Illinois Route 394

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Illinois Route 394 marker

Illinois Route 394
Route information
Maintained by IDOT
Length: 14.63 mi[2] (23.54 km)
Existed: After 1956[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: IL 1 in Crete
  US 30 in Ford Heights
North end: I-80 / I-94 / I-294 in South Holland
Location
Counties: Will, Cook
Highway system
IL 390 I-474


Illinois Route 394 is a four-lane state freeway that travels south from Thornton at the Interstate 294/Interstate 94/Interstate 80 (Tri-State Tollway/Bishop Ford Freeway; this route is an extension of the latter freeway) interchange to Illinois Route 1 south of Steger and Crete. Before taking the Illinois 394 route, it was known as Illinois 1. Illinois 394 is 14.63 miles (23.54 km) long.[2]

Although not an Interstate highway, Illinois 394 is an Interstate standard highway until its junction with U.S. Highway 30 (Lincoln Highway) near Chicago Heights.

In 2006 and 2007, Illinois 394 was reconstructed north of Glenwood–Dyer Road as part of the massive Kingery Expressway reconstruction effort. The intersection with Interstates 80, 94 and 294 was improved in the following areas:

  • Southbound: The ramps were rebuilt, with a gentler left-exit curve for Interstate 94 to travel from the Bishop Ford to the Kingery Expressway. The cloverleaf-style ramps to southbound Illinois 394 were replaced with a flyover and the distributor leg of a collector-distributor ramp from eastbound Interstate 80/294.
  • Northbound: A dangerous ramp to eastbound Interstate 80/94 was replaced with a ramp to a set of collector-distributor lanes, intended for U.S. 6 and Illinois 83 (Torrence Avenue). A cloverleaf ramp from eastbound Interstate 80/294 was replaced with a flyover, and the merge area where Illinois 394 terminates was improved. (The Interstate 94 ramp itself has been moved nearly a mile (1.6 km) east to before Torrence Avenue). These improvements were completed in June 2007.[3]

Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Will Crete 0.00 0.00 IL 1
Cook Ford Heights 9.20 14.81 US 30 / Lincoln Highway Southern end of freeway
Lynwood 11.10 17.86 Glenwood–Dyer Road
South Holland 14.63 23.54 I-80 / I-94 east / I-294 north (Kingery Expressway, Tri-State Tollway) – Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin
I-94 west (Bishop Ford Freeway) – Chicago
I-94 continues west
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carlson, Rick. Illinois Highways Page: Routes 203 through end. Last updated March 15, 2006. Retrieved March 27, 2006.
  2. ^ a b Illinois Technology Transfer Center (2006). "T2 GIS Data". Retrieved 2007-11-08. 
  3. ^ "Independence from roadwork along new Kingery Expressway and modernized Southland Corridor marks July 4th holiday week". Illinois Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2007-06-29.