Identity Elements for I-74 Mississippi River Bridge
Scott County; Cities of Bettendorf & Moline, Iowa
The I-74 Bridge over the Mississippi River in Bettendorf, Iowa and Moline, Illinois was originally constructed in 1935 as a toll road. A second span was completed in 1960, and the two were joined in the 1970s. As the region’s population and transit needs grew, the existing I-74 bridge couldn’t keep up. A new, 3,464-foot bridge is one of the largest construction projects in Illinois’ history and can accommodate over 100,000 vehicles per day. – twice the capacity of the original bridge. Working with the designers and Illinois and Iowa Departments of Transportation, Shawnee Steel & Welding fabricated and installed seven visual identity elements, each 40 feet tall, along the pedestrian overlook. The architectural steel elements feature abstract cut-outs. Each cut-out contains adjustable colored LED lighting behind a plexiglass covering.