As road work continues in the Illinois and Iowa Quad-Cities, motorists can expect to encounter new snags and detours on major thoroughfares starting today.
“I think that, as we think about travel, we really need to focus on safety,” said Joe Taylor, president and CEO of the Quad-Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Yes, this is inconvenient. But it means we are going to have safe bridges and safe streets.
“I think it will build a better Quad-Cities,” Taylor said.
Here is a look at major traffic detours that start Monday:
Harrison Street will be closed between 14th and 5th streets for resurfacing beginning Monday. Construction will last until about Dec. 28. Traffic will detour onto Brady Street, which will be a two-way street with two lanes in each direction.
Crews have installed barriers in the middle of Brady Street to separate traffic in two directions. Temporary signs indicate the change, and police officers will be on hand, according to Davenport Public Works Director Mike Clarke, who spoke last week at a news briefing.
Temporary traffic signals will help pedestrians across Brady Street, with signals on a timed system that will assist the traffic flow.
Because Harrison Street will be under construction, crews also will work on sanitary and storm sewers, and Iowa American Water will replace a water main between 5th and 9th streets. Harrison will be resurfaced from River Drive to 12th Street with asphalt. Between River Drive and 5th Street, Harrison will remain open, but different lanes will be closed at times to accommodate work.
“The sewer work needs to get done, and the road needs to get improved,” said Kyle Carter, executive director, Downtown Davenport Partnership. “It’s a fact of life we have to deal with. The sewer system desperately needs attention.”
When the project is complete, he said, “That’ll be beneficial to everyone.”
Clarke said drivers will take routes such as Gaines, Marquette and Division streets, as well as Iowa and Perry streets, Pershing Avenue and Jersey Ridge Road. Jersey Ridge, which has a detour now, is expected to reopen in mid-September.
Signs to deter trucks from heading into the downtown area will be posted north of Kimberly Road and Locust Street.
Sanitary sewer work will be completed on Harrison from River Drive to 14th Street. Storm sewer work will be mostly between 5th and 10th streets.
Starting early Monday, the westbound right lane on the Interstate 74 Bridge will close until Aug. 30. This includes closure of the State Street off-ramp. Drivers will detour by continuing to Middle Road and back to I-74 eastbound, then exiting at the last Iowa exit. With this lane closure, the River Drive on-ramp will be closed in Moline.
The Illinois-bound Grant Street I-74 entrance loop ramp is closed, but the State Street I-74 Illinois-bound entrance ramp is open. Traffic traveling west on Grant Street intending to travel to Illinois on I-74 will detour south on 12th Street, then east on State Street to use the State Street I-74 ramp. The closure is expected to be in effect until September.
The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that cleaning on the Interstate 80 Bridge over the Mississippi River at Rapids City will begin Tuesday night.
Work will be done at night. All lanes will be open during the day. The project is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 1.
Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction at night. The contractor’s vehicles and equipment will be in the closed outside driving lane so workers can reach underneath the structure to clean the bridge.
While one side of the interstate is paved, the Interstate 280 bridge on the Iowa side remains congested from the Mississippi River bridge to Kimberly Road.