I74 bridge was a toll bridge initially and had only single span northbound. To satisfy traffic, a southbound span was added in 1959. However, the toll booth was closed in December 1969. The I74 was designed for crossing 48,000 vehicles per day. But, the average traffic is 80,000 per day and is expected to increase to over 100, 000 vehicles in the next ten years. The I74bridge has no shoulder currently and does not meet the Interstate roadways standard. It was rated one of the worst bridges in the United States by the Department of Transportation quality standards. Detailed Study revealed that the existing bridge is no longer safe for the public. A new bridge along with the ramps and Streets leading to the bridge are under construction.
Are you ready for the Basket Handle True Arch Twin Bridge coming up soon. The new bridge is expected to be completed by 2020! A new I74 corridor is planned by the Department of Transportation of Illinois and Iowa. The I74 bridge is funded by Iowa state, Illinois state, Moline, and Bettendorf. The planning and design phase of the project have been presented and a major construction is under progress. As the initial measures, both Moline and Bettendorf are in the process of acquiring properties along the bridge. A major redesign of the roadways and businesses is planned on both sides of the river. Residents and businesses are optimistic about the new I74 bridge and are excited to see the ongoing progress!
The I74 bridge is going through crucial phase of building the approach spans, west bound viaduct, east bound viaduct, mainline, and ramps. Mussel relocation is under progress and is expected to be completed in Spring 2017. Contractors are getting together for bidding for the engineering masterpiece and prestigious project in the Quad Cities.
Contractors can bid on the 8 mile long I74 corridor on single or joint projects. The three and half year project has four main contracts and thirteen other contracts. Iowa DOT has partnered with Bid Express for bidding management.
Contractors are required to register in the Iowa DBE and get certified. Approved suppliers can be found at MAPLE.iowadot.gov. Contractors are required to get all permits and certifications from the USCG, EPA, FAA, US Army Corp of Engineers, US Fisheries and Wildlife, Sovereign Lands Construction permit, and so on.
The I74 project has approval from EPA to work fifty feet either side of the proposed corridor. Contractors are authorized to work in approved areas and are provided with bathymetric survey of the river as part of supplementary documents. The Illinois side is shallow and has sensitive areas such as the Sylvan Island.
Illinois rules and regulations vary from Iowa and contractors are expected to get required permits on that side as well. The project is expected to be completed by Nov 2019 and the demolition and landscaping is targeted for Nov 2020. The DOT are aiming at smooth transition and traffic staging before the current bridge is demolished.
The project has numerous challenges with respect to the strict timelines and milestones. The DOT and EPA are encouraging the contractors to collaborate and complete the project in time to acquire the shared bonus special provisions. The authorities are willing to work with any contractor who may foresee delays and help them speed up within reasonable limits. Local sub contractors in the Quad Cities are highly optimistic about the project and are enthusiastic about the joint ventures.
I74 Bridge construction has become a daily challenge to the residents getting to work and school every morning. The bridge cameras come in handy to make a decision and expect traffic and arrival times. The cameras on the I74 bridge installed by the Department of Transportation are useful for the daily commuters as well in order to monitor the traffic and if required change their route. Watch out for the construction zones and changing cones and lanes! It is suggested to use the zipper merge technique and give some buffer time to reach your destination. Here are some of the useful links to check the live traffic and traffic cameras on the I74 bridge.
View the different live traffic cameras on the I74 bridge to get a real time update. Plan your trip across the I74 bridge and reach on time!
If you see more traffic on the I74 bridge, you can take an alternate route on the Centennial bridge (Now renamed as The Master Sergeant Stanley Talbot Memorial Bridge). Here are the live traffic cameras.
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