Illinois Route 13
|Maintained by IDOT|
|Length:||151.54 mi (243.88 km)|
|Existed:||1918 – present|
|West end:||IL 157 / IL 163 in Centreville|
| US 51 in Carbondale
I-57 in Marion
US 45 / IL 34 in Harrisburg
|East end:||KY 56 in Old Shawneetown|
|Counties:||St. Clair, Washington, Randolph, Perry, Jackson, Williamson, Saline, Gallatin|
Illinois Route 13 is a major east–west state route in southern Illinois. Illinois 13 has its western terminus at Centreville at Illinois Route 157 and its eastern terminus at the Kentucky state line and the Ohio River, at Kentucky Route 56. This is a distance of 151.54 miles (243.88 km).
The state of Illinois was founded in 1818. One of its first governmental tasks was the construction of primitive dirt roads between the three pioneer villages of Cahokia, Kaskaskia, and Shawneetown. Illinois Route 13 is a distant descendant of most of the Cahokia-Shawneetown route, and has a claim to be one of the oldest state highways in Illinois.
Illinois Route 13 did not take its current physical form, though, until after the enactment of the Good Roads Movement paving program in 1918. The statewide plan standardized the alignment of this road and numbered it Illinois 13.
Except for a few alignment changes, Illinois 13 has remained the same since its inception in 1918. In 1937 it was rerouted around Sparta (now Illinois Route 4 and Illinois Route 154), replacing Illinois Route 152 in the process.
The other reroute took place between 1944 and 1947, when Illinois 13 took over a new highway (then called U.S. Route 460) in and around Belleville. The old route became Alternate Illinois 13. In 1947 it was moved back to Bond Avenue. Later, U.S. 460 would be dropped and replaced with Illinois Route 15.
In October 2010, the first section of the Bill Franks Bypass (named in 2011 for the founder of Arclar Coal Company and Franks Dialysis Center) opened on the north side of Harrisburg between Illinois Route 34 and U.S. 45. The remaining section west of Route 34, replacing Route 13's former route along busy Poplar Street, opened in April 2012.
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||Centreville||IL 157 south / IL 163 (Camp Jackson Road)||West end of IL 157 overlap|
|IL 157 north||East end of IL 157 overlap|
|Belleville||IL 15||No access from IL 13 east to IL 15 west|
|IL 158 west (Centreville Avenue) to IL 15||West end of IL 158 overlap|
|IL 159 (Illinois Street)|
|IL 158 east / IL 177 east||East end of IL 158 overlap|
|IL 15 north||West end of IL 15 overlap; northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|Freeburg||IL 15 east (Urbanna Drive)||East end of IL 15 overlap|
|IL 156 west|
|Marissa||IL 4 north||West end of IL 4 overlap|
||Tilden||IL 4 south||East end of IL 4 overlap|
|Coulterville||IL 153 north||West end of IL 153 overlap|
|IL 153 south||East end of IL 153 overlap|
||Pinckneyville||IL 154 west||West end of IL 154 overlap|
|IL 127 north (Main Street) / IL 154 east (Water Street)||East end of IL 154 overlap; west end of IL 127 overlap|
|IL 152 east|
||IL 4 north|
|Murphysboro||IL 149 east||West end of IL 149 overlap|
|IL 127 south / IL 149 west (Walnut Street)||East end of IL 127/IL 149 overlap|
|Carbondale||US 51 (University Avenue, Illinois Avenue)|
|Marion||I-57 – Cairo, Mt. Vernon|
|IL 37 (Court Street)|
|IL 166 south|
||Harrisburg||IL 34 north (Main Street)||West end of IL 34 overlap|
|US 45 / IL 34 south (Commercial Street)||East end of IL 34 overlap|
||Equality||IL 142 north|
||Shawneetown Bridge (free)|
||KY 56 east||Continuation into Kentucky|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- Carlson, Rich. Illinois Highways Page: Routes 1 thru 20. Last updated March 15, 2005. Retrieved April 1, 2006.
- Illinois Technology Transfer Center (2007). "T2 GIS Data". Retrieved 2007-11-08.
- "New bypass opens in Harrisburg." The Southern Illinoisan, Oct. 19, 2010. Retrieved Sept. 8, 2013.
- "Bill Franks Bypass dedicated." The Daily Register, Apr. 29, 2011. Retrieved Sept. 8, 2013.
- "Monday opening planned for bypass." The Daily Register, Apr. 6, 2012. Retrieved Sept. 8, 2013.