The $850 million Interstate 74 Bridge Corridor project includes a new eight-lane span over the Mississippi River that connects the Illinois and Iowa sides of the Quad Cities and the supporting bridge approaches, ramps, and highway connections. The City of Moline and Renew Moline are currently meeting with developers and weighing the best options for the land where the former bridge once stood. Some potential ideas are mixed-use retail and also a green space component with recreation.
The proposed realignment will form a fluid, safe, and highly-functioning river crossing; one that will increase the capacity of motor vehicles and pedestrians traveling across the Mississippi River.
This bi-state public transportation project is being managed by both the Illinois and Iowa Departments of Transportation (IDOT). This initiative is the number one public works project in the Quad Cities region.
Funding for the project is being provided by federal and state sources. The funding will be implemented in stages over a multi-year period.
A Basket Handle True Arch Twin Bridge design was selected by the communities of Moline, Davenport, and Bettendorf and the two state IDOTs as the most appropriate style for the river span. This bridge will become an iconic landmark of the entire region.
The I-74 Realignment plan calls for three lanes of traffic in each direction, with one additional lane used for emergency vehicles. The new passing will be much safer as well as aesthetically appealing than the antiquated, century-old structure. Along with the increased in lanes of traffic, a bike path will be work into the project connecting Moline’s bike paths with those of Bettendorf.
Construction is now in Phase 2 – Avenue of the Cities in Moline to Middle Road in Bettendorf, new Mississippi River Bridge and multi-use trail are underway. The bridge is expected to be completed in 2022.