Interstate 70 in Illinois

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This article is about the section of Interstate 70 in Illinois. For the entire length of the highway, see Interstate 70.

Interstate 70 marker

Interstate 70
Route information
Maintained by IDOT
Length: 160 mi[1] (260 km)
Major junctions
West end: I-70 in Brooklyn, Illinois
 
East end: US 40 / I-70 near Marshall
Location
Counties: St. Clair, Madison, Bond, Fayette, Effingham, Cumberland, Clark
Highway system
IL 69 IL 70

Interstate 70 (I-70) is a part of the Interstate Highway System that runs from Cove Fort, Utah to Baltimore, Maryland. In the U.S. state of Illinois, the Interstate highway runs 160 miles (260 km) from the Missouri state line at the Mississippi River in Brooklyn east to the Indiana state line near Marshall. I-70, which runs in a generally east-northeast direction across the state parallel to and sometimes concurrent with U.S. Route 40 (US 40), connects St. Louis and the Metro-East region of Illinois with the Indiana cities of Terre Haute and Indianapolis, as well as many small towns along the northern edge of Southern Illinois and the southern tier of the Central Illinois region. Within the Metro-East, I-70 has junctions with I-64 in East St. Louis and I-55 near Troy. I-70 also intersects the two Interstates that form St. Louis's beltway: I-255 near Collinsville and I-270 at the I-55 junction near Troy. East of the Metro-East region, I-70 meets US 51 in Vandalia and both I-57 and US 45 in Effingham. Like all Interstate highways, I-70 is a part of the National Highway System for its entire length in Illinois.[2]

Route description[edit]

I-70 enters Illinois from St. Louis by crossing the Mississippi River on the four lane Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge into the village of Brooklyn in St. Clair County. The first interchange is for IL 3, which heads south toward Cahokia; the interstate has an interchange with Interstate 64 towards Fairview Heights Fairview Heights, and Interstate 55, which it joins and heads northeast.[1]

I-70 and I-55 have an interchange with IL 203 before entering Madison County. The Interstate has a diamond interchange with IL 111 just north of Fairmont City and a partial interchange with Black Lane before the highway's interchange with I-255 west of Collinsville. I-70 and I-55 curve northeast around Collinsville and leave the floodplain of the Mississippi River at the interchange with IL 157 (Bluff Road), where the highway reduces to four lanes. The Interstate passes between Collinsville and Maryville, which are both served by the next interchange with IL 159 (Vandalia Street/Maryville Road). US 40 leaves the freeway at a trumpet interchange southwest of Troy. I-70 and I-55 curve to the north and meet IL 162 (Edwardsville Road) before I-70 and I-55 diverge at the highways' interchange with I-270. The interchange, Exit 20, is a full cloverleaf except for a flyover ramp for westbound I-70 to join southbound I-55. Westbound I-70's interchange number is Exit 15, marking the continuation of I-270's number sequence that I-70 will carry east to Indiana.[1]

I-70 meets IL 4 and IL 143 to the south and east of Marine before crossing Highland Silver Lake. US 40 joins I-70 again near Pierron, Illinois and run concurrently into Bond County, where the highways separate at Pocahontas, where I-70 crosses Shoal Creek. US 40 continues to closely parallel I-70 until the next interchange, which is a connector to US 40 southwest of Greenville. The two highways pass to the south of Greenville, which is also served via an interchange with IL 127. East of Mulberry Grove, I-70 and US 40 cross to the north side of the east–west rail line and again closely parallel each other into Fayette County. I-70 passes along the northern edge of Vandalia, with access to the county seat of Fayette County provided by an interchange with US 40 on the west side and US 51 (Kennedy Boulevard) to the north. Just east of US 51, I-70 crosses the Kaskaskia River. I-70 crosses to the south side of both the rail line and US 40 (Cumberland Road) between Bluff City and Brownstown. The Interstate passes to the south of St. Elmo before entering Effingham County to the west of an interchange with IL 128 at Altamont.[1]

Immediately after crossing the Little Wabash River, I-70 joins I-57 in a concurrency to pass around the west and north sides of Effingham. The two Interstates use I-57's exit sequence during the overlap. I-70 and I-57 intersect Fayette Avenue, IL 32 and IL 33 (Keller Drive), and US 45 (Third Street) before diverging near Teutopolis. Just east of Montrose, I-70 enters Cumberland County, where the Interstate has one interchange with IL 130 (Haughton Highway) at Greenup, where the highway crosses the Embarras River. The Interstate continues into Clark County for an interchange with IL 49 north of Casey. I-70 crosses the North Fork Embarras River north of Martinsville, then has a junction with IL 1 north of the county seat of Marshall. Northeast of Marshall, US 40 joins I-70 in a concurrency. The Interstate and U.S. highway cross the Indiana state line west of Terre Haute while closely paralleling the original alignment of US 40, Illiana Drive.[1]

Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
Mississippi River 0.0 0.0 Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge; Missouri state line
St. Clair East St. Louis 2 IL 3 – Cahokia
I-55 south / I-64 west / US 40 south / IL 3 – St. Louis, Louisville Signed as exit 2 eastbound; west end of I-55 overlap
3 Exchange Avenue Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Canteen Township 4 IL 203 – Granite City, Fairmont City Split into exits 4A (south) and 4B (north) westbound
Madison Nameoki Township 6 IL 111 / Great River Road – Wood River, Washington Park
9 Black Lane south Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Collinsville Township 10 I-255 – Memphis, Jct. I-270
11 IL 157 (Bluff Road) – Collinsville, Edwardsville
Maryville 15 IL 159 (Vandalia Street/Maryville Road) – Collinsville, Maryville Split into exits 15A (south) and 15B (north)
Jarvis Township 17 US 40 – St. Jacob, Highland East end of US 40 overlap
Troy 18 IL 162 (Edwardsville Road) – Troy
Pin Oak Township 20/15 I-55 north / I-270 west – Springfield, Chicago, Kansas City East end of I-55 overlap; Split into exits 20A (I-70) and 2B (I-270) eastbound, with no exit number for I-55; Exit 15B westbound is for I-55, with no exit number for I-270
Marine Township 21 IL 4 – Staunton, Lebanon
24 IL 143 – Marine, Highland
Saline Township 30 US 40 west / IL 143 (Steiner Road) – Pierron, Highland West end of US 40 overlap
Bond Old Ripley Township 36 US 40 east (Pokey Road) – Pocahontas East end of US 40 overlap
Central Township 41 To US 40 / Millersburg Road – Greenville
45 IL 127 – Greenville, Carlyle
Pleasant Mound Township 52 Mulberry Grove Road – Mulberry Grove, Keyesport
Fayette Vandalia Township 61 US 40 – Vandalia
Vandalia 63 US 51 (Kennedy Boulevard) – Vandalia, Pana
Otego Township 68 US 40 (Cumberland Road) – Brownstown, Bluff City
St. Elmo 76 Interstate Drive – St. Elmo
Effingham Altamont 82 IL 128 north (Main Street) – Altamont
Summit Township 92 I-57 south – Memphis West end of I-57 overlap; Westbound I-70 exits I-57 via exit 157
Effingham 159 Fayette Avenue – Effingham
160 IL 32 / IL 33 (Keller Drive)
162 US 45 (Third Street) – Sigel
Teutopolis Township 98 I-57 north – Chicago East end of I-57 overlap; Eastbound I-70 exits I-57 via exit 163
Montrose 105 Spring Creek Road – Montrose
Cumberland Greenup 119 IL 130 (Haughton Highway) – Greenup, Charleston
Clark Casey Township 129 IL 49 – Casey
Martinsville 136 Cleone Road – Martinsville
Marshall Township 147 IL 1 – Marshall, Paris
Wabash Township 154 US 40 west West end of US 40 overlap
I-70 / US 40 east – Terre Haute, Indianapolis Eastern terminus of I-70 in Illinois; Indiana state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Auxiliary Routes of I-70 in Illinois[edit]

I-70 has one auxiliary route in Illinois:

  • I-270 - Forms the northern and western two-thirds of the beltway around the St. Louis Metro Area (the eastern third is signed as I-255)

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing


Interstate 70
Previous state:
Missouri
Illinois Next state:
Indiana