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Federal legislators urge cooperation on Interstate 74 bridge project

Federal legislators urge cooperation on Interstate 74 bridge project

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Sunset behind the new Interstate 74 bridge construction in Bettendorf.

Over the summer construction season, Lunda made considerably less progress on the arches than was expected. Those delays now are pushing the timeline for finishing the Iowa-bound span into late next year.

Some of the Quad-Cities area's federal legislators have asked the Iowa Department of Transportation and Lunda Construction to swiftly find common ground that will safely get the Interstate 74 bridge built as close to budget and as on schedule as possible.

There is a disagreement between state officials and Lunda, the lead contractor on the project, about whether Lunda is able to complete the bridge under the assumptions the company made when it bid on the project and whether it may need more time, information or resources to finish the work, the Iowa transportation department has said. The DOT has said the disagreement does not mean the bridge cannot be built, and the state remains confident that the new bridge can be built safely.

The release was issued Saturday by U.S. House Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill.; Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa; and Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa.

"As construction of the I-74 bridge continues, all parties involved must consider the safety and overall success of the project to be of the highest priority," the release states.

The legislators also said Iowa transportation officials and Lunda should include other partners in the project, including the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, in resolving the disagreement.

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