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Shorter Construction Schedule For New I-74 Bridge Project

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     The long-awaited Interstate 74 bridge project across the Mississippi River still has a few years to get underway but officials are now saying it will be done sooner than we thought. Many drivers and nearby businesses are looking forward to less time dealing with construction headaches.

     Originally, the work was projected to take a total of eight years. It then was scaled back to five. Now officials say they've shaved off another year off of that, possibly more.
      "That's definitely a long time from eight to four years of less detours, less headache, less hassle for the guests coming to join us at the restaurant," said Shaun Staron, Assistant Director at Johnny's Italian Steakhouse in Moline.

     Many downtown Moline businesses see a lot of customers coming from across the river and vice versa. It's expected to be a drastic impact once work gets going, but there's some relief hearing there's a shorter construction schedule.

     "Then the hassle will be out of the way and business can get back to normal as soon as possible," said Staron.

      Squeezing all the work into a shorter time frame though will mean a lot going on at once. 'There will be detours on the road systems and in the downtown areas. There will be some ways we'll have to detour as we cross the river," said Denise Bulat, Executive Director of the Bi-State Regional Commission.

     Accelerating the work is not just about reducing traffic disruption, it's about maintaining costs on what's become a $1.2 billion project total. Different agencies have been meeting on a regular basis to fine tune the design and plan of action and next month the public can get closer look at how it's all going to affect them.

     "Folks will be able to see different stages of the project, when certain sections will be built," added Bulat.

     Public meetings will be held on April 23rd at the iWireless Center in Moline and on the 24th at the Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf, both 4 to 7 p-m.

 

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