Illinois Route 6
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|Maintained by IDOT|
|Length||10.11 mi (16.27 km)|
|Existed||After 1971 – present|
|South end||I-74 / I-474 in Peoria|
|US 150 in Peoria|
|North end||IL 29 in Mossville|
Illinois Route 6 is a 4-lane freeway entirely in Peoria County in central Illinois. It begins as a northern extension of Interstate 474 at Interstate 74 west of Peoria, and ends at Illinois Route 29 at the 9th Mile in Mossville, south of Chillicothe. The freeway currently has a total length of 10.11 miles (16.27 km), including the connector ramp to Illinois 29.
Although fairly short, Illinois 6 draws more traffic than a rural highway because it passes through the developing north and northwest edge of Peoria. A one-mile (1.6 km) stretch of road around the U.S. Route 150 (War Memorial Drive) exit has become a major commercial development area that now includes a major mall and a nearby strip mall with over 30 movie screens between them. In addition, new development is occurring rapidly around the other interchanges of Allen Road (old Illinois Route 174), Knoxville Avenue (Illinois Route 40), and Illinois Route 29.
Several plans have been considered for continuing the Illinois 6 corridor. One is extending Illinois 6 into a loop by building a bridge over the Illinois River and running the highway south to Interstates 74 and 474 near Interstate 155 in Morton. Another is to build north or northeast from the current terminus to a new interchange in Chillicothe, connecting with a proposed Illinois 29 expressway that would connect to Interstate 180.
The entire route is in Peoria County.
|Peoria||0.00||0.00||I-474 east – Bloomington||Continuation beyond I-74|
|A-B||I-74 – Galesburg, Peoria||I-74 exit 87B; southern terminus & signed as exits A (east) & B (west)|
|2.32||3.73||2||US 150 (War Memorial Drive) – Kickapoo|
|6.54||10.53||6||IL 40 (Knoxville Avenue) – Bradford|
|Mossville||9.18||14.77||9||IL 29 – Chillicothe||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
Route map: Google
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