UPDATE: More detours for construction of the I-74 bridge took effect Tuesday

BETTENDORF, Iowa (KWQC) - UPDATE 3/26: More traffic detours went into play Tuesday, March 26th as construction for the I-74 continues.

The Iowa-bound I-74 traffic has been reduced to one lane and all traffic must take Exit 4 onto Grant Street/U.S. 67 in Bettendorf.

Through May 2019 only, local traffic in Bettendorf will be routed from Grant Street/U.S. 67 to 14th Street, then to Kimberly Road, and then to Middle Road to access Iowa-bound I-74.

After that, in June 2019, weather permitting, local traffic on the Iowa-bound bridge will have to take Exit 4 to Grant Street/U.S. 67 in Bettendorf. Traffic will then be able to use the existing on-ramp at 14th Street to access Iowa-bound I-74.

Our team drove these detours Tuesday morning and noticed substantial backups. Around the 7:00 A.M. hour, it took nearly 30 minutes to drive the entire route from Moline back onto the I-74 in Bettendorf. By the 8:00 A.M. hour, it took around 15 minutes. If you drive this route in those early morning hours, you'll want to plan accordingly and get out the door early.

UPDATE 3/20: More changes begin Wednesday, March 20 in Bettendorf as part of the I-74 Bridge Project.

Beginning Wednesday, local traffic on the Iowa-bound bridge must take Exit 4 to Grant Street/U.S. 67 in Bettendorf.

Through May 2019 only, local traffic in Bettendorf will be routed from Grant Street/U.S. 67 to 14th Street, then to Kimberly Road, and then to Middle Road to access Iowa-bound I-74.

After that, in June 2019, weather permitting, local traffic on the Iowa-bound bridge will have to take Exit 4 to Grant Street/U.S. 67 in Bettendorf. Traffic will then be able to use the existing on-ramp at 14th Street to access Iowa-bound I-74.

UPDATE 3/19: Officials with the Illinois State Police tell TV6 that the ramp from River Drive to I-74 westbound will remain two lanes.

Beginning Wednesday, March 20, the Iowa Department of Transportation will be closing one lane in the middle of the bridge, heading westbound, and all traffic must exit at the first exit at Grant Street in Iowa.

UPDATE: Monday is the big day where traffic will be brought down to one lane Iowa bound in I-74. Officials say local traffic will still be able to travel on I-74 from Moline to Bettendorf, however, you may experience delays, so take a look at the video for detour routes below.

ORIGINAL:
Get ready for more Bridgelock on the I-74 Bridge.

Transportation officials from Iowa and Illinois just announced that one Iowa-bound lane will close starting Monday, March 18, 2019, and traffic will remain that way until early 2020., They admit this stage of construction will be the most difficult for drivers.

"Committed to working together to make traffic flow as good as it can be in the quad cities during this stage of the project. Which I mentioned before is the worst stage of the project for traffic control,” said George Ryan, I-74 Corridor Manager.

Officials stressed the bridge over the Mississippi River will remain open during construction, but it will be suggested that interstate traffic from outside the local area use I-80 and I-280 in order to avoid congestion on the bridge.

In addition, local traffic traveling to downtown Moline and Bettendorf will be routed around certain sections of I-74 using local roads.

"Watch for signs, watch for detours, watch for local signs,” said Ryan.

The changes are being made to accommodate construction of the new I-74 Bridge, which is expected to open to Iowa-bound traffic in the first half of 2020. Weather, especially flooding, could impact that timeline.

"Floods are going to hamper and they will work around it as best as they can. Let’s just pray that the floods are minimal and aren't long duration. As you said we will have to deal with Mother Nature we'll deal with her the best as we can,” said Ryan.

Starting March 18th:
-Local traffic heading to downtown Moline must use 19th St.
-Local traffic heading to Bettendorf must use Iowa-bound I-74 on-ramp at River Dr.
-All on-and-off-ramps will remain open on Illinois-bound I-74 during the 2019 construction season.