December 20, 2017 – In 2015, Interstate 80 carried 46,700 vehicles per day in the Quad Cities Area. This is an increase of 32% from 2002. In addition, truck traffic is increasing in the Quad Cities at a greater rate than many other portions of the state at 37%. Local representatives believe 6-laning of I-80 would allow for merging and weaving movements at interchanges. Because of these issues and others, the Iowa Department of Transportation conducted an Interstate 80 System Study. The need for this study was identified in the last two Quad Cities long range transportation plans. The study included an analysis of geometry, physical condition, traffic operation, and safety. The study has found that:
- 21 of 28 ramps are rated poor in safety due to crashes
- Crash rates are expected to increase
- The right shoulder of I-80 is rated poor throughout the Quad Cities
- Reconstruction would eliminate left hand exits that don’t meet current interstate design standards
December 8, 2017 – A thriving local airport contributes to, and benefits from, a growing economy and prosperous region. Area employers, small business owners, corporate travel planners, and travel agents all have a significant impact on our airport's vitality. When more travelers buy and fly local from the Quad City International Airport, the more air carriers consider this region when planning flight, aircraft, and destination expansions. Our airport is only as good as the amount we use it. The more we use it, the better it will be for all.
November 15, 2017 – Brandon Melton, Senior Planner, provided a presentation regarding hazard mitigation planning. He said that a FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan is required per the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 to access certain FEMA Grant Programs such as Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA). FEMA requires that natural hazards with potential impact to a location be considered when creating a plan.
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.
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.
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.