Illinois Route 126
|Maintained by IDOT|
|Length:||17.25 mi (27.76 km)|
|Existed:||1934 – present|
|West end:||IL 47 in Yorkville|
|US 30 / IL 59 in Plainfield|
|East end:||I-55 near Plainfield|
Illinois Route 126 (IL 126) is a 17.25-mile-long (27.76 km) east–west state highway in the northern part of the U.S. state of Illinois. It travels from IL 47 in Yorkville to Interstate 55 (I-55) between Plainfield and Bolingbrook.
IL 126 begins at an intersection with IL 47 in Yorkville, and travels as a rural two-lane road until it intersects historic Lincoln Highway and enters Plainfield as West Lockport Road. Immediately after crossing the DuPage River, it turns northeast onto Main Street, bypassing Downtown Plainfield, and intersects the concurrency of US 30 and IL 59 at North Division Street. It continues northeastward out of Plainfield on Main Street until it ends at an intersection with I-55. There is no access to IL 126 from northbound I-55. Likewise, there is no southbound I-55 access from IL 126.
For most of its length, IL 126 is an undivided two-lane surface road, until a high-speed ramp is used to access northbound I-55 at its eastern terminus.
Congestion in Plainfield is increasing substantially on this highway, IL 59, and US 30 because of near-explosive growth in Plainfield, a southwest suburb of Chicago.
The history of IL 126, in both of its incarnations, is tied closely to the history of US 66.
The original State Bond Issue Route 126 (SBI 126) was opened in 1930 to carry the then-new US 66 from Springfield to Litchfield, bypassing the numerous towns along IL 4. Initially, this road was marked as both US 66 and IL 126. In 1934, the concurrency of IL 126 was removed, and this road was known only as US 66.
SBI 66 originally traveled from Plainfield to Welco Corners in present-day Bolingbrook, where it intersected SBI 4. However, by then, SBI 4 was also designated as US 66, which created confusion with IL 66, so, in 1935, IL 66 was given the route number "126", which had been removed from US 66 in southern Illinois, and the new IL 126 was extended west from Plainfield to Yorkville.
In 1940, US 66 was rerouted through Plainfield to bypass congestion in Joliet, and IL 126 was truncated to travel only from Yorkville to Plainfield, with US 66 taking over IL 126 (SBI 66) from Plainfield to Welco Corners.
When US 66 was rerouted in 1957 onto its new freeway alignment bypassing Plainfield, which would later become I-55, IL 126 was re-extended east from Plainfield along its pre-1940 route to meet I-55/US 66. This resulted in the section of the highway from Plainfield to I-55/US 66 having had four route numbers in its history: 66, 126, 66 (again), and 126 (again).
Until US 30 was rerouted in 2008, IL 126 was concurrent with it for a short distance approaching Plainfield from the west, between Lincoln Highway and IL 126's turn to the northeast onto Main Street.
|Kendall||Yorkville||0.00||0.00||IL 47 (Bridge Street)||Western terminus|
|1.4||2.3||IL 71 (Stagecoach Trail)|
|Will||Plainfield||13.4||21.6||US 30 / IL 59 (Will Rogers Highway, Division Street) / Lincoln Highway|
|17.25||27.76||I-55 north (Will Rogers Highway)||Eastern terminus; southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- "State Markers Removed From U.S. Highways". Mattoon Journal-Gazette. January 29, 1934. p. 6. Retrieved November 6, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Illinois Technology Transfer Center (2006). "T2 GIS Data". Retrieved 2007-11-08.
- "1931 Official Illinois Highway Map". idaillinois.org.
- "1932 Official Illinois Highway Map". idaillinois.org.
- "1940 Illinois Road Map". idaillinois.org.
- "1957 Illinois: Official Highway Map". idaillinois.org.
- Google (March 2, 2017). "Overview Map of IL 126" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
Route map: Google