Interstate 74 in Illinois
|Everett McKinley Dirksen Memorial Highway|
|Maintained by Illinois DOT|
|Length:||220.34 mi (354.60 km)|
|West end:||I-74 / US 6 in Moline|
|US 45 in Urbana|
|East end:||I-74 in Danville|
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). 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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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|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|
|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)|
|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)|
|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|
|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|
|Dry Grove Township||125||US 150 (Mitsubishi Motorway)|
|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|
US 51 south (Main Street) / US 51 Bus. north – Decatur, Bloomington
|East end of US 51 overlap|
|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|
|Champaign||179||I-57 to I-72 west – Memphis, Chicago, Decatur||Signed as exits 179A (south) and 179B (north)|
|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|
|Danville Township||210||US 150 (M.L. King Drive)|
|215||US 150 / IL 1 (Georgetown Road, Gilbert Street)||Signed as exits 215A (east/south) and 215B (west/north)|
|216||Bowman Avenue, Perrysville Road|
|I-74 east||Continuation into Indiana|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- State of Illinois (Unknown date). "605 ILCS 15 / Dirksen Memorial Highway Act". Illinois Compiled Statutes. Retrieved 2007-11-08.
- 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.
- Illinois Department of Transportation (2007-01-04). "Upgrade 74". Retrieved 2006-11-26.
- Buedel, Matt. "$86.6 million road project begins Monday near Morton - News Now - Peoria, IL". pjstar.com. Retrieved 2013-03-28.
- Dispatch/Argus staff (2005). "Mississippi Bridge Timeline". The Dispatch / The Rock Island Argus. Progress 2005. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
- Iowa Department of Transportation. "I-74 Corridor Overview". Retrieved July 25, 2011.
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