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Iowa, Illinois Governors Break Ground on I-74 Bridge Reconstruction Project

The governors of Iowa and Illinois – Kim Reynolds and Bruce Rauner – joined in a ground-breaking ceremony June 26 to launch a $1.2 billion bi-state project to build a new Interstate 74 Mississippi River Bridge.

capitol0816.jpgA joint announcement said Iowa and Illinois share jurisdiction of the I-74 corridor, and the Iowa Department of Transportation is lead agency for the bridge construction and corresponding projects within Iowa, while the Illinois DOT is a partner in the bridge project and the lead agency for related projects within Illinois.

They said both agencies are working closely to coordinate construction activities with the riverside cities of Bettendorf and Davenport on the Iowa side, Moline and Rock Island in Illinois.

"The Iowa and Illinois departments of transportation, along with their design partners, have come up with a plan for a safe, modern and visually spectacular structure that will replace two aging bridges," Reynolds said. "This new bridge will serve as a vital east-west link for the Midwest and help both states improve their regional and global options for moving goods."

The project is expected to take three and a half years to complete, and planners say it will improve travel and safety through the corridor. The governors said construction will begin this summer and should be finished in 2021.

"Working together, our states and communities will build a modern, state-of-the-art project that showcases the quality of our workforce and creates economic opportunity for generations to come," said Rauner. "We are building more than just a bridge, but a vital piece of the country's transportation network that will promote commerce throughout the Midwest."

Besides building the bridge, the announcement said the work will improve travel along I-74 between 53rd Street in Davenport and across the river to Avenue of the Cities in Moline. A new pedestrian and bike path that connects to existing local paths also is included in the project.

Artist's concept of the bridge as seen from the river. / IowaDOT

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