Interstate 74 in Illinois

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This article is about the section of Interstate 74 in Illinois. For the entire length of the highway, see Interstate 74.

Interstate 74 marker

Interstate 74
Everett McKinley Dirksen Memorial Highway[1]
Route information
Maintained by Illinois DOT
Length: 220.34 mi[2] (354.60 km)
Major junctions
West end: I-74 / US 6 in Moline

I-280 / US 6 in Moline
I-80 / I-280 in Colona
I-474 in Peoria
I-474 in East Peoria
I-155 near Morton
I-55 / US 51 in Bloomington
I-57 in Champaign

US 45 in Urbana
East end: I-74 in Danville
Highway system
IL 73 IL 75

In the U.S. state of Illinois, Interstate 74 (I-74) is a major northwest-southeast Interstate Highway that runs across the central portion of the state. It runs from the Iowa state line at the Mississippi River southeast to the Indiana state line east of Danville, Illinois. This is a distance of 220.34 miles (354.60 km).[2] The highway is officially named after Everett McKinley Dirksen, a Republican Senator and U.S. Congressman from Pekin from 1933 to his death in 1969.[1]


In November 2006 major work was completed on the Upgrade 74 project for the portion of I-74 in the Midwest. This multi-year project, begun in April 2002, saw the complete renovation of I-74 through East Peoria and Peoria. Most notably the interstate was widened to three lanes through the cities, many blind or hairpin exits and entrances to the highway were removed or corrected, and many bridges crossing the highway were replaced. The biggest part of this project was work on the Murray Baker Bridge, over which I-74 crosses the Illinois River. The bridge was completely closed to traffic while being partially dismantled and reconstructed from April 2 to October 15, 2005. During this time I-74 was disconnected between Peoria and East Peoria.[3] In late March 2013, the biggest road reconstruction project in the Peoria area since the 2002-2006 project- a complete $86.6 million revision of the Morton, Illinois I-74/I-155 interchange system- started its beginning phases (Morton, a hub for the two interstates and the site of facilities for Caterpillar, Pepsi, and Libby's Pumpkin, is a growing Peoria suburb, across the Illinois River, east of East Peoria and Pekin, in Tazewell County). This latest project is tentatively scheduled to be finished by the end of summer 2015, and the demolition/reconstruction will be scheduled in phases to minimize traffic disruption.[4]


The Iowa and Illinois departments of transportation are in the planning stages to build a new bridge to replace the aging I-74 Bridge. The Iowa-bound bridge opened in 1935; the Illinois bridge in 1958.[5] In addition to replacing the bridges, the scope of the bi-state coalition's plan includes updating 7 miles (11 km) of I-74 mainline and interchanges from 53rd Street in Davenport to the Avenue of the Cities in Moline.[6]

Parallel bridges cross a river
I-74 begins on the I-74 Bridge over the Mississippi River at Moline

Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
Scott Bettendorf I-74 west / US 6 west Continuation into Iowa
Mississippi River I-74 Bridge
Rock Island Moline 1 River Drive Eastbound exit and westbound entrance only
2 7th Avenue
3 Avenue of the Cities
4 IL 5 (John Deere Road) Signed as exits 4A (west) and 4B (east)
5 I-280 west / US 6 west – Des Moines, Quad City Airport East end of US 6 overlap; west end of I-280 overlap; eastbound exits signed 5A (I-280) and 5B (US 6); no exit numbers westbound
Henry Colona Township I-80 / I-280 ends / IL 110 east – Chicago, Davenport, Des Moines East end of I-280 overlap; west end of IL 110 overlap
Lynn Township 24 IL 81 – Kewanee, Cambridge
Woodhull 32 IL 17 – Woodhull, Alpha
Knox Galesburg 46 US 34 / IL 110 west – Kewanee, Monmouth East end of IL 110 overlap; signed as exits 46A (west) and 46B (east)
48 Galesburg, East Galesburg Westbound signed as exits 48A (west) and 48B (east)
Knoxville 51 Knoxville
Knox Township 54 US 150 / IL 97 – Lewistown
Peoria Brimfield Township 71 To IL 78 – Canton, Elmwood, Kewanee
Brimfield 75 Brimfield, Oak Hill
Kickapoo Township 82 Kickapoo, Edwards
87 I-474 east / IL 6 north – Indianapolis, Chillicothe Signed as exits 87A (I-474) and 87B (IL 6)
Peoria 88 To US 150 west / Sterling Avenue
89 US 150 (War Memorial Drive)
90 Gale Avenue
91 University Street
92A IL 40 (Knoxville Avenue)
92B To IL 40 / Glen Oak Avenue – Downtown Peoria
93 To US 24 / IL 29 (Jefferson Avenue, Adams Street) – Downtown Peoria
Illinois River Murray Baker Bridge
Tazewell East Peoria 94 IL 40 north / Riverfront Drive – Downtown Peoria
95A US 150 west / IL 116 (North Main Street) Westbound exits combined as exit 95
95B US 150 east / IL 8 east (Camp Street)
96 US 150 east (East Washington Street) to IL 8
98 Pinecrest Drive
99 I-474 west – Pekin, Moline, Rock Island
Morton 101 I-155 south – Lincoln
102 Morton Avenue – Morton Eastbound signed as exits 102A (south) and 102B (north)
Woodford Goodfield 112 IL 117 – Goodfield
McLean Carlock 120 Carlock
Dry Grove Township 125 US 150 (Mitsubishi Motorway)
Normal Township 127
I-55 north / US 51 north to I-39 north – Chicago West end of I-55 / US 51 overlap
Bloomington 160 US 150 / IL 9 (Market Street) – Pekin
I-55 south / I-55 Bus. (Veterans Parkway) – St. Louis East end of I-55 overlap
Bloomington Township 135
US 51 south (Main Street) / US 51 Bus. north – Decatur, Bloomington
East end of US 51 overlap
Downs 142 Downs
Le Roy 149 Le Roy
Empire Township 152 US 136 – Rantoul, Heyworth
De Witt Farmer City 159 IL 54 – Farmer City, Gibson City
Piatt Blue Ridge Township 166 Mansfield
Champaign Mahomet 172 IL 47 – Gibson City, Mahomet
174 Prairieview Road
Champaign 179 I-57 to I-72 west – Memphis, Chicago, Decatur Signed as exits 179A (south) and 179B (north)
181 Prospect Avenue
182 Neil Street
Urbana 183 Lincoln Avenue
184 US 45 (Cunningham Avenue) – Rantoul
185 IL 130 (University Avenue)
St. Joseph 192 St. Joseph
Ogden 197 To IL 49 south – Royal, Ogden
Vermilion Oakwood Township 200 IL 49 – Fithian, Rankin
206 Potomac, Oakwood
Danville Township 210 US 150 (M.L. King Drive)
Danville 214 G Street
215 US 150 / IL 1 (Georgetown Road, Gilbert Street) Signed as exits 215A (east/south) and 215B (west/north)
216 Bowman Avenue, Perrysville Road
220 Lynch Road
I-74 east Continuation into Indiana
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b State of Illinois (Unknown date). "605 ILCS 15 / Dirksen Memorial Highway Act". Illinois Compiled Statutes. Retrieved 2007-11-08.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ a b Federal Highway Administration (2002-10-31). "Main Routes of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System Of Interstate and Defense Highways as of October 31, 2002". Retrieved 2006-09-29. 
  3. ^ Illinois Department of Transportation (2007-01-04). "Upgrade 74". Retrieved 2006-11-26. 
  4. ^ Buedel, Matt. "$86.6 million road project begins Monday near Morton - News Now - Peoria, IL". Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  5. ^ Dispatch/Argus staff (2005). "Mississippi Bridge Timeline". The Dispatch / The Rock Island Argus. Progress 2005. Retrieved July 25, 2011. 
  6. ^ Iowa Department of Transportation. "I-74 Corridor Overview". Retrieved July 25, 2011. 

External links[edit]

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