Illinois Route 17

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Illinois Route 17 marker

Illinois Route 17
Route information
Maintained by IDOT
Length: 209.40 mi[2] (337.00 km)
Existed: November 5, 1918[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: 1st Street in New Boston
  US 67 in Viola
US 150 in Alpha

I-74 / IL 110 (CKC) in Woodhull
US 34 in Bishop Hill
US 34 in Galva
I-39 / US 51 in Wenona
I-55 in Dwight
US 45 / US 52 in Kankakee
I-57 in Kankakee
East end: SR 2 in Grant Park
Location
Counties: Mercer, Henry, Knox, Stark, Marshall, LaSalle, Livingston, Kankakee
Highway system
IL 16 IL 18

Illinois Route 17 is a rural, arterial east–west state road that runs east from a former ferry crossing in New Boston along the banks of the Mississippi River[3] to State Road 2 west of Lowell, Indiana. It is 209.40 miles (337.00 km) long.[2]

Route description[edit]

IL 1 and IL 17 at their concurrency in Grant Park

Illinois 17 is the main street for numerous small towns in west central and central Illinois. It crosses the Illinois River at Lacon, and passes through Dwight and Kankakee, before it joins with Illinois Route 1 and enters Indiana east of Grant Park.

Illinois 17 also overlaps with U.S. Route 34, old U.S. Route 51, and Illinois Route 40 south of Wyoming. It also crosses the Kankakee River at Kankakee, IL. The route is largely a 2 lane road except through towns, where it occasionally becomes a 2 lane road with a center turn lane. East of Kankakee, Illinois 17 becomes a 4-lane divided highway.

At its western terminus, Illinois 17 is one of the only routes in the state not to connect to a state highway or U.S. Route of another state. A ferry crossing to Iowa had been dropped in the 1950s,[1] but the terminus has not been moved east to reflect this. In 2003, the discovery that the Mississippi River had deepened at a nearby location raised the possibility of returning ferry service to New Boston.[4] Ferry service in New Boston would be expected to bring 15,000 cars across the river yearly, saving the vehicles from driving to either Burlington, Iowa or Muscatine, Iowa — distances of about 50 miles (80 km) — to cross over into Iowa.

History[edit]

SBI Route 17 originally ran from Lacon to Grant Park. The only changes to Route 17 have been extensions east and west, and a relocation to a new road south of Streator.[1]

Illinois Route 83A connected Illinois Route 83 (now Illinois Route 17) to Keithsburg.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[5] km Destinations Notes
Mercer New Boston 0.0 0.0 1st Street (Mississippi River)
1.5 2.4 Great River Road north West end of GRR overlap
4.0 6.4 Great River Road south East end of GRR overlap
Aledo 14.5 23.3 IL 94 south (College Avenue) West end of IL 94 overlap
15.4 24.8 IL 94 north (Northeast 15th Avenue) East end of IL 94 overlap
Viola 23.1 37.2 US 67 (13th Street)
Henry 33.9 54.6 US 150 north West end of US 150 overlap
35.4 57.0 US 150 south East end of US 150 overlap
Woodhull 37.9 61.0
I-74 / IL 110 (CKC) – Moline, Galesburg
Nekoma 46.3 74.5 IL 82 north
47.8 76.9 US 34 west West end of US 34 overlap
Galva 53.9 86.7 US 34 (2nd Street) East end of US 34 overlap
Knox 57.9 93.2 IL 180 south
Stark 64.0 103.0 IL 78 north West end of IL 78 overlap
64.5 103.8 IL 78 south East end of IL 78 overlap
Toulon 68.0 109.4 IL 91 north (Union Street) West end of IL 91 overlap
Wyoming 74.0 119.1 IL 91 south (7th Street) East end of IL 91 overlap
80.6 129.7 IL 40 north West end of IL 40 overlap
Marshall 85.1 137.0 IL 40 south East end of IL 40 overlap
Sparland 95.3 153.4 IL 29 north (Railroad Street) West end of IL 29 overlap
95.6 153.9 IL 29 south (Railroad Street) East end of IL 29 overlap
Illinois River 96.7 155.6 Lacon Bridge
Lacon 97.2 156.4 IL 26 (Prairie Street)
106.5 171.4 IL 89 (2160 East Road)
111.5 179.4 IL 117 south (2650 East Road)
115.6 186.0 I-39 / US 51 – Bloomington-Normal, Rockford
La Salle 116.0 186.7 IL 251 south (East 6th Road) West end of IL 251 overlap
Wenona 118.1 190.1 IL 251 north (Chestnut Street) East end of IL 251 overlap
Livingston 129.4 208.2 IL 23 (North 500 East Road)
138.2 222.4 IL 18 west (North 1200 East Road)
141.2 227.2 IL 170 (North 1500 East Road)
151.2 243.3 I-55 – Joliet, Springfield
Dwight 152.8 245.9 IL 47 (Union Street)
Kankakee Kankakee 181.9 292.7 IL 113 west (Wall Street)
182.1 293.1 Bridge over Kankakee River
182.2 293.2 US 45 north / US 52 north (Kennedy Drive) West end of US 45/US 52 overlap
182.7 294.0 US 45 south / US 52 south (Washington Avenue) East end of US 45/US 52 overlap
183.0 294.5 IL 50 south (Indiana Avenue)
183.1 294.7 IL 50 north (Harrison Avenue)
184.3 296.6 I-57 (Eastern Kankakee Bypass) – Chicago, Champaign
Sun River Terrace 190.2 306.1 IL 1 south (South 7500 East Road) West end of IL 1 overlap
Momence 195.5 314.6 IL 114 east (Gladiolus Street)
Grant Park 203.0 326.7 IL 1 north (County Road East 1241 North) East end of IL 1 overlap
Lake 209.4 337.0 SR 2 east Continuation into Indiana
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Google

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b c Carlson, Rick. Illinois State Highways Page: Routes 1 thru 20. Latest version as of March 15, 2006. Retrieved March 20, 2006.
  2. ^ a b Illinois Technology Transfer Center (2007). "T2 GIS Data". Retrieved 2007-11-08. 
  3. ^ Illinois Highway Ends. Illinois 17. Retrieved April 21, 2006.
  4. ^ Rodriguez, Jason. "Is New Boston Ferry Feasible Again?" Quad-Cities Online. http://qconline.com/progress2003/prog_dsplay.cgi?pr3!id!144550 February 14, 2004. URL retrieved April 21, 2006.
  5. ^ Google Maps, [1]