New Traffic Pattern proposed for Illinois-bound I-74: Changes would be implemented in 2020
The Iowa and Illinois Departments of Transportation and the construction team are making progress building the new I-74 River Bridge over the Mississippi River and reconstructing the interstate to improve transportation in the Quad Cities.
As a new phase of construction begins, the Illinois Department of Transportation has proposed a traffic pattern change for Illinois-bound I-74, which would allow construction crews to continue expanding the interstate in Moline while work advances on the river bridge.
New traffic pattern would allow work to be completed on schedule in Moline
With Iowa-bound I-74 lanes in Moline scheduled for completion by the end of 2019, work can begin on the Illinois-bound lanes in 2020.
Under the original project timeline, I-74 traffic was expected to shift to the newly constructed Iowa-bound bridge and roadways by the end of 2019. But that is no longer possible due to a delay in bridge construction. A proposed solution has been developed that would allow roadway construction in Moline to be complete by the end of 2020. The plan would require temporarily detouring Illinois-bound I-74 through-traffic to I-280. Local traffic on Illinois-bound I-74 would have the option to exit at 7th Avenue in Moline and take southbound 19th Street to continue south and then get back on Illinois-bound I-74 at Avenue of the Cities. The detour for Iowa-bound I-74 through-traffic would continue to be I-80.
How will the proposed traffic pattern impact motorists?
If the proposed changes are implemented, I-74 in Moline would be completed on schedule in 2020. Illinois-bound I-74 through-traffic would be detoured to other interstate highways to help reduce congestion on I-74. Local traffic would have the option to use 19th Street, which is estimated to add two-to-three minutes to the average travel time from Middle Road in Bettendorf to Avenue of the Cities in Moline. This traffic configuration would begin in Spring 2020 and remain in place until the new Iowa-bound bridge is complete.
If the proposed changes are not implemented, your commute from Iowa to Illinois will remain the same throughout 2020. However, construction crews would not be able to finish I-74 in Moline until 2021 and there would be an estimated $6.7 million increase in project costs due to delaying construction.
We want to hear from you!
The public is encouraged to provide feedback on the proposed traffic pattern changes. Comments may be submitted on the project website at I74RiverBridge.com or by mail to: I-74 River Bridge Project (1443 Brown Street, Bettendorf, IA 52722 )
All comments related to the proposed changes submitted by January 11, 2020 will become part of the official project record.
Upon review of the comments, the I-74 River Bridge project team will update the project files and submit the proposed changes for approval. Once approval is received, the proposed traffic pattern is anticipated to be implemented in Spring 2020 and will be announced to the public.
I-74 River Bridge Progress
The I-74 River Bridge project is moving forward. There have been adjustments to construction timelines due to a variety of factors but together, we are overcoming those challenges and working as quickly as possible to build a safe, sound and reliable transportation system.
When it’s all said and done, construction detours will be a distant memory, and families, businesses and visitors will all enjoy an iconic structure with faster travel times, safer interchanges, and an improved traveling experience for generations to come.
Follow construction progress at I74RiverBridge.com and on social media @I74RiverBridge. A project hotline is also available at 1-866-I74-4ALL.
Open House Informational Meeting:
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
1201 River Drive
The Illinois Department of Transportation is holding an Open House Informational Meeting to propose a new traffic pattern for Illinois-bound I-74 local traffic in Moline. The new traffic pattern would allow construction crews to continue expanding the interstate as part of the I-74 River Bridge project. The public may attend at any time between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to view a video presentation, exhibits, and speak with project team members. The public is encouraged to submit comments on the proposed traffic changes by January 11, 2020 to be included in the official project record. Open house materials will be available on the website the day after the meeting. Comments can be submitted at the meeting or on the project website at https://i74riverbridge.com/contact_us/.
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Current & Upcoming Locations:
March 2, 2020 - June 1, 2020
Davenport Public Library
6000 Eastern Ave
June 4 - September 27, 2019
Rock Island Public Library
401 19th Street
Rock Island, IL
September 21, 2019
Quad Cities Marathon Expo at TaxSlayer Center
1201 River Dr
June 8, 2019 from 12 PM - 6 PM
Bettendorf "Be Downtown" Event
The Bridges Lofts
1501 State Street
March 26 - May 31, 2019
Rock Island Arsenal Museum
1 Rock Island Arsenal
Building 60 - 3500 North Avenue
Rock Island, IL
June 15 - December 31, 2018
Bettendorf Public Library
2950 Learning Campus Dr.
June 9 - 10, 2018
The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
350 East 3rd Street
Port of Dubuque, IA
February 16 - May 31, 2018
Moline Public Library
3210 41st St.
Coffee Chat with Mayor Acri - I-74 River Bridge Q&A Event
Monday, October 30th
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Moline Police Department
Public Meeting Room (just off of the lobby area)
1640 6th Avenue
Moline, IL 61265
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
136 East Third Street
Davenport, Iowa 52801
Thursday, July 20, 2017
4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
1201 River Drive
Moline, Illinois 61265