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The view looking toward Moline from the middle of the former toll plaza on the I-74 bridge.
This file photo shows the bay of windows inside the former toll takers' office under the Illinois-bound span of the Interstate 74 bridge. The span opened in 1960, and the tolls were removed at the end of 1970.
The old toll takers' area is located under the I-74 bridge. It contains two large offices, one on each side of the bridge. This is the west-facing side, which was built during the construction of the second span in 1960.
A lone desk remains in one of two old toll-takers' offices that were built into an Interstate 74 bridge pier. The pair of offices are directly under the twin spans, connected by a walkway under the former toll plaza in the center of the bridge.
The Iowa Department of Transportation has awarded the contract to build the new Interstate-74 bridge to Wisconsin-based Lunda Construction Co. for about $322.1 million.
Clyde Tobey, Iowa DOT highway maintenance supervisor, leads the way down the steps to the former toll takers' offices, which are built into the underbelly of the I-74 bridge.
The view looking toward the "towers" of the I-74 bridge and the Iowa side of the Mississippi River from the former toll plaza in the middle of the bridge.
A view of the Mississippi River looking toward the Moline side of the river from the former toll plaza in the middle of the I-74 bridge.
Ben Petty, a senior equipment operator for the Iowa DOT, walks down the steps from the surface of the former toll plaza on the Interstate 74 bridge. Under the plaza, offices were built into the concrete bridge pier.
Ben Petty, a senior equipment operator with the Iowa DOT, stands at the base of the steps leading from the former toll plaza on the Interstate 74 bridge to offices that were built below it. The offices contained desks, break areas, several wall safes, restrooms and showers.
Ben Petty, a senior equipment operator, and Clyde Tobey, a highway maintenance supervisor, both with the Iowa Department of Transportation, walk through the rooms and hallways of the former toll takers' offices and break rooms that were built into the underbelly of the Interstate 74 bridge.
A room under the original span of the Interstate 74 bridge, used as an office and break room, is now empty, except for a few maintenance items and retired bridge cables.
Three wall safes and a walk-in vault were used to store the cash collected by toll takers on the Interstate 74 Bridge. Prior to the closing of the toll booths in 1970,
A restroom has been converted into a storage room for channel lights and markers in the former toll takers' offices that were built into the underbelly of the Interstate 74 bridge. The two offices, connected by an interior walkway, contain three restrooms and shower stalls.
A wall safe and bridge parts fill a corner of a room under the I-74 bridge where former toll takers took their breaks. A bridge superintendent and his secretary used the office under one of the spans to conduct day-to-day toll business.
Bridge parts, including suspension cables, are stored in the corner of one of the offices that were built into the underbelly of the Interstate 74 bridge. Iowa DOT workers who gave a tour of the old offices were confounded as to how the exceedingly heavy cables were carried into the office.
Clyde Tobey, a highway maintenance supervisor for the Iowa Department of Transportation, looks out a window at the underside of the I-74 bridge from the former offices and break rooms of the bridge's toll takers.
The steps to the anchorage are 50 feet down from the former offices and break rooms of the toll takers located under the Interstate 74 bridge.
One of three wall safes located in the former offices and break rooms for toll takers who worked on the I-74 bridge.
Clyde Tobey, a highway maintenance supervisor, and Ben Petty, a senior equipment operator, both with the Iowa Department of Transportation, pass through the walkway that connects two offices that were built into a concrete bridge pier. The spaces were used for toll takers and other bridge officials until 1970.
Clyde Tobey, a highway maintenance supervisor, foreground, and Ben Petty, a senior equipment operator, both with the Iowa Department of Transportation, look through windows in a glass hallway that connects the two offices under the I-74 bridge.
The view looking west through a window in the former toll-takers' offices and break rooms that are built into a pier under the I-74 bridge plaza.
Several bullet holes recently showed up in windows that face west inside the old toll takers' offices that were built into a pier under the Interstate 74 bridge.
The view from one of the bathrooms in the old toll-takers' offices. The offices and break rooms were built into the pier that supports the bridge deck and former toll plaza in the center of the twin spans.
The view out a bathroom window, looking at the underside of the I-74 bridge, from the former toll-takers' offices and break rooms. The two offices contain 2,800 square feet.
Ben Petty, a senior equipment operator with the Iowa Department of Transportation, holds an old channel light that is being stored in one of the old offices for the former toll takers who worked atop the bridge.
The view looking north toward Bettendorf from a restroom window in the former toll takers' offices and break rooms in the underbelly of the I-74 bridge.
The windows in the former offices and break rooms for toll takers on the Interstate 74 bridge can be best seen from the river. In this picture, they are at the top of the concrete pier at center.
The only remaining entrance to the toll takers' offices is on the former toll plaza in the center of the two Interstate 74 bridge spans. It is locked at all times and protected by security cameras.
Dan Bailey of Davenport worked for the Iowa Department of Transportation for 35 years. He spent most of his career as an inspector on the Interstate 74 bridge. In his time, from 1980 to 2015, many things changed, including the use of safety harnesses for bridge walking. In the early years, maintenance workers and inspectors had to rely on a good hand grip to prevent falls.
Dan Bailey spent 35 years inspecting the Interstate 74 bridge for the Iowa DOT.
The Interstate 74 Bridge is seen from the middle landing between the two decks looking toward Bettendorf on Tuesday, March 7. Technical information: Camera: Canon EOS-1D X; Lens: EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM at 35mm; Exposure: 1/1600 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200; Manual; Evaluative metering; Natural lighting.
In this file photo, the second tollway was added to the Interstate 74 bridge. The then-new toll plaza connected the twin spans after the Illinois-bound span was added in 1960.
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