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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 

  • September 21, 2022: Updated by Luke: Reverted name back to just “I74 Bridge”
  • June 16, 2022: New photos from Mark Yurina
  • 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

Related Bridges 



I-74 Bridge
Posted January 5, 2023, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Although I find Network Arches somewhat less reprehensible than their Cable-stayed counterparts, in no way does it excuse the demolition of an historic suspension bridge. I would have at least liked to have seen the 1935 span retained.

I-74 Bridge
Posted January 5, 2023, by Lyon Wonder (lyon_wonder [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The road deck is gone and most of the pony truss spans on the Illinois side have been dismantled.


I-74 Bridge
Posted December 8, 2022, by Lyon Wonder (lyon_wonder [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The old bridge is slowly getting torn down.


I-74 Bridge
Posted September 23, 2022, by Paul Plassman

Well, there goes one of the few twin-span suspension bridges in the United States....a rare sight if there ever was one.

I-74 Bridge (NB 1935, SB 1960)
Posted September 21, 2022, by Lyon Wonder (lyon_wonder [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Most of the old I-74 bridge will be torn down by dismantling the twin spans piece-by-piece and explosives will only be used to bring down the suspension cables. Dismantling the entire bridge will take longer than imploding it and expected to be entirely removed in 2024.


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

Demolition of the old I-74 bridge is supposed to start in September, though the twin suspension spans will likely be brought down with explosives when the Mississippi River's navigation channel is closed this winter.

My guess is they'll start by dismantling the pony truss sections on the Illinois side of the river and work from there.


I-74 Bridge
Posted July 27, 2022, by Lyon Wonder (lyon_wonder [at] yahoo [dot] com)

A contractor has been selected for demolition of the old I-74 bridge, though they won't begin tearing it down until the river's navigation channel is closed, which will probably be next winter in late 2022 or early 2023.


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.


I-74 Bridge
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.

I-74 Bridge
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.


I-74 Bridge
Posted November 13, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)


I-74 Bridge
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.


I-74 Bridge
Posted January 10, 2018, by Luke

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

I-74 Bridge
Posted January 10, 2018, by Kenny Fairhurst (dwf0403 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The bridge is unfortunately slated for demolition.


I-74 Bridge
Posted April 18, 2016, by Jodi Christman (masterofchaos [at] outlook [dot] com)

New bridge in progress. From Modjeski & Masters website:


I-74 Bridge
Posted August 19, 2015, by Dave Darby (dwdarby [at] aol [dot] com)

US 6

I-74 Bridge
Posted March 16, 2014, by David Sebben (nebbes61 [at] yahoo,com)

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

Mississippi River I-74 Bridge
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: