MOLINE, Ill. — Runners and bikers are finally able to make the trek across the Interstate 74 Bridge's bike and pedestrian path overlooking the Mississippi River.
Bridge officials announced early in the day on Wednesday, April 27 that the path would be open before the end of April. Hours later, they opened the path to the public.
The I-74 bridge officially opened to motorists on Dec. 2 and the other groups of bridge goers awaited the opening of the path while crews finished work on the glass oculus and other installations.
The path is fully separated from traffic, ADA accessible, connects to existing trails on both sides of the river and is wide enough for bikers and pedestrians traveling in either direction.
The path can be accessed from River Drive in Moline and from Grant Street/U.S. 67 in Bettendorf.
“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,” Iowa Department of Transportation Director Scott Marler said.
Bridge officials touted the finished state of the oculus area, highlighting its scenic view of the Mississippi over the bridge and through the safe-to-stand-on glass floor, as well as its night-time lighting and view of the color-changing arches.
Bridge officials have planned a dedication ceremony for May 18.
“More and more cities across the country are looking for ways to make their communities more walkable and bike-friendly, including the Quad Cities,” Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman said. “The bike and pedestrian path is a prime example of how transportation infrastructure can provide more travel options and better connect our communities.”