Bi-State's Role in the I-74 Corridor Project

March 22, 2017 – The largest infrastructure project in the Bi-State Region’s history will begin this year due to the persistence and leadership of all those involved.  The Bi-State Regional Commission adopted the Interstate 74 Bridge corridor project as the number one transportation priority in the Bi-State Region in 1998.  Since that time, four long-range transportation plans have been developed by the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the project has continued to be the top priority.  There have been over 14 changes in engineering and planning leadership between the Illinois and Iowa Departments of Transportation and over 20 chief elected official changes on the Transportation Policy Committee since 1998.  With all of these changes, the Bi-State Regional Commission has continued to communicate a unified message of support for the project.

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I-74 Bridge Construction, Update January 2017

January 25, 2017 – The Interstate 74 Bridge Corridor project involves the replacement of the I-74 Bridge and nearly eight miles of corridor improvements.  It has been the number one transportation priority in the Bi-State Region since 1998.  It is in need of reconstruction due to crashes, recurring congestion, and significant maintenance.  The bridge itself is functionally obsolete with no shoulders.  The Iowa-bound span was built in 1935 and the Illinois-bound span in 1959.

New I-74 Bridge rendering with
expanded lanes and shoulders

The Central Section of the I-74 Bridge Corridor project from south of Avenue of the Cities to Middle Road has been value engineered to reduce costs and the construction period from 8 to 3.5 years.  Design plans are complete for the entire central section, which includes the entire Illinois portion of the project.  The Iowa portion of the project north of Middle Road to 53rd Street is 3.5 miles in length and is an independent project.  The design for the North Section started in 2016 and should be completed by 2018.

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Grant Readiness and Administration

Bi-State staff can write and administer grants for many types of awarded projects, maintaining compliance with all applicable state and federal guidelines and requirements.

In order for Bi-State staff to best assist with grant applications, the applying member government should be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Proposed project scope and purpose, including target population and explanation of how the project fits within the member government’s goals
  • Detailed project budgets, including estimates/quotes if applicable
  • Budget for most current fiscal year
  • Community’s comprehensive plan and/or mission statement, or documents supporting the project's planning and priority
  • Any other supplementary materials as dictated by the grant application guidelines

Staff also offers assistance in conducting household surveys as needed for applications, particularly for competitive state programs funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which require documentation of benefit to at least 51% low-and moderate-income persons to establish eligibility. Income survey contracts should be scheduled well in advance of application deadlines. These grant programs include the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is administered by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) in Illinois and by the Economic Development Authority (IEDA) in Iowa.

Iowa applicants should be registered with, which provides an online grant application and management system as well as a search portal for grant and loan opportunities.

Fact Sheets/Community Profiles

Staff develop publications highlighting community data relating to the population, employment, transportation, health care, entertainment, education, communication, utilities, climate, cost of living, quality of life, and other community information.

QC Region Profile

Henry County, Illinois Fact Sheet
pdf 2017-03_Henry County Fact Sheet.pdf (6.49 MB)

Kewanee, Illinois Community Profile

Mercer County, Illinois Fact Sheet

Milan, Illinois Community Profile

Muscatine, Iowa Fact Sheet

Port Byron, Illinois Community Profile

West Libery, Iowa Fact Sheet

Wilton, Iowa Fact Sheet

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Greater Quad Cities Region Aerial Mapping Request For Proposals Released

On October 22, 2013, Bi-State Regional Commission released a Request for Proposals (RFP), which calls for aerial mapping services covering approximately 2,784 square miles, a cooperative project between four counties and numerous municipalities across the greater Quad Cities Region in Illinois and Iowa.
Procedures for preparation and presentation of proposals are contained in the attached RFP.

pdf  quad-cities-aerial-photo-rfp_2014.pd (3.08 MB)
Copies of vendor proposals (one signed original, one hardcopy, and two complete copies in PDF file format on CDs) should be submitted by 1:00 p.m., CST, November 22, 2013 by mail or commercial express delivery service only to:
                Attn.:  Lisa J. Miller, GIS Director
                Bi-State Regional Commission
                1504 Third Avenue, P.O. Box 3368
                Rock Island, Illinois  61204-3368
Questions regarding this Request for Proposals, should be submitted, in writing by fax, U.S. Mail, or e-mail (no phone calls) by 1:00 p.m. CST on November 5th, 2013 to:
                Attn.:  Lisa J. Miller, GIS Director
                Address above
                Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
                Fax:  (309) 793-6305
The project area will be flown in the Spring of 2014 with delivery of mapping products by the end of 2014.  The area covered includes Clinton, Muscatine, and Scott Counties in Iowa; Henry County in Illinois; and the following municipalities in Illinois:  Aledo, Carbon Cliff, Coal Valley, East Moline, Moline, Rock Island, and Silvis.