Highways

The Greater Quad Cities Region is served by four interstate highways, five United States primary highways, and an excellent secondary highway system that combine to provide efficient movement of goods, services, and people within the Region and to other markets.  Interstate 80 connects the Region with both coasts.  Interstate 80 and the Interstate 280 bypass completely encircle the Quad Cities Metropolitan Area, providing excellent access to and from the area.  In addition, Interstate 74 bisects the metropolitan area, providing efficient movement within the area and to the southeastern portion of the United States.  Interstate 88 provides direct access to Chicago.  Analysis of highway transportation relative to other Midwest cities indicates that the Quad Cities ranks among Indianapolis, Chicago, and St. Louis in terms of competitive advantage for the transportation of goods.  A highway map of the Region is shown below.