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Drivers, Boaters, Bike Riders & Walkers Should Avoid I-74 in the Quad Cities Sunday Morning.

No one will be allowed anywhere in the vicinity during the demolition of the old, eastbound side of the bridge.

Spokesman, George Ryan, says crews from the Helm Group plan to use controlled explosives on the remaining parts of the old, Illinois-bound bridge.

"All the pavement's gone. All the floor system's gone on the eastbound side, all the steel in the floor system and everything. The only thing that really remains for the most part is the towers and cables."

On Saturday night, the new bike and pedestrian lane of the new I-74 bridge will be closed for about 24 hours.

Starting Sunday morning at six, navigation in the main channel of the Mississippi River near the bridge will be shut down for up to a day. Other areas of the river may be restricted for up to three days.

Then at 7 am, for at least one hour, Interstate 74 and the new bridge will be closed to vehicles. Detours will be in place for through-traffic to use I-80 and 280. Local traffic will be detoured to Centennial Bridge between Davenport and Rock Island.

Bettendorf's riverfront trail, Leach Park, and the parking lot near the bridge will be closed.

The bridge project team is encouraging people to watch the demolition online using webcams HERE.

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