Illinois Route 64

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Illinois Route 64 marker

Illinois Route 64
Route information
Maintained by IDOT
Length: 135.99 mi[2] (218.85 km)
Existed: 1924[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: US 52 / Iowa 64 in Savanna
 
East end: US 41 in Chicago
Location
Counties: Carroll, Ogle, DeKalb, Kane, DuPage, Cook
Highway system
I-64 US 66

Illinois Route 64 is an east–west road in Northern Illinois. Its western terminus is at the Iowa state line, connecting with U.S. Route 52 and Iowa Highway 64 via the Savanna-Sabula Bridge at the Mississippi River west of Savanna . Route 64 then travels east through Mount Carroll, Lanark, Mount Morris, Oregon, Sycamore, Lily Lake, Saint Charles and the western suburbs of Chicago before terminating at Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Highway 41) on the city's north side. Route 64 is 138.82 miles (223.41 km) long.[2]

Route description[edit]

Eastbound endpoint of Illinois Route 64 at U.S. Route 41
North Avenue Bridge over the Chicago River, looking east
Looking east down North Ave. from CTA Damen Blue Line station
A steel cantilever-truss bridge arches gracefully over a tree-lined river.
The western terminus of Illinois Route 64 is the Savanna-Sabula Bridge near Savanna.

Illinois 64 overlaps U.S. Highway 52 between the Iowa state line and Brookville — a distance of over 20 miles (32 km) — so that the Route 64 designation can carry over to Iowa. East of the Mississippi River, Illinois Route 64 is largely a rural, undivided surface road from Savanna to the Fox River in Saint Charles.

At St. Charles, Illinois 64 enters the Chicago metro area and becomes a 4 lane road, taking on the name of Main Street. Just east of St. Charles, Route 64 becomes North Avenue and retains this designation until just before its terminus in Chicago at U.S. 41 (Lake Shore Drive). At Illinois Route 59, the road widens further from 4 lanes to 6 lanes and becomes a divided highway until its intersection with Illinois Route 83 in Elmhurst. From Elmhurst to Interstate 294 it remains a 4-lane surface street, but it widens to a 6 lane divided highway once again through the towns of Stone Park and Northlake. At the Des Plaines River and Illinois Route 43, North Avenue becomes 4 lanes until it reaches N. Western Avenue. At this point, it becomes at times a two lane road, for the rest of its route through Chicago. One-half mile (0.8 km) west of U.S. 41, Illinois 64 turns north onto LaSalle Boulevard, and then east, before terminating at Lake Shore Drive.

North Avenue is a main east–west artery in Chicago itself, and one of only seven state routes to enter the city. It is located at the 1600 North parallel of Chicago. Just east of the Kennedy Expressway (Interstates 90/94), the North Avenue Bridge carries Illinois 64 over the North Branch of the Chicago River. The hybrid suspension/cable-stayed bridge was built in 2006, replacing a bascule bridge dating back to 1907.

Between Halsted and Sheffield Avenues, North Avenue has become a shopping destination, known as the Clybourn Corridor.

Illinois Truck Route 64[edit]

Illinois 64 has one alternate route; Illinois Truck Route 64, a bypass around a truck-prohibited, residential section of Elmhurst. Eastbound truck traffic is rerouted north along Illinois Route 83, east along U.S. Highway 20 (Lake Street) and then onto Interstate 290 before being allowed to return to Illinois 64. Westbound truck traffic follows the same route in reverse.

As early as 1989, the city of Elmhurst had sought to block trucks from traveling on North Avenue through its city limits. For a time, Illinois House of Representatives minority leader Lee Daniels supported a plan to reduce North Avenue from four lanes to two, prohibiting trucks from traveling through the residential neighborhood.[3] By 1994, the village had agreed to reconstruct North Avenue and add a single set of left-turn lanes at Myrtle Avenue.[4] Reconstruction of North Avenue in Elmhurst took place in 1997.[5]

History[edit]

Illinois Route 64 in downtown St. Charles

SBI Route 64 was Illinois 64 from Sycamore to Chicago. The portion of the road in DuPage County was put through in 1928, the first forty-foot high­way through the county.[6] In 1937, the road was extended west from Sycamore to what was then U.S. Route 51 (and is now Illinois Route 251). Afterwards, it was extended further west to U.S. Route 52, and then following it to the state line. Much like Illinois Route 92, there is no particular reason for extending Route 64 through Iowa and Nebraska, as existing U.S. Routes served any major cities on the State Route 64s better.[1]

Major junctions[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Jackson Union Township US 52 north / Iowa 64 west Continuation in Iowa
Mississippi River 0.00 0.00 Savanna–Sabula Bridge
Carroll Savanna 0.13 0.21 IL 84 north / Great River Road north (National Route) – Galena West ends of IL 84 and Great River Road overlaps
2.19 3.52 IL 84 south / Great River Road south (National Route) – East Moline East ends of IL 84 and Great River Road overlaps
Mount Carroll 11.09 17.85 IL 78 to IL 40 – Morrison
Lanark 18.69 30.08 IL 73 north – Pearl City, Lena
Rock Creek–Lima Township 28.62 46.06 US 52 east – Dixon East end of US 52 overlap
Ogle Lincoln Township 33.70 54.23 IL 26 north – Freeport North end of IL 26 overlap
34.21 55.06 IL 26 south South end of IL 26 overlap
Oregon 48.31 77.75 IL 2 – Rockford, Dixon
White Rock Township 62.26 100.20 IL 251 – Rockford, Rochelle
Lynnville Township 64.57 103.92 I-39 / US 51 – Rockford, LaSallePeru
DeKalb Sycamore 81.61 131.34 IL 23 south (Cross Street) – DeKalb West end of IL 23 overlap
82.13 132.18 IL 23 north (Main Street) – Genoa East end of IL 23 overlap
Kane Lily Lake 90.90 146.29 IL 47 – Elburn
St. Charles 100.07 161.05 IL 31 (Second Street) – Elgin, Geneva
100.36 161.51 IL 25 (Fifth Avenue)
DuPage West Chicago 105.66 170.04 IL 59 (Neltnor Boulevard)
Lombard 114.56 184.37 I-355 (Veterans Memorial Tollway) Toll barriers on southbound entrance and northbound exit ramps
114.85 184.83 IL 53 (Rohlwing Road)
Elmhurst 118.33 190.43 IL 83 (Kingery Highway)
DuPageCook
county line
120.31–
120.66
193.62–
194.18
I-290 (Eisenhower Expressway) / I-294 north (Tri-State Tollway) / US 20 east No access from westbound I-290; eastbound exit to I-294 only; no access from westbound US 20
Cook Northlake 122.33–
122.77
196.87–
197.58
US 12 / US 45 (Mannheim Road) Interchange
Melrose Park 125.03 201.22 IL 171 (1st Avenue)
Chicago 126.54 203.65 IL 43 (Harlem Avenue)
129.62 208.60 IL 50 (Cicero Avenue)
133.80 215.33 I-90 / I-94 (Kennedy Expressway)
135.94 218.77 US 41 (Lake Shore Drive)
135.99 218.85 Roundabout on shore of Lake Michigan
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Carlson, Rick. Illinois State Highways Page: Routes 61 through 80. Last updated March 15, 2006. Retrieved March 24, 2006.
  2. ^ a b Illinois Technology Transfer Center (2011). "T2 GIS Data". Retrieved 2013-05-11. 
  3. ^ Mehler, Neil H. (1989-07-14). "Elmhurst seeks truck ban on North Avenue". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  4. ^ Mannion, Annemarie (1994-01-13). "North Ave. plan now ready". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  5. ^ Chicago Tribune (1997-11-18). "North Avenue, other streets to open after re-pavement". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  6. ^ Crisler, Amy E. "Glendale Heights". History of DuPage County. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 

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