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I-74 Mississippi River Bridge project in Quad Cities
Image: Lunda Construction / Iowa & Illinois DOT
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held this week to celebrate opening the new I-74 Mississippi River Bridge to traffic in the Quad Cities between Iowa and Illinois. The new I-74 Mississippi River Bridge is anticipated to open to traffic in early December, delivering four lanes in each direction. The…
December 02, 2021
The Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) is studying improvements to allow traffic to flow more safely and efficiently through the Des Moines metropolitan area. The concept—called Integrated Corridor Management (ICM)—brings together key partners to look at how the entire transportation…
August 20, 2021
U.S Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced that the Biden-Harris Administration intends to award $905.25 million to 24 projects in 18 states under the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program.  These grants advance the Administration…
July 01, 2021
The Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) last week presented the Iowa Transportation Commission with its draft FY 2022-2026 Iowa Transportation Improvement Program. The program documents investments in Iowa’s multimodal transportation system covering aviation, public transit, railroads,…
May 17, 2021
Iowa DOT using audible attenuators to increase short-term work zone awareness
Image: Iowa DOT
The Iowa Department of Transportation is employing a number of safety practices including the use of audible attenuators on short-term, stationary, or slow-moving maintenance operations. The attenuators are designed to warn drivers of crews ahead and take the impact of a crash if a driver does not…
April 30, 2021
Over 220,000 U.S. bridges in need of repair, analysis of federal data shows
There are 175 million daily crossings on over 45,000 structurally deficient U.S. bridges in poor condition. Image: ARTBA
Over 220,000 U.S. bridges need major repair work or should be replaced, according to an analysis of the U.S. DOT 2020 National Bridge Inventory (NBI) database.  That figure represents 36%, or more than one-third, of all U.S. bridges. The analysis of the NBI database was conducted by the American…
March 25, 2021
Illinois-bound I-74 Mississippi River Bridge making progress
Crews install the 18th arch segment for the Illinois-bound bridge in January 2021. Image: Lunda Construction Co.
The Illinois DOT and Iowa DOT this week provided a progress update on the Illinois-bound I-74 Mississippi River Bridge project between Moline, Illinois and Bettendorf, Iowa. The first week of February, crews installed the first of four intermediate struts (crossbeam) on the Illinois-bound arch. At…
February 12, 2021
I-74 Mississippi River Bridge expected to open by the end of the month
Image: I-74 Mississippi River Bridge (Illinois DOT and Iowa DOT)
The Illinois DOT and Iowa DOT this week announced that the Iowa-bound I-74 Mississippi River Bridge is anticipated to open by the end of November. According to the project website, crews are working quickly to prepare the new bridge for traffic. Ongoing tasks include painting the arch, finishing…
November 06, 2020
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently announced the latest recipients of federal funds to help enhance safety and rebuild infrastructure with cutting-edge innovations that can potentially be replicated nationwide. In this round of awards, Alabama, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts,…
October 26, 2020
Pa. Turnpike layoffs, Iowa looking at project delays, Ohio crews struck roadside, and more
Photo source: Dylan Miller via wallpaperflare
The Pennsylvania Turnpike is laying off 500 fare collectors as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, turning to a cashless, all-electronic tolling system permanently. This decision was unanimously approved by Turnpike commissioners. “I deeply regret that we have reached this point, but the world…
June 05, 2020
Several state DOTs are anticipating a steep decline in gas tax revenue over the next several months as a result of reduced travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency.  The lack of revenue, for many of these states, means some state DOTs will be delaying highway, road, and…
May 15, 2020
The Iowa DOT this week presented the Iowa Transportation Commission with the draft FY 2021-2025 Iowa Transportation Improvement Program. The program documents investments in Iowa’s multimodal transportation system covering aviation, public transit, railroads, trails, and highways. The commission…
May 14, 2020
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