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IOWA-BOUND INTERSTATE 74 BRIDGE SOON TO OPEN

 

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There has been significant progress made on the I-74 Bridge Project and the westbound bridge is set to open by the end of November 2020.  The I-74 Bridge Corridor project has been the top priority transportation project of the Bi-State Regional Commission since 1998.  Even though there have been many changes in elected and state officials since 1998, through their leadership the project has continued to move forward.  Each new official has supported the project for over 20 years.  Local and state leadership changes have included: 

  • Bettendorf – 3 Mayors
  • Davenport – 6 Mayors
  • Scott County – 10 County Board Chairs
  • East Moline – 4 Mayors
  • Moline – 4 Mayors 
  • Rock Island – 3 Mayors
  • Rock Island County – 5 County Board Chairs
  • Iowa DOT District Office – 3 District Engineers
  • Illinois DOT District Office – 9 District Engineers

Work to acquire initial funding for the project even included testifying in 2003 to the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.  Over $88 million Federal discretionary dollars were received for the approximately $1.2 billion-dollar project between 2001-2010 through the efforts of federal legislators serving the Bi-State Region.

The I-74 Bridge construction period was reduced from 8 years to reduce costs and traffic was maintained through corridor to reduce disruption to the public. Notably, traffic remained steady with a 2019 count of 69,000 during construction.  The project includes numerous mainline and specialty contracts with over 300 construction workers on average per day.  

Both the east and westbound reconstructed I-74 Bridge spans will have three lanes in each direction with an additional auxiliary lane between the first ramp in downtown Bettendorf and the first ramp in downtown Moline.  It will also have full shoulders allowing for disabled vehicles to be removed from the travel lanes and giving emergency vehicles access in the event of an incident.  Information on the project has been published in numerous engineering and bridge trade journals.  The reconstructed I-74 Bridge is being built to last 100 years and it will have increased protection for seismic occurrences and barge collisions.  Additionally, it will include a rare interstate multi-purpose trail along the downstream (eastbound) span with access to the Mississippi River Trails in Moline and Bettendorf.   Information may be found at www.I74RiverBridge.com.

Title VI and Non-Discrimination Policy

Bi-State Regional Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in or denied the benefits of its services on the basis of race, color, or national origin as protected by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended.  The Title VI document provides information on programs and activities that are federally funded and where efforts are made to deliver those programs in a non-discriminatory way.  If a citizen or interested party feels there are grounds for complaints related to Title VI where discrimination has occurred, the policy outlines procedures to submit a complaint. Title VI complaints must be filed within 180 days from the date of the alleged discrimination.

Title VI Program and Non-Discrimination Policy 2018  - Technical Revisions March 2019
pdf 2018 BSRC Title VI for Planning Agencies - Technical Revisions March 2019 (3.65 MB)

The following information is necessary to assist us in processing your complaint.  If you require any assistance in completing this form, please contact the Title VI Coordinator by calling (309) 793-6300.  The completed form must be returned to the Bi-State Regional Commission, 1504 Third Avenue, Third Floor, Rock Island, Illinois 61201. Faxed, e-mailed, or electronically-transmitted forms are not accepted.  Hand delivery is recommended to ensure that the complaint is filed within the statutory deadline.

pdf Title VI Complaint Form - English (318 KB)

Bi-State Regional Commission está obligado a asegurar que ninguna persona sea excluída de participar en o se le niegan beneficios a sus servicios en báse a raza, color, origen nacional, como protegidos por el Titulo VI de los Derechos Civiles del Acta de 1964 como amendados (“Titulo VI”).

Bi-State Regional Commission está dispuesto a asegurar que acualquier persona sea excluída de tener una participación en o negada de beneficios a los servicios en báse a raza, color, u origen nacional, como son proveídos por el Título VI del Acta de Derechos Civiles de 1964, como amendados.  Las quejas correspondientes al Título VI deberán ser registradas dentro de los 180 dias a partir de la fecha de la queja alegada correspondiente a una descriminación.

La siguiente información es necesaria para asistirlos a procesar su queja.  Si usted requiere alguna ayuda en completar este formulario, pónganse en contacto con el Coordinador del Titulo VI al llamar al (309)793-6300.  El formulario completo deberá ser devuelto al Bi-State Regional Commission, 1504 Third Avenue, Third Floor, Rock Island, Illinois 61201.  No se aceptan formularios que son enviados por fax, correo electrónico o diferentes transmiciones. Se recomienda que éstos sean entregados personalmente para asi asegurar que la entrega ha sido hecha dentro de los limites de plazo de cierre estatuatorio.

pdf Title VI Complaint Form - Spanish (169 KB)

 

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 IowaGrants.gov, 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
http://www.quadcitieschamber.com/files/download/documents/ILLSIN_A1-A8_web.pdf

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

Kewanee, Illinois Community Profile
images/docs/Kewanee,IL_CommunityProfile_2012-11.pdf

Mercer County, Illinois Fact Sheet
images/docs/MercerCounty,IL_FactSheet_2006.pdf

Milan, Illinois Community Profile
images/docs/MilanCommunityProfile_March2015_8.5x11_web.pdf

Muscatine, Iowa Fact Sheet
images/docs/MuscatineFactSheet2015-05_8.5x11_web-ready.pdf

Port Byron, Illinois Community Profile
images/docs/PortByron,IL_CommunityProfile_2012-07.pdf

West Libery, Iowa Fact Sheet
images/docs/2015WestLibertyFactSheet_Final_8.5x11_Web.pdf

Wilton, Iowa Fact Sheet
images/docs/WiltonFactSheet2015_web.pdf

Multi-Purpose Trail Planning (Regions 2 & 9 Rural Planning)

Bi-State staff provide assistance to member governments in the area of trails and pedestrian planning.  Previous work done by Bi-State includes trail master plans, staff assistance to various bicycle and pedestrian initiatives, greenway planning, and grant application preparation.  Bi-State staffs the Bi-State Regional Trail Committee, which meets every other month to act as a forum for coordination and communication for local governments and trails stakeholders.  Periodically, special meetings and webinars are hosted on topics involving bicycles and pedestrians, such as active transportation and Complete Streets.

Bi-State also administers a trail counting program to collect user estimates of area trails.  Since 2013, data has been collected around the region and shared with municipalities for their transportation planning and recreation activities and for grant preparation.  Data is also used to inform long- range transportation and recreation planning in the region.

Bi-State has also partnered with the Quad City Health Initiative to create a “one-stop shop” for non-motorized trails.  The interactive website, QCTrails.org, contains information on trails, bikeways, walking paths, and water trails in the Quad Cities metro area, but staff is aiming to expand coverage to the Bi-State Region.  The website was made possible with funding provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) Grant, in support of the Be Healthy QC project administered by the Quad City Health InitiativeQCTrails.org encourages users to explore area trails and to track trail usage through the ability to earn badges as trail segments are completed.

For more information on Bi-State's multi-purpose trail planning initiatives, please contact Bryan Schmid.


Maps | folder Documents

pdf 2019 Muscatine County Trails Plan (4.70 MB)