday afternoon it will hold a public open house in Morrison to explain the decision affecting US 30, from Fulton to Rock Falls.


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. 

city of Galesburg

Driving through downtown Galesburg may soon be a whole lot easier and faster. A ground breaking ceremony was held Friday morning for the East Main Street Underpass project - that'll take traffic under the BNSF tracks on the edge of downtown.

On hand for the ceremony were officials of the city, railroad, and Illinois Department of Transportation. 

Drone for the Holidays ?

Dec 21, 2015
Illinois Department of Transportation

In a normal year, the Illinois Department of Transportation's only concern during the holidays would be winter driving tips, and warnings about detours. But this year is different.

Illinois Department of Transportation

Good news for local motorists - the lane closures on the Centennial Bridge between Rock Island and Davenport will end on Friday. Weather permitting, the Illinois Department of Transportation says the contractor doing repairs on the bridge will complete the final pavement markings, and remove the barriers.

Even though all four lanes will be open to traffic, the two year, 3.3 million dollar repair project isn't quite finished. But the remaining work can be done underneath the bridge, without restricting traffic. 

Moline Historic Preservation Commission

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

Lane closures will continue on the Centennial Bridge longer than expected.

Originally, the Illinois Department of Transportation said the final stages of the two-year repair project would end this week, and all four lanes would be re-open. But now the completion date has been pushed back two weeks.The DOT blames what it calls "complications" with the final repairs.It does say however, equipment will be moved off the bridge this weekend for the Quad Cities Marathon. 

wvik staff

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.