Illinois Route 9

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Illinois Route 9 marker

Illinois Route 9
Route information
Maintained by IDOT
Length: 218.31 mi[2] (351.34 km)
Existed: November 5, 1918[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: Iowa 2 at the Iowa state line in Niota
 
East end: SR 26 / SR 352 in Hoopeston
Location
Counties: Vermilion, Ford, McLean, Tazewell, Peoria, Fulton, McDonough, Hancock
Highway system
IL 8 IL 10

Illinois Route 9 (IL 9) is a 218.31-mile-long (351.34 km) cross-state, east–west rural state highway in the central part of the U.S. state of Illinois. It travels from Niota at the Fort Madison Toll Bridge, that crosses the Mississippi River into Iowa, eastward across central Illinois to State Road 26 (SR 26) at the Indiana state line.

Route description[edit]

IL 9 is a major arterial route in rural central Illinois. It is a parallel highway to IL 116 to the north and U.S. Route 136 (US 136) to its south.

IL 9 east just after the Fort Madison Toll Bridge

The road starts, in the east, at the Indiana state line near Cheneyville at SR 26 and SR 352 and travels as the main highway west. It has an interchange with Interstate 57 (I-57) at Paxton; I-55/I-74 at Bloomington; I-155 at Tremont; and crossing the Illinois River on the John T. McNaughton Bridge between Bartonville and Pekin, where it becomes known as Court Street in the city. It is a two-lane highway for most of its length.

History[edit]

IL 9 was established in 1918 as one of the original 46 State Bond Issue Route (SBI) routes. The routing of IL 9 has had two major changes since its establishment.

The original western terminus was in Hamilton, at the old Keokuk Rail Bridge completed in 1916 and then proceeded east through Carthage and Macomb (county seats of Hancock and McDonough counties), 9 miles (14 km) east of Macomb, southwest of New Philadelphia, the highway turned north to Bushnell and then proceeded east along the current IL 9 alignment to Canton, Peoria County, and Pekin.

  • US 136, Hamilton to New Philadelphia,
  • IL 41, New Philadelphia to Bushnell
  • IL 9, Bushnell to Indiana state ine.

This current highway moved north to terminate in Niota at the Fort Madison Toll Bridge (longest double-deck swing-span bridge in the world) after its completion in July 1928. The route parallels the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and Mississippi River to Dallas City then turns slightly southeast to LaHarpe. From LaHarpe, the highway parallels the original Toledo, Peoria and Western Railway right-of way to Bushnell.

From 1935 to 1937, IL 9 traveled a different route from Pekin to Bloomington, that original route is now posted as:

Future[edit]

  • Portions of IL 9 are being considered for the IL 336 project

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[3] km Destinations Notes
Mississippi River 0.0 0.0
Great River Road
Continuation into Iowa
Fort Madison Toll Bridge
Hancock Niota 0.9 1.4 IL 96 Western end of IL 96 concurrency
Dallas City 7.3 11.7 IL 96 Eastern end of IL 96 concurrency
14.0 22.5 IL 94 Western end of IL 94 concurrency
LaHarpe 20.0 32.2 IL 94 Eastern end of IL 94 concurrency
McDonough Good Hope 40.0 64.4
US 67 / IL 110 (CKC)
Bushnell 49.7 80.0 IL 41 West end of IL 41 concurrency
54.0 86.9 IL 41 East end of IL 41 concurrency
Fulton Canton 72.6 116.8 IL 78
Banner 80.8 130.0 US 24 Western end of US 24 concurrency
Peoria Orchard Mines 94.6 152.2 US 24 Eastern end of US 24 concurrency
Illinois River 96.3 155.0 John T. McNaughton Bridge
Tazewell Pekin 96.5 155.3 IL 29 south (2nd Street) One-way street, outbound access only; west end of IL 29 concurrency
96.55 155.38 IL 29 (3rd Street) One-way street, inbound access only
96.8 155.8 IL 29 north (5th Street) East end of IL 29 concurrency
Tremont 107.0 172.2 I-155 / IL 121 I-155 exit 25
McLean Bloomington Heights 131.0 210.8 US 150 west Western end of US 150 concurrency
133.0 214.0 I-55 / I-74 / US 51 I-55 exit 160
Bloomington 135 217
US 51 Bus. south (Center Street)
One-way street
135.05 217.34
US 51 Bus. north (Main Street)
One-way street
135.5 218.1 US 150 east (Clinton Street) Eastern end of US 150 concurrency
136 219 I-55 Bus. (Veterans Parkway)
144 232 IL 165 north
Ford Gibson City 169 272 IL 47 north West end of IL 47 concurrency
170 270 IL 54 west West end of IL 54 concurrency
170.5 274.4 IL 47 south (Sangamon Avenue) East end of IL 47 concurrency
171 275 IL 54 east (Lawrence Street) West end of IL 54 concurrency; serves Gibson Area Hospital
181 291 IL 115 north
Paxton 183 295 I-57 I-57 exit 261
183.8 295.8 US 45 south (Railroad Avenue) West end of US 45 concurrency
184 296 US 45 north (Railroad Avenue) East end of US 45 concurrency
Vermilion Rankin 195 314 IL 49
Hoopeston 206 332 IL 1
Grant Township 215 346 SR 26 east / SR 352 east SR 26 continues into Indiana
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carlson, Rick. Illinois Highways Page: Routes 1 thru 20. Last updated March 15, 2006. Retrieved March 28, 2006.
  2. ^ Illinois Technology Transfer Center (2007). "T2 GIS Data". Retrieved 2007-11-08. 
  3. ^ Google Maps, [1]

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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