Barrier walls will be removed overnight Thursday in order to open three Iowa-bound lanes of the new Interstate 74 bridge prior to peak morning traffic on Friday.
Weather-permitting, of course.
Local 4 News will be taking part in a media sneak peek on Wednesday. Watch Local 4 News This Morning for your first look at the new bridge.
Here’s what’s changing:
Going to Iowa
In Moline, motorists going to Iowa will be able to access Iowa-bound I-74 at Avenue of the Cities, 6th Avenue and River Drive.
No more U-turn
Motorists going to Iowa will be able to continue onto the new bridge. At this time, the river bridge will allow three lanes of Iowa-bound traffic.
After crossing the river bridge to Iowa, motorists can either exit at Grant Street/U.S. 67 in Bettendorf or continue ontowards Middle Road and Davenport.
New ramp locations in Moline
At River Drive, a new on-ramp will open to provide a more direct, and easier access to the river bridge.
The on-ramp at 7th Avenue has also moved. Motorists will be able to access Iowa-bound I-74 via the new ramp located at 6th Avenue. A new connecting road will allow motorists on westbound 7th Avenue to access the 6th Avenue on-ramp.
The speed limit on Iowa-bound I-74 will be 55 mph. The interstate will still be considered a construction zone so motorists should continue to drive with caution.
Going to Illinois
The plan is to put two-way, head-to-head traffic on the new Iowa-bound bridge, but not yet.
Illinois-bound traffic will continue to use the old bridge and the existing detour route to 7th Avenue and 19th Street.
Motorists can continue to access Illinois-bound I-74 via the existing ramps in Bettendorf.
Illinois-bound traffic is anticipated to shift to the new bridge in a two-way configuration this winter.