|Maintained by MoDOT and IDOT|
|Length:||386.12 mi (621.40 km)|
|South end:||I-55 / US 60 in Miner, MO|
|North end:||I-94 in Chicago, IL|
|Counties:||Alexander, Pulaski, Union, Johnson, Williamson, Franklin, Jefferson, Marion, Fayette, Clay, Effingham, Shelby, Cumberland, Coles, Douglas, Champaign, Ford, Iroquois, Kankakee, Will, Cook|
Interstate 57 (I-57) is an Interstate Highway in Missouri and Illinois that parallels the old Illinois Central rail line for much of its route. It goes from Sikeston, Missouri, at Interstate 55 to Chicago, Illinois, at Interstate 94. I-57 essentially serves as a shortcut route for travelers headed between the south (Memphis, New Orleans, etc.) and Chicago, bypassing St. Louis, Missouri. Between the junction of I-55 and I-57 in Sikeston, Missouri and the junction of I-55 and I-90/94 in Chicago, I-55 travels for 436 miles (702 km), while the combination of I-57 and I-94 is only 396 miles (637 km) long between the same two points. In fact, both the control cities on the overhead signs, as well as destination mileage signs, reference Memphis along southbound I-57, even as far north as its northern origin at I-94 in Chicago. Likewise, at its southern end, Chicago is the control city listed for I-57 on signs on northbound I-55 south of Sikeston, Missouri, even though I-55 also goes to Chicago.
As of 2010[update], I-57 has no spur routes, nor are any planned in the nearby future. At a length of just over 386 miles (621 km), it is the longest two-digit interstate highway without an auxiliary route. I-57 has one Business Loop in Charleston.
After ending southbound at Interstate 55, the highway continues as U.S. Route 60, which meets U.S. Route 67 at Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and from there U.S. Route 67 goes south to Little Rock, Arkansas. The state of Missouri has proposed extending the I-57 designation down this corridor. However, this plan conflicts with Arkansas' plans to extend the Interstate 30 designation north on U.S. Route 67, a road of which a long section already meets Interstate Highway standards.
From the start of I-57 northbound, the US 60 concurrency goes about 12 miles.
In the state of Illinois, Interstate 57 runs from the bridge over the Mississippi River north to Chicago. I-57 is the longest Interstate Highway in Illinois. Its route follows essentially the earlier route of US 51 in southernmost Illinois (US 51 has been diverted to I-57 where I-57 has always been close to old US 51 between Future City and Dongola) before taking a northeastward diagonal to Illinois 37, which remains intact as a town-to-town through route, past its interchange with Interstate 24 (the northwestern terminus of Interstate 24) near Pulleys Mill and a short duplex with Interstate 64 near Mount Vernon north to Effingham, where it has a short concurrence with Interstate 70. It then follows US 45 bypassing cities of Champaign and Urbana (where it meets Interstates 72 and 74), and heads north to Onarga whereafter it follows the formerly duplex path of US 45 and (now decommissioned in most of Illinois) old US 54 to Kankakee. At Kankakee it heads northward largely parallel to the now decommissioned route of old US 54 (since renumbered largely as Illinois 50) into greater Chicago, meeting Interstate 80 in Chicago suburbs and feeding Interstate 94 on Chicago's South Side.
Although I-57 serves as a long-distance bypass of St. Louis, the section between Mount Vernon and Pulleys Mill contains the most direct Interstate route between St. Louis and cities largely to the southeast of St. Louis (including Nashville and Atlanta). It serves as the northwestern terminus of Interstate 24 that leads southeastward to those cities and as the eastern terminus of Interstate 72 near Champaign.
The route is an easy way for Chicagoans to reach Shawnee National Forest in the southern tip of the state. It also serves as a major artery for college students in the state, running near Shawnee Community College in Ullin, Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, John A. Logan College in Carterville, Morthland College in West Frankfort, Rend Lake College in Ina, Lake Land College in Mattoon, Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Parkland College in Champaign, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Urbana-Champaign, Kankakee Community College in Kankakee, Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, and Governors State University in University Park. Interstate 57 and Interstate 294 (Tri-State Tollway) did not have an intersection for a long time, though phase one finally opened on October 25, 2014. It was one of only a few examples where Interstates cross but didn't have interchanges with each other. Vehicles were directed to use Interstate 80 to access Interstate 294 instead, though U.S. Route 6 is another option.
I-57 remains the only Chicago expressway that does not have a commonly used name. Its Chicago-area portion was formerly known as the Dan Ryan Expressway–West Leg. I-57 was named the Ken Gray Expressway in southern Illinois after former U.S. Congressman Ken Gray (West Frankfort) for his work on getting the route planned through southern Illinois. A 20 mile segment from Wentworth to Sauk Trail has been designated the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Trail but this is not intended as a navigational name.
The portion between the Route 121/US 45 exit and the Watson–Mason exit was completed and opened prior to July 1965, linking I-57 to I-70, and running in tandem with I-70 for several miles, with access to Indianapolis to the east, and St. Louis to the west.
A 21.5-mile (34.6 km) section of I-57 in Jefferson County from Bonnie (using a temporary road that is still partially visible from the northbound lanes) to Route 161 opened on December 9, 1969. The final section of I-57 in Illinois opened in December 1971 at Paxton.
Interstate 57 may eventually be extended west along the U.S Route 60 corridor and then turn south along the future U.S Route 67 freeway corridor and head south to Little Rock, Arkansas. However, it conflicts with Arkansas's plans to extend Interstate 30 along that alignment.
Illinois Department of Transportation has proposed widening a section of I-57 to six lanes of traffic from I-24 to I-64. This section of interstate has some of the highest AADT on I-57 outside of the Chicago metropolitan area, with truck traffic amounting up to 30% of all traffic in spots. This section of I-57 has been the site of several interstate closing accidents in the past 10 years, including an incident involving a train derailment over the interstate near Benton in July 2004 and several fatal accidents in various construction zones. The section in Mt. Vernon is due to be widened by 2013 with construction having begun in late 2011.
IDOT and the Illinois Toll Highway Authority are building an interchange at the junction of I-57 with I-294. This project is part of the Move Illinois Project. On October 25, 2014, the first phase of the interchange opened, providing access from I-57 north to I-294 north & from I-294 south to I-57 south. Phase one also provided access from I-294 south to 147th Street & 147th Street to I-294 north. Phase two will open in 2023/2024.
|Missouri||Scott||Sikeston||0.000||0.000||US 60 west – Dexter, Poplar Bluff||Continuation past I-55; southern end of US 60 concurrency|
|1||I-55 – Memphis, St. Louis||Signed as exits 1A (south) and 1B (north)|
|Mississippi||Long Prairie Township||4.916||7.912||4||Route B – Bertrand|
|Charleston||10.745||17.292||10||I-57 Bus. north / Route 105 – Charleston, East Prairie|
|13.027||20.965||12||I-57 Bus. south / US 60 east / US 62 / Route 77 – Charleston, Wyatt||Northern end of US 60 concurrency|
|Interstate 57 Bridge
Missouri–Illinois state line
|Illinois||Alexander||1.4||2.3||1||US 51 south / IL 3 – Cairo||Southern end of US 51 concurrency|
|25.0||40.2||25||US 51 north – Carbondale||Northern end of US 51 concurrency; northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|30.0||48.3||30||IL 146 – Anna, Vienna|
|36.3||58.4||36||Lick Creek Road|
|Williamson||Goreville||43.9||70.7||44||I-24 east – Nashville|
|Marion||52.9||85.1||53||Main Street||Former IL 13|
|53.6||86.3||54||IL 13 – Harrisburg, Marion, Carbondale||In the process of conversion to a SPUI|
|Johnston City||58.9||94.8||59||Johnston City, Herrin|
|Franklin||West Frankfort||64.6||104.0||65||IL 149 – West Frankfort, Zeigler|
|Benton||71.6||115.2||71||IL 14 – Christopher, Benton|
|77.5||124.7||77||IL 154 – Sesser|
|91.5||147.3||92||I-64 east – Louisville||Southern end of I-64 concurrency|
|Mt. Vernon||93.7||150.8||94||Veterans Memorial Drive|
|94.7||152.4||95||IL 15 – Ashley, Mt. Vernon|
|96.2||154.8||96||I-64 west – St. Louis||Northern end of I-64 concurrency|
|Marion||109.2||175.7||109||IL 161 – Centralia|
|Salem||116.4||187.3||116||US 50 – Salem, Sandoval|
|Fayette||135.4||217.9||135||IL 185 – Vandalia, Farina|
||No major junctions|
|157.3||253.1||157||I-70 west – St. Louis||Southern end of I-70 concurrency|
|160.5||258.3||160||IL 32 / IL 33|
|162.2||261.0||162||US 45 – Sigel, Effingham||Effingham signed southbound only|
|163.4||263.0||163||I-70 east – Indianapolis||Northern end of I-70 concurrency|
||No major junctions|
|Cumberland||177.0||284.9||177||US 45 – Neoga|
|Coles||Mattoon||184.4||296.8||184||US 45 / IL 121 – Toledo, Mattoon|
|189.6||305.1||190||IL 16 – Charleston, Mattoon||Signed as exits 190A (east) and 190B (west)|
|192.4||309.6||192||CR 1000 north|
|Douglas||Arcola||203.6||327.7||203||IL 133 – Arcola, Paris|
|211.7||340.7||212||US 36 – Newman, Tuscola|
|Champaign||219.9||353.9||220||US 45 – Tolono, Pesotum, Tuscola|
|228.6||367.9||229||Monticello, Savoy, Tolono|
|235.2||378.5||235A||University Avenue (via I-72 east)|
|235B||I-72 west – Springfield, Decatur|
|237.4||382.1||237||I-74 – Indianapolis, Peoria||Signed as exits 237A (east) and 237B (west)|
|250.2||402.7||250||US 136 – Fisher, Rantoul|
|Ford||Paxton||260.9||419.9||261||IL 9 – Paxton, Gibson City|
|Iroquois||271.9||437.6||272||Buckley, Roberts||Roberts signed northbound only|
|279.9||450.5||280||IL 54 – Onarga, Roberts||Roberts signed southbound only|
|282.9||455.3||283||US 24 – Gilman, Chatsworth|
|292.7||471.1||293||IL 116 – Ashkum, Pontiac|
|Kankakee||307.5||494.9||308||US 45 / US 52 – Kankakee|
|Kankakee||311.6||501.5||312||IL 17 – Kankakee, Momence|
|315.3||507.4||315||IL 50 – Bradley, Bourbonnais|
|Cook||Richton Park||339.0||545.6||339||Sauk Trail|
|Matteson||340.69||548.29||340||US 30 / Lincoln Highway (21100 South)||Signed as exits 340A (east) and 340B (west) southbound|
|342.21||550.73||342||Vollmer Road||Signed as exits 342A (east) and 342B (west) southbound|
|345||I-80 to I-294 – Indiana, Iowa||Signed as exits 345A (east) and 345B (west)|
|346.62||557.83||346||167th Street||Cloverleaf with collector–distributor lanes|
|Markham||347.90||559.89||348||US 6 (159th Street)||Cloverleaf with collector–distributor lanes|
|Blue Island||349||I-294 north (Tri-State Tollway) – Wisconsin||Northbound exit southbound entrance, opened October 25, 2014; complete interchange opening 2023–24|
|Posen||350.15||563.51||350||IL 83 (147th Street, Sibley Boulevard)|
|Calumet Park||353.25||568.50||353||127th Street, Burr Oak Avenue (12700 South)|
|Chicago||355.27||571.75||355||111th Street, Monterey Avenue (11200 South)|
|357.32||575.05||357||IL 1 (Halsted Street (800 West))|
|358.47||576.90||Wentworth Avenue (200 W)||No exit number; southbound exit only for traffic from EB I-94|
|—|| I-94 east (Bishop Ford Freeway) – Indiana
I-94 west (Dan Ryan Expressway) – Chicago Loop
|Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
In popular culture
- The Champaign band Braid recorded a song titled "Interstate 57" on their debut album, Frankie Welfare Boy Age Five.
- Carbondale pop punk band The Copyrights recorded a song titled "57 North" on their 4th album, Learn The Hard Way.
- Staff (October 31, 2002). "Table 1: Main Routes of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways as of October 31, 2002". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved July 13, 2006.
- Staff. Exit 64A sign (Highway guide sign). Sikeston, MO: Missouri Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
- Staff. "Proposed Tri-State Tollway I-294/I-57 Interchange". Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. Archived from the original on October 25, 2009. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
- "Stretch of Illinois highway named for Tuskegee Airmen". Retrieved 25 September 2014.
- Mt. Vernon Register-News. December 9, 1969.[full citation needed]
- Southern Illinoisan. December 29, 1971.[full citation needed]
- Fond du Lac Reporter. March 9, 1972.[full citation needed]
- The Journal Times (Racine, WI). December 10, 1974.[full citation needed]
- Staff. "Interstate 57 Add Lane from I-24 to I-64". Illinois Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
- Illinois Department of Transportation. Map Viewer (Map). http://www.gettingaroundillinois.com/mapviewer.aspx?mt=aadt. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
- Southern Illinoisan.[full citation needed]
- Culli, Tesa (January 28, 2011). "Interstate 57 expanding to six lanes". Mt. Vernon Register-News. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
- Staff. "Welcome to the Interstate 57/294 Interchange Project Website!". Illinois Department of Transportation. Retrieved January 9, 2012.
- Missouri Department of Transportation. Flex Map Viewer (Map). Cartography by MoDOT. https://www6.modot.mo.gov/hpmaps. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
- Google Inc. "Map of Interstate 57 in Illinois". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://www.google.com/maps/dir/37.0238712,-89.2111667/41.7150654,-email@example.com,-87.6238852,14z/data=!4m4!4m3!1m0!1m0!3e0. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
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