At Long Last, The I-74 Pedestrian Bridge Is About To Open
We finally know when the I-74 Mississippi River Pedestrian Bridge will open to the public.
The Iowa & Illinois Departments of Transportation, along with the cities of Bettendorf and Moline, announced today that the new bike & pedestrian path along the bridge is almost done and is set to open at the end of April.
The pedestrian bridge is 14 feet wide and is fully separated from traffic. It is also ADA accessible, according to a release.
To access the bridge:
- Moline: River Drive
- Bettendorf: Grant St/U.S. 67
In Bettendorf, while State St./12th are both under construction, watch for signage directing you through the area to get to the river bridge.
The dedication for the new bike/pedestrian bridge will be on May 18. Details on that are to be announced.
Iowa DOT Director Scott Marler said in the release:
One of the defining features of the new bridge is the bike and pedestrian path, welcoming both residents and visitors to explore the Quad Cities. There are only a handful of such paths on interstate bridges across the country and we’re thrilled to be part of bringing this unique feature to the area.
After construction on the pedestrian bridge is done, both Bettendorf and Moline will assume responsibility for the maintenance of it.
Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman said:
More and more cities across the country are looking for ways to make their communities more walkable and bike-friendly, including the Quad Cities. The bike and pedestrian path is a prime example of how transportation infrastructure can provide more travel options and better connect our communities.
To keep up with updates on the bridge, follow the I-74 River Bridge on Facebook, Twitter, or check out their website.