Illinois Route 59

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Illinois Route 59 marker

Illinois Route 59
Sutton Road
Kerry Sheridan Memorial Highway
Route information
Maintained by IDOT
Length: 71.13 mi[2] (114.47 km)
Existed: 1924[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: I-55 in Shorewood
  US 52 in Shorewood
US 30 in Plainfield
US 34 in Aurora

I-88 / IL 110 (CKC) in Naperville
US 20 in Bartlett
I-90 in Hoffman Estates
US 14 in Barrington
US 12 in Wauconda
US 12 in Fox Lake
North end: IL 173 in Antioch
Location
Counties: Will, DuPage, Cook, Lake
Highway system
IL 58 US 60

Illinois Route 59 is a north–south state highway in northeastern Illinois. It runs south from Illinois Route 173 in Antioch to I-55 in Shorewood, spanning the north–south width of Chicago's western suburbs. This is a distance of 71.13 miles (114.47 km).[2]

Route description[edit]

Facing south along Illinois Route 59, taken from the Illinois Prairie Path.

Illinois 59 is a major four-lane arterial for most of its length, running parallel to and about five miles (8 km) east of the Fox River in Illinois. It is especially congested in the suburbs of Aurora and Naperville, where traffic counts average 40,000-55,000 vehicles per day. To accommodate the congestion, the 7.5-mile stretch between Ferry Road and 95th Street has been widened to six lanes. In the corridor from Shorewood to Plainfield and in the corridor from Warrenville to Hoffman Estates, the road is also fairly congested, with traffic counts averaging 25,000-40,000 vehicles per day; these portions are four lanes wide. Most portions along Illinois 59 are zoned for commercial uses, however there are extensive stretches of residential areas along the road in West Chicago, Barrington, and Fox Lake Hills. Illinois 59 is the only numbered highway with a Metra station named after it: the Route 59 station on the BNSF line, which differentiates the station from the Naperville and Aurora stations.[3]

Illinois 59 is called Fox Lake Road in Fox Lake Hills, Grand Avenue in portions of Ingleside and eastern Fox Lake, Sutton Road from South Barrington to Bartlett, Neltnor Boulevard in West Chicago, Hough Street in Barrington, and Brook Forest Avenue and Cottage Street in Shorewood.

Illinois 59 overlaps U.S. Route 12 (Rand Road) between Wauconda and Fox Lake.

History[edit]

SBI Route 59 ran from Joliet to Antioch on the current Illinois 59. Illinois 59 was replaced by U.S. Route 66 as U.S. 66 made its way onto a new highway in 1940; by 1957, Illinois 59 had been returned to its original state.[1]

The Illinois Department of Transportation opened a diverging diamond interchange at Illinois 59 and Interstate 88 in September 2015.[4]

Retail and Commerce[edit]

In almost every town or village spanning Route 59, retail development and residential sprawl can be found. The Route 59 corridor includes regional shopping areas in the Naperville/Aurora area, the Hoffman Estates/South Barrington/Streamwood area, the Plainfield area, and the Joliet/Shorewood area. The Route 59 corridor also includes large community retail areas in Volo/Fox Lake, Wauconda, Bartlett, West Chicago, and Warrenville. Route 59 also travels through the Barrington Historic District and is proximate to significant office complexes and job centers at its junctions with Interstate 90 and Interstate 88; these intersecting corridors of commerce are known as the Golden Corridor and the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor respectively. The regional shopping malls Westfield Fox Valley in Aurora and The Arboretum of South Barrington can also be found along the Route 59 corridor.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[5] km Destinations Notes
Will Shorewood 0.0 0.0 I-55 south (Will Rogers Highway) / Historic US 66 west – Normal, Bloomington, St. Louis Southern terminus of IL 59; Southern end of Historic US 66 concurrency
Southern end of Kerry Sheridan Memorial Highway
1.5 2.4 US 52 (Jefferson Street) to I-55 north
Northern end of Kerry Sheridan Memorial Highway
Joliet 4.5 7.2 CR 5 (Caton Farm Road)
Plainfield 6.5 10.5 CR 36 east (Renwick Road) Western terminus of CR 36
7.2 11.6 US 30 east / Lincoln Highway east (Joliet Road) Southern end of US 30/Lincoln Highway concurrency
7.8 12.6 IL 126 (Will Rogers Highway, Main Street) / Historic US 66 east Northern end of Historic US 66 concurrency
8.5 13.7 US 30 west / Lincoln Highway west (143rd Street) Northern end of US 30/Lincoln Highway concurrency
Naperville 12.5 20.1 CR 66 east (111th Street, Hassert Boulevard) Western terminus of CR 66
14.5 23.3 CR 89 east (95th Street) Western terminus of CR 89
DuPage AuroraNaperville
city line
17.0 27.4 CR 33 (75th Street)
17.5 28.2 US 34 (Ogden Avenue)
Naperville 21.0 33.8
I-88 / IL 110 (CKC) (Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway) – DeKalb, Chicago
Diverging diamond interchange as of 2016
NapervilleWarrenville
city line
21.4 34.4 CR 3 (Ferry Road)
Warrenville 22.2 35.7 IL 56 (Butterfield Road)
West Chicago 25.2 40.6 IL 38 (Roosevelt Road)
26.8 43.1 CR 21 east (Washington Street) Western terminus of CR 21
29.2 47.0 IL 64 (North Avenue) Red light camera enforcement intersection (southbound only)
Bartlett 31.4 50.5 CR 11 (Army Trail Road)
33.4 53.8 CR 29 (Stearns Road)
Cook 35.7 57.5 US 20 (Lake Street) – Elgin, Chicago
Streamwood 36.5 58.7 IL 19 (Irving Park Road)
Hoffman Estates 38.4 61.8 IL 58 (Golf Road)
39.9 64.2 I-90 (Jane Addams Memorial Tollway) – Elgin, Chicago
Hoffman EstatesSouth Barrington
village line
40.4 65.0 IL 72 (Higgins Road)
Barrington Hills 43.3 69.7 IL 62 / IL 68 west (Algonquin Road) Southern end of IL 68 concurrency
44.7 71.9 IL 68 east (Dundee Road) Northern end of IL 68 concurrency
Lake Barrington 47.5 76.4 US 14 (Northwest Highway, Ronald Reagan Highway)
North Barrington 49.5 79.7 IL 22
North BarringtonLake Barrington
village line
51.3 82.6 CR A42 (Miller Road)
Lake BarringtonTower Lakes
village line
52.5 84.5 CR V49 south (Kelsey Road) Northern terminus of CR V49
Wauconda 54.1 87.1 US 12 east (Rand Road) – Des Plaines Southern end of US 12 concurrency
55.1 88.7 IL 176 (Liberty Street, Wauconda Road)
Volo 59.7 96.1 IL 120 (Belvidere Road)
Fox Lake 62.9 101.2 IL 134 east (Big Hollow Road) / CR A26 west Western terminus of IL 134; eastern terminus of CR A26
63.4 102.0 US 12 west Northern end of US 12 concurrency
InglesideFox Lake Hills
village line
66.5 107.0 CR A18 east (Monaville Road) Western terminus of CR A18
Fox Lake HillsLake Villa
village line
67.6 108.8 IL 132 east (Grand Avenue) Western terminus of IL 132
Lake Villa 68.6 110.4 CR A12 east (Petite Lake Road) Western terminus of CR A12
Antioch 69.9 112.5 CR A10 (Grass Lake Road)
71.13 114.47 IL 173 Northern terminus of IL 59
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Carlson, Rick. Illinois State Highways Page: Routes 41 through 60. Last updated March 15, 2006. Retrieved March 23, 2006.
  2. ^ a b Illinois Technology Transfer Center (2006). "T2 GIS Data". Retrieved 2007-11-08. 
  3. ^ Metra. Metra Home Page. Retrieved May 2, 2006.
  4. ^ "DIVERGING DIAMOND INTERCHANGE OPENS AT ROUTE 59, I-88 IN NAPERVILLE". Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  5. ^ Google (February 19, 2017). "Overview Map of IL 59" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 19, 2017.