submitted / I-74 Mississippi River Bridge project

This morning, a huge crane hoisted the final piece of the new, I-74 bridge arch into place. A crew is working on the Iowa-bound side of the bridge over the Mississippi River between Moline and Bettendorf.

Michelle O'Neill reports the project manager says this day was a long time coming. / I-74 Mississippi River Bridge project

It'll be a couple of weeks before a contractor installs the final piece on top of the Iowa-bound arches for the new, I-74 bridge. Michelle O'Neill reports everyone's excited about it. / I-74 Mississippi River Bridge project

After a week off, Lunda construction employees got back to work Monday on the new I-74 bridge. / I-74 Mississippi River Bridge project website

A contractor has completed a big part of the I-74 bridge project. / I-74 River Bridge

As expected, 2019 has been challenging for the engineers and contractors who are building the new I-74 bridge in the Quad Cities.

After a harsh winter caused minor delays, Lunda Construction started erecting the steel sections of the bridge arches in March.

But then, as Michelle O'Neill reports the Mississippi River began to rise, and record flooding caused more delays. / Iowa Department of Transportation, "511 Iowa" website

Tomorrow, a crew will begin adding a lane to the I-74 bridge off-ramp in Bettendorf.

For weeks, west-bound traffic has been forced to exit onto Grant Street, using only one lane. / Google Maps & Bridgehunter website

Starting next week, drivers will not be able to use the Rock Island viaduct on weeknights. The arsenal garrison says on Sunday night, a crew will begin repairing the bridge between Rock Island and Arsenal Island. 

Jessica Mumma / used with permission

One of the bridges over the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities will be closed for the next three Saturdays. 

submitted / Illinois Department of Transportation, I-74 River Bridge Project

Continuing road work on I-74 in Moline may cause more problems for drivers this week. The Illinois Department of Transportation says starting today at 8:00 am, a crew closed one eastbound lane under the Avenue of the Cities bridge. The lane is set to reopen at 3:00 pm. And the 8-to-3 schedule will be repeated Wednesday through Friday.

Courtesy of the Iowa DOT

Starting Friday, people who live and work in Bettendorf will have increased access to traveling over, and under, the new I-74 Mississippi River Bridge.

The virtual reality program has been available at the Moline library since February. But now it's crossed the river and will re-open at the library in Bettendorf.