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Iowa-Illinois Memorial bridges


Special Route and Bridge DesignationsThe I-74 bridges in the Quad Cities are officially designated as the Iowa-Illinois Memorial bridges. The oldest bridge was dedicated November 18, 1935, to honor veterans of World War I. In addition, a monument to veterans is located near the footing of the bridge in Bill Glynn Park, which is considered an integral part of the bridge for veterans.

The I-74 bridges will eventually be replaced with a new structure. Preliminary planning and design work is underway. The Iowa DOT has already received comments from the public regarding an interest in having the new structure named in honor of our veterans. The I-74 bridges are jointly owned and maintained by the Iowa and Illinois departments of transportation, so any future naming decisions must be jointly made.