I-80 Bridge over Mississippi River: 4 lanes open

For the first time in two years, both lanes on both sides of the bridge are now open!  And usually all four lanes on both the Iowa and Illinois sides are open, making for pretty smooth driving.  They still have some minor repair to do in the spring, but for now, one of the ugliest bridges is now wide open.  The only time I experience a traffic slowdown is on Friday late afternoons…I guess folks are rushing to get back to Des Moines or Chicago.  Thanks to the work crews for your hard efforts.  I, for one, could not work hanging over the River.

I-80 Bridge Open to Two Way Traffic

After three months of the east bound span being closed (resulting in my drive to work taking 50 minutes, hey I could be in Iowa City if I went straight west that long), the bridge opened to two way traffic (after I went to work) on Friday.   The east span that had been completely closed is now one lane each way, since now we can use the outer lane.  The west span is now completely closed.

See this story:

http://qctimes.com/news/local/article_12885bb4-7478-11df-abed-001cc4c002e0.html

Details on I-80 Bridge Repair 2010

The Le Claire Iowa chamber of commerce website has a link to a powerpoint developed by Illinois DOT with more details on the work.  It is informative:

http://www.leclairechamber.com/design/i80_bridge_update.html

Which side of the bridge did you drive on today?

The I-80 bridge did some switch overs today.  IDOT rerouted part of the traffic to the newly paved westbound approach.  I know, I drove over it coming home from work.

http://www.qctimes.com/news/local/article_f3af4266-9160-11de-8820-001cc4c002e0.html

I-80 approach to Mississippi–Getting closer to Done

Here are some shots I took coming home from work on July 30.  This shows the work on the Illinois side of the approach to the bridge.

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I-80 Bridge over Mississippi River

Still closed eastbound to Illinois from Iowa.  I advise advance planning for travelers.

What is Illlinois hiding about I-80 bridge?

The local newspaper filed an FOIA request on I-80 bridge inspection reports, Illinois DOT manages the bridges.  Illinois stiffed the newspaper, citing national security.

Iowa and Minnesota make their reports public.

More good and decent government in Illinois?

As a regular commuter on the I-80 bridge, I would certainly like to read those reports.

Check out this editorial:

http://www.qctimes.com/news/opinion/editorial/article_a0ac893e-5f8d-11de-b618-001cc4c002e0.html?mode=story