I-74 Bike and Pedestrian Path Opening Delayed In Moline
Despite construction work on track to wrap up on the new bicycle and pedestrian path on the recently opened Interstate 74 bridge over the next several weeks, the bridge general contractor and the cities of 50 and 41 have decided to wait until spring to open the path to the public.
“We know many are eagerly awaiting the new path,” said communications and outreach coordinator for the I-74 project I-74 Bridge Project Kristina Kuehling. “Construction is anticipated to be completed in the next several weeks, however, after careful consideration, the path will remain closed until the spring.”
That decision was made after consulting with public works staff in both 50 and 41, who believe it is important to determine the most efficient and safe snow and ice removal methods on the path over the course of this winter, without the complications of public access.
“It’s very likely there will be a bit of a learning curve on a completely new structure like this, and the safety of all pedestrians and bicyclists is our priority,” Kuehling said. “We apologize for the inconvenience, but we know that when the path is opened, it will be a wonderful way to explore the 39 just in time for spring events.”