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     Dozens turned out to a public meeting Wednesday night on the new I-74 bridge project. Both the Iowa and Illinois Departments of Transportation hosted the open house-style meeting.          

    Officials are aiming to give people enough time to plan and understand what construction will mean for them. Many say that getting a look at the design boards showing phases of the work and traffic control plans really helped to visualize the project.

   "It's a large project. One of the biggest projects we've had in the quad cities and I think everyone around here is interested in how it's going to impact them, what the future of the city is going to be like," said Moline resident Linda Sykes.

     The bridge project has been years in the making. Since the initial design many things have changed including doing the work in phases instead of the whole corridor at once, as well as the accelerated construction schedule from 8 years down to just 3 and half now.

     Some of the work will get started on River Drive in Moline as early as this fall. Then next year crews will work on Grant and State Streets in Bettendorf. Construction of the actual bridge is slated to start in 2017.

     Impact on travel is inevitable. In 2019 the plan is reroute thru traffic on westbound I-74 around on Interstate 80. Local access across the river will remain open.

    The second meeting, Thursday, April 24th is from 4-7 at the Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf.
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