River Drive ramp closures to begin Tuesday in Moline

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MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) - UPDATE 1/8/2019:

Officials say starting on Tuesday, Jan. 8, weather permitting, the Illinois Department of Transportation will temporarily close the eastbound I-74 off-ramp to River Drive. This will be for Illinois-bound drivers. The off-ramp is anticipated to reopen on March 5.

- To reach eastbound River Drive, eastbound I-74 traffic should take the 7th Avenue exit, turn left (east) on 7th Avenue towards 23rd Street, turn left (north) on 23rd Street, and turn right onto River Drive.
- To reach westbound River Drive, eastbound I-74 traffic should take the 7th Avenue exit, turn right (west) onto 7th Avenue towards 19th Street, turn right (north) on 19th, 17th, 15, or 12th Streets to River Drive.

Ryan Hippen, Field Engineer with Illinois DOT recommends heading out the door a little early, "Please allow a little bit of extra drive time with the off-ramp closure using 7th Avenue exit ramp. It's going to cause some delays. So please be safe, please be careful and allow some extra time during your commutes."

We previously reported that the intermittent closures of westbound (Iowa-bound) I-74 on-ramp at River Drive would begin on January 8th. This start date has been delayed but Ryan Hippen, Field Engineer with Illinois DOT tells us this should begin by the middle of January.

When this goes into effect, DOT is recommending that motorists watch for flaggers on River Drive who will be directing traffic to 7th Avenue during the intermittent on-ramp closures. To reduce traffic backups and delays, message boards will be posted along the route and will communicate the status of the ramp closure to motorists. Motorists should use the 7th Avenue on-ramp as an alternate if backups occur.

This is all part of the I-74 Mississippi River Bridge reconstruction project that is expected to be completed in 2021.

UPDATE 1/2/2019: Officials with the I-74 bridge project have given an update on the recent construction.

Officials say starting on Tuesday, Jan. 8, weather permitting, the Illinois Department of Transportation will temporarily close the eastbound I-74 off-ramp to River Drive. This will be for Illinois-bound drivers. The off-ramp is anticipated to reopen on March 5.

Additionally, there will be an intermittent 20-minute closure of the on-ramp to westbound I-74 ramp at River Drive. That will begin on Jan. 8 between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The closures are necessary to allow contractors to construct support piers and set steel girders over the ramps for the new I-74 bridge.

Jan. 8 - March 5: Eastbound (Illinois-bound) I-74 off-ramp to River Drive Closed: The following detour routes are recommended:

- To reach eastbound River Drive, eastbound I-74 traffic should take the 7th Avenue exit, turn left (east) on 7th Avenue towards 23rd Street, turn left (north) on 23rd Street, and turn right onto River Drive.
- To reach westbound River Drive, eastbound I-74 traffic should take the 7th Avenue exit, turn right (west) onto 7th Avenue towards 19th Street, turn right (north) on 19th, 17th, 15, or 12th Streets to River Drive.

Jan. 8 - Jan. 23: Intermittent closures of westbound (Iowa-bound) I-74 on-ramp at River Drive:

- Motorists should watch for flaggers on River Drive who will be directing traffic to 7th Avenue during the intermittent on-ramp closures. To reduce traffic backups and delays, message boards will be posted along the route and will communicate the status of the ramp closure to motorists. Motorists should use the 7th Avenue on-ramp as an alternate if backups occur.

The work is part of the I-74 Mississippi River Bridge reconstruction project. Construction of the entire project is anticipated to be completed in 2021.

ORIGINAL 12/10/2018: Starting Monday, Dec. 10, the River Drive on-ramp to westbound I-74 will temporarily close. The closure will begin at 9 a.m.

Officials say the closure will be for pavement resurfacing and bridge joint repair. Officials expect the work to be completed by Tuesday, Dec. 11.

No official detour will be in place during this closure, however, motorists are encouraged to use the westbound I-74 on-ramp at 7th Avenue. From River Drive, take southbound 23rd Street and westbound 7th Avenue to the westbound I-74 on-ramp. From southbound 19th Street, take eastbound 6th Avenue, southbound 23rd Street, and westbound 7th Avenue to the westbound I-74 on-ramp.

The work is part of the I-74 Mississippi River Bridge reconstruction project. Construction of the entire project is anticipated to be completed in 2021.