According to the project website, crews are working quickly to prepare the new bridge for traffic. Ongoing tasks include painting the arch, finishing lighting installation and testing, striping the roadway, moving barrier walls, and installing new sign trusses over the roadway.
The I-74 Mississippi River Bridge project is part of a regional strategy for improving access across the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities. It includes the replacement of the I-74 twin bridges over the Mississippi River, interchange ramp reconfigurations, and interstate and local roadway improvements.
Bridge construction began in July 2017 and is anticipated to be completed in 2021. The new bridge will be more than twice as wide as the existing bridge, providing four lanes in each direction. A multiuse path on the bridge will connect to paths in Bettendorf and Moline. Between Middle Road in Bettendorf and Avenue of the Cities in Moline, I-74 will be expanded to three lanes in each direction with additional lanes at select locations.
SOURCE: I-74 Mississippi River Bridge (Illinois DOT and Iowa DOT)