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Section of River Drive between 19th Street, I-74 on-ramp reopens ahead of schedule

River Drive was expected to reopen Friday, but the road was open Thursday morning after crews finished removing old I-74 structures early.

MOLINE, Ill. — UPDATE (June 9): Construction crews finished removing the old Interstate 74 bridge structures over River Drive in Moline earlier than initially expected, according to a Facebook post from the bridge.

Following demolition work, the section of River Drive between 19th Street and the I-74 on-ramp was scheduled to reopen Friday, June 10, but the road was open by Thursday morning, June 9.

The I-74 bridge posted photos of the demolition work, which began Monday, June 6, on its Facebook page.

Crews completed removing old I-74 structures over River Drive earlier than anticipated, and the road is open! Here’s a look at some of the demolition work from earlier this week.

Posted by I-74 River Bridge on Thursday, June 9, 2022

ORIGINAL (June 1): As contractors remove the remaining section of old Interstate 74 over River Drive, the road will be closed starting Monday, June 6 between 19th Street and the I-74 on-ramp in Moline.

Weather permitting, the section of River Drive is expected to reopen to traffic Friday, June 10, according to a news release from the I-74 Mississippi River Bridge. I-74 ramps on the drive will remain open throughout the work.

Cars traveling westbound on River Driver will still be able to access the Iowa-bound on-ramp to I-74, but eastbound drivers will need to turn right on 19th Street, left on 6th Avenue and then left to reach the Iowa-bound ramp.

Credit: I-74 Mississippi River Bridge
Detour route for drivers on eastbound River Drive trying to access the Iowa-bound I-73 on-ramp

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Drivers taking the River Drive exit on Illinois-bound I-74 must turn left on River Drive. To get westbound on River Drive, you'll need to turn right on 23rd Street, right on 4th Avenue, and then right on 19th Street to River Drive.

Credit: I-74 Mississippi River Bridge
Detour route for drivers attempting to turn right on River Drive from Illinois-bound I-74

To avoid the road closure, downtown Moline traffic can use 4th, 6th, or 7th avenues.

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