WEST End: I-80 exit 290, Davenport, Scott County

Before reroute of US 61

Facing north, but heading west, on 280 (5/25/03)

My pictures were taken before IA 927 was decommissioned.

Though both I-280 and I-74 run north-south in the Davenport area, they are signed as east-west. I think I-74 should be rerouted onto I-280, but after the other arguments over interstate routings I doubt anything will change.

Facing north, but heading west, on 280 (7/30/05)

Photo by Jason Hancock

At one point, US 6 was Exit 1C and I-80 was Exits 1A-B, explaining the wide tab.

Facing north, but heading west, on 280 (7/30/05)

Photo by Jason Hancock

Facing north, but heading west, on 280 (5/25/03)

The segment of I-280 ahead, between Kimberly Road and the end in the background, was built and opened at the same time as I-80 was in late 1960. The rest of I-280 didn't come until 13 years later.

Facing north, but heading west, on 280 / Closeup (8/31/07)

This is the farthest west major interchange to mention Chicago on a BGS in eastern Iowa. (It is also referenced on EB 80 at the west mixmaster in West Des Moines.) This is the first Interstate 280 east of San Francisco, and the next one is in Ohio.

Facing east on 80/6 (8/31/07)

Facing east on 80 (8/31/07 and December 2001)

Right photo by Jason Hancock

Though the sign at right uses shields for the interstates, it doesn't include shields for IA 130 (Northwest Boulevard) or US 61 (Brady Street).

Facing east on 80 (8/31/07)

Facing east on 80 (8/31/07)

As you take the exit, before the ramp from westbound 80 merges, you see the mileage sign at right listing all the Iowa exits, but without shields by Kimberly Road (US 6), West River Drive (US 61), or Rockingham Road (IA 22).

After reroute of US 61

Facing east on 80 (5/22/12)

Facing east on 80 (5/22/12)

SOUTH Iowa line: Mississippi River, Davenport, Scott County IA/Rock Island County IL

Facing southeast, but heading east, on 280 (7/26/07)

Photo by Jason Hancock

Facing southeast, but heading east, on 280 (7/26/07)

Photo by Jason Hancock

Facing northwest, but heading west, on 280 (6/8/15)

This sign in Illinois gives advance notice of every exit in Iowa except I-80. All except Locust Street are for other highways (IA 22, US 61, and US 6, in that order).

Facing northwest, but heading west, on 280 (6/8/15)

Facing northwest, but heading west, on 280 (12/25/02)

Photo by Jason Hancock

Facing northwest, but heading west, on 280 (6/8/15)

Facing east on IA 22 (10/13/06)

I-80 is used as the north/west "control city" for every interchange on I-280 in Iowa, probably to avoid committing to either direction of I-80.

Color (scheme)-blind

Photo by Jason Hancock (7/26/07)

In 2007, the I-280 bridge was repainted for the first time since it opened in 1973.

Photo by Jason Hancock (7/26/07)

According to the Quad-City Times, the new paint job removed all the yellow because, quote, "Officials at the Illinois Department of Transportation, or IDOT, could not find any evidence that Quad-Citians ever chose the color combination." The Times was able to call up not only articles, but a graphic, about the color combinations area residents picked from in 1972, and the blue-and-yellow option won with about two-fifths of the vote.

Pictures by Jason Hancock: Second and third, 7/30/05; tenth, December 2001; 16th and 17th, 12/25/02; 16th, 17th, 21st, and 22nd, 7/26/07

Pictures by me: First and fourth, 5/25/03; fifth-ninth and eleventh-thirteenth, 8/31/07; 14th and 15th, 5/22/12; 20th, 10/13/06

Page created 1/1/07; last updated 1/30/14

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