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I-80 Mississippi River Bridge Update & Public Meeting

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Illinois Department of Transportation

The Illinois and Iowa departments of transportation are asking the public for more help about how to improve the Interstate-80 bridge.

It's more than 50 years old (opened in 1966) and crosses the Mississippi River between Rapids City, IL and LeClaire, IA.

The departments will hold a virtual public meeting about the project on Wednesday, May 11th, 2022. (Illinois is the lead for this project.)

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Becky Marruffo, Engineer of Program Development, IL DOT, District 2

Becky Marruffo is the Engineer of Program Development at the Illinois DOT, District 2 office in Dixon. She says the project includes the bridge, plus six miles of highway and the I-80/I-88 interchange. But it no longer includes one section of interstate near Bettendorf's Middle Road. It will end at 35st Street SW instead (see image below).

During the virtual meeting, a range of potential options will be presented, starting with a no-build alternative. The Illinois DOT has already set aside $305 million for the project. And Marruffo says the two state will split the cost, 50/50.

Wednesday's online, I-80 bridge meeting will run from 4:00 until 5:30 P.M. A link to register is on the project website, I-80 Mississippi Bridge.

The team is asking for public comments through May 25th.

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Screenshot with information about the scope of the I-80 bridge and highway project

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