Construction will close lane of I-74 Bridge for a year

BETTENDORF, Iowa (KWQC) - 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.