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Upcoming Construction Season Will Be Most Challenging

As contractors take advantage of a warm spell, transportation officials overseeing the I-74 bridge project say the 2019 construction season will challenge everyone involved.

Michelle O'Neill reports.

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Ryan Hippen, Field Engineer, IL DOT (file 2017)

Ryan Hippen, a Field Engineer with the Illinois DOT, says in the spring, the westbound lanes to Iowa will be closed in Moline.

The local detour will be 19th Street between the Avenue of the Cities and River Drive (see map in slideshow).

In downtown Bettendorf, traffic will be detoured to 14th Street and Kimberly Road (see map in slideshow).

From now through April 1st, Hippen says the contractor in Illinois will work on preliminary projects necessary for the detours. For example, a noise abatement wall will be built near the Avenue of the Cities ramp.

Crews will also install foundations for detour signs along I-74 and 19th Street. In addition, Hippen says work will begin to install signs to send through traffic to Interstates 80 and 280. More information is HERE.

Officially, Michelle's title for 28 years was WVIK News Editor. She did everything there is to do in the newsroom and whatever was needed around the radio station. She also served as Acting News Director from September 2023 - January 2024.
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