Illinois Route 26

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Illinois Route 26 marker

Illinois Route 26
Route information
Maintained by IDOT
Length: 139.35 mi[2] (224.26 km)
Existed: 1918[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: IL 116 in East Peoria
  I-180 / IL 71 in Hennepin
I-180 in Princeton
I-180 in Princeton
US 6 / US 34 in Princeton
I-80 in Princeton
I-88 / IL 110 in Dixon
US 52 in Dixon
US 20 in Freeport
North end: WIS 69 in Orangeville
Location
Counties: Tazewell, Woodford, Marshall, Putnam, Bureau, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson
Highway system
IL 25 IL 29

Illinois Route 26 is a north–south state road in central and north-central Illinois. It runs from Illinois Route 116 just north of East Peoria to Highway 69 at the Wisconsin border near Orangeville. This is a distance of 139.35 miles (224.26 km).[2]

Route description[edit]

Illinois 26 is a two-lane, undivided surface road for the majority of its length. Its southern terminus is just one mile (1.6 km) north of the McClugage Bridge carrying U.S. Route 24 and U.S. Route 150 into Peoria.

Illinois 26 mostly follows the east bank of the Illinois River until it crosses the river at Hennepin. It runs concurrent with Illinois Route 29, its Illinois River west bank counterpart, at Bureau and with U.S. Route 52 near Freeport.

History[edit]

SBI Route 26 originally ran from Freeport to Polo, on part of current IL-26. In 1937, IL-26 was extended from Freeport to the WI state line, in place of IL-74, and extended from Polo to Bureau along US-52 to Dixon, and replacing IL-89 from Dixon to Bureau. In 1969, it was extended south to East Peoria replacing IL-87.

In northern Stephenson County, IL 26 originally ran through downtown Orangeville and the unincorporated community of Oneco. In 1990, it was rerouted onto a new at-grade bypass around the village, decreasing travel time.

IL-26 was rerouted onto the nearby I-180 bridge over the Illinois River near Hennepin during the 1990s. The older IL-26 bridge, half a mile south of I-180, was removed after 1999. the old approaches are now local roads, used mainly as access to riverside industries on both banks.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Tazewell   IL 116 / Illinois River Road south South end of Illinois River Road overlap
Marshall Lacon IL 17 (Fifth Street) – Wyoming, Wenona, Business District
  IL 18 west – Henry South end of IL 18 overlap
Putnam   IL 18 east – Streator North end of IL 18 overlap
Hennepin IL 71 east / Illinois River Road north – Granville Interchange; north end of Illinois River Road overlap; south end of I-180 overlap
Bureau   I-180 north – Princeton Interchange; north end of I-180 overlap; northbound exit and southbound entrance
  IL 29 south – Peoria South end of IL 29 overlap
Bureau Junction IL 29 north – Spring Valley North end of IL 29 overlap
  I-180 to I-80 – Hennepin Interchange
Princeton US 6 east (Peru Street) – Peru South end of US 6 overlap
US 6 west / US 34 west (Peru Street) / Main Street – Wyanet, Kewanee, Tiskilwa North end of US 6 overlap; south end of US 34 overlap
US 34 east (Elm Place) North end of US 34 overlap
I-80 – Moline, Rock Island, Joliet I-80 exit 56
Ohio IL 92 – Walnut, Mendota
Lee   US 30 – Morrison, Aurora
Dixon
I-88 / IL 110 (CKC) (Tollway) – Chicago, Moline
I-88 exit 54
US 52 east / Lincoln Highway east (7th Street) to IL 38 – Rochelle, Mendota, Airport South end of US 52 / Lincoln Highway overlap
IL 2 north (2nd Street) – Rockford South end of IL 2 overlap
IL 2 south / Lincoln Highway west (Everett Street) – Sterling North end of IL 2 / Lincoln Highway overlap
Ogle   US 52 west – Savanna North end of US 52 overlap
  IL 64 east – Mount Morris, Oregon South end of IL 64 overlap
  IL 64 west – Savanna North end of IL 64 overlap
Forreston IL 72 east – Byron South end of IL 72 overlap
  IL 72 west – Shannon North end of IL 72 overlap
Stephenson Freeport IL 75 east (West Douglas Street) – Rockton

US 20 Bus. (Galena Avenue)
US 20 – Galena, Rockford Interchange
  WIS 69 north – Monroe Wisconsin state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carlson, Rick. Illinois State Highways Page: Routes 21 thru 40. Last updated March 15, 2006. Retrieved March 22, 2006.
  2. ^ a b Illinois Technology Transfer Center (2007). "T2 GIS Data". Retrieved 2007-11-08. 

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