Illinois Route 147

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Illinois Route 147 marker

Illinois Route 147
Route information
Maintained by IDOT
Length: 12.81 mi[2] (20.62 km)
Existed: 1947[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: IL 146 in Vienna
East end: IL 145 in Eddyville
Counties: Johnson, Pope
Highway system
IL 146 IL 148

Illinois Route 147 is an east–west state road in southern Illinois. It runs from Illinois Route 146 east of Vienna (very near an interchange with Interstate 24) to Illinois Route 145 in Glendale. This is a distance of 12.81 miles (20.62 km).[2]

Route description[edit]

Illinois 147 is a two-lane surface road for its entire length. It runs through central portions of Shawnee National Forest. Illinois 147 also serves Simpson.


SBI Route 147 was originally the road from Marion to Cairo; in 1942, this road became Illinois Route 37. Illinois 147 then replaced what was Illinois Route 142A from McLeansboro to Wayne City. In 1947, Illinois 142A became Illinois Route 142; Illinois 147 was again moved to its current Vienna-to-Glendale routing.[1]

The Route is noted for the deplorable condition of the road surface beyond the first 3 miles (4.8 km) east of Vienna. It is often said[who?] that the route should be downgraded from a state route to a county road with a name such as "The Simpson Blacktop" as it is commonly referred to as by locals. An area of the road near its intersection with Millstone Bluff road one mile (1.6 km) east of its junction with Illinois Route 145 is noted for the high fatality rate from accidents in the area. 25 persons have died on that part of the road in the last five years according to an anonymous IDOT source,[who?] which is unusually high for such a rural area and lightly traveled road.[citation needed] The source also revealed that plans are in place to fix that part of the road, however no dates or timelines have been mentioned and what exactly is "wrong" with the road remains in speculation. Great care should be taken when traveling this route.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Carlson, Rich. Illinois Highways Page: Routes 141 thru 160. Last updated April 15, 2005. Retrieved June 28, 2006.
  2. ^ a b Illinois Technology Transfer Center (2006). "T2 GIS Data". Retrieved 2007-11-08.