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I-74 Bridge


Iowa shore looking north

Photo taken by Nathan Morton in Sept. 07


BH Photo #127552

Street Views 


Pair of suspension bridges over the Mississippi River on I-74 between Bettendorf and Moline
Moline, Scott County, Iowa, and Rock Island County, Illinois
Intact but closed to all traffic
Future prospects
Scheduled for demolition and replacement.
Northbound bridge built 1935; southbound built 1960; both rehabilitated 1975
- Kansas City Bridge Co. of Kansas City, Missouri (Substructure)
- McClintic-Marshall Co. of Chicago, Illinois & Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Superstructure)
- Ralph Modjeski of Bochnia, Poland (Chief Engineer)
Wire suspension
Length of largest span: 739.9 ft.
Total length: 5,016.4 ft. (1.0 mi.)
Deck width: 23.3 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 18.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Iowa-Illinois Memorial Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.51956, -90.51330   (decimal degrees)
41°31'10" N, 90°30'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/707492/4599421 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Davenport East
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory numbers
IA 47280 (Iowa bridge number)
IL 081-9901 (Illinois bridge number)
IL 081-9902 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 14376 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 48.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 19, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added category "US 6" + two scans of a AAA pamphlet via Dave Darby
  • February 22, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • January 24, 2015: New photos from Jason Smith
  • March 16, 2014: New photo from Luke Harden
  • November 28, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • November 17, 2012: New photos from Luke Harden
  • July 28, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Edited name to what it is locally referred to as.
  • April 12, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated bridge info.
  • March 3, 2009: New photo from Quinn Phelan
  • November 20, 2008: Updated by Kim Harvey
  • November 13, 2008: New photo from Nathan Morton

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I-74 Bridge
Posted May 16, 2022, by Lyon Wonder (lyon_wonder [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The remaining approach span to the old bridge in Illinois is being torn down.


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Posted December 9, 2021, by Lyon Wonder (lyon_wonder [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The old I-74 bridge is now completely closed to all traffic and scheduled for demolition sometime in 2022.

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Posted April 30, 2021, by Lyon_Wonder (lyon_wonder [at] yahoo [dot] com)

There's talk of preserving the pony truss section and toll plaza on the Illinois side of the river and converting it into a pier.


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Posted November 13, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)


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Posted November 13, 2020, by Lyon_Wonder (lyon_wonder [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I think it's time to add the new I-74 tied-arch bridge on bridgehunter since the westbound span is now finished and open to traffic.


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Posted January 10, 2018, by Luke

It's been on the chopping block for the better part of a decade.

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Posted January 10, 2018, by Kenny Fairhurst (dwf0403 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The bridge is unfortunately slated for demolition.


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Posted April 18, 2016, by Jodi Christman (masterofchaos [at] outlook [dot] com)

New bridge in progress. From Modjeski & Masters website:


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Posted August 19, 2015, by Dave Darby (dwdarby [at] aol [dot] com)

US 6

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Posted March 16, 2014, by David Sebben (nebbes61 [at] yahoo,com)

A ground level view of the I-74 Bridge from the Iowa side.

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Posted May 14, 2012, by Andy

Here is another atricle on the funding for the bridge replacement. I know this has been in the works for a while and htey are already working on projects along I-74 to accomodate the replacement but I didn't knwo that the entire funding had not been finalized. It looks like this will still take a few more years to even start the construction.


Mississippi River I-74 Bridge
Posted April 15, 2011, by Kim Harvey

The Quad Cities Times posted an article with historic photos of the bridge: