Interstate 74 in Illinois

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Interstate 74 marker

Interstate 74
Everett McKinley Dirksen Memorial Highway[1]
Route information
Maintained by IDOT
Length 220.34 mi[2] (354.60 km)
Major junctions
West end I-74 / US 6 at Moline

I-280 / US 6 in Moline
I-80 / I-280 in Colona
US 34 in Galesburg
I-474 in Peoria
I-474 in East Peoria
I-155 near Morton
I-55 / US 51 in Bloomington
I-57 in Champaign

US 45 in Urbana
East end I-74 at Danville
Highway system
IL 73 IL 75

Interstate 74 (I-74) in the U.S. state of Illinois is a major northwest–southeast Interstate Highway that runs across the central portion of the state. It runs from the Iowa state line at the Mississippi River near the city of Rock Island and runs southeast to the Indiana state line east of Danville, a distance of 220.34 miles (354.60 km).[2] The highway runs through the major cities of Champaign, Bloomington, Peoria, and Moline.

The highway is officially named after Everett McKinley Dirksen, a Republican Senator and U.S. Congressman from Pekin from 1933 to his death in 1969.[1]


In November 2006 major work was completed on the Upgrade 74 project for the portion of I-74 in the Midwest. This multi-year project, begun in April 2002, saw the complete renovation of I-74 through East Peoria and Peoria. Most notably the interstate was widened to three lanes through the cities, many blind or hairpin exits and entrances to the highway were removed or corrected, and many bridges crossing the highway were replaced. The biggest part of this project was work on the Murray Baker Bridge, over which I-74 crosses the Illinois River. The bridge was completely closed to traffic while being partially dismantled and reconstructed from April 2 to October 15, 2005. During this time I-74 was disconnected between Peoria and East Peoria.[3] In late March 2013, the biggest road reconstruction project in the Peoria area since the 2002-2006 project- a complete $86.6 million revision of the Morton, Illinois I-74/I-155 interchange system- started its beginning phases (Morton, a hub for the two interstates and the site of facilities for Caterpillar, Pepsi, and Libby's Pumpkin, is a growing Peoria suburb, across the Illinois River, east of East Peoria and Pekin, in Tazewell County). This latest project was scheduled to be finished by Summer 2016 and the reconstruction is being scheduled in phases to minimize traffic disruption.[4]


The Iowa and Illinois departments of transportation are in the planning stages to build a new bridge to replace the aging I-74 Bridge. The Iowa-bound bridge opened in 1935; the Illinois bridge in 1958.[5] In addition to replacing the bridges, the scope of the bi-state coalition's plan includes updating 7 miles (11 km) of I-74 mainline and interchanges from 53rd Street in Davenport to the Avenue of the Cities in Moline.[6]

Parallel bridges cross a river
I-74 begins on the I-74 Bridge over the Mississippi River at Moline

Exit list[edit]

County Location mi km Exit Destinations Notes
Mississippi River 0.00 0.00 I-74 / US 6 west Continuation into Iowa
I-74 Bridge
Rock Island Moline 1 River Drive Eastbound exit and westbound entrance only
2 7th Avenue
3 Avenue of the Cities
4 IL 5 (John Deere Road) Signed as exits 4A (west) and 4B (east)
5 I-280 west / US 6 east – Des Moines, Rock Island, Quad City International Airport Eastern end of US 6 concurrency; western end of I-280 concurrency; eastbound exits signed 5A (I-280 west) and 5B (US 6 east)
Henry Colona Township I-280 ends / I-80 / IL 110 (CKC) – Chicago, Des Moines, Davenport Eastern end of I-280 concurrency; western end of IL 110/CKC concurrency
Lynn Township 24 IL 81 – Kewanee, Cambridge
Woodhull 32 IL 17 – Woodhull, Alpha
Knox Galesburg 46A US 34 west (IL 110 (CKC) west) – Monmouth Eastern end of IL 110/CKC concurrency
46B US 34 east – Kewanee
48 East Main Street –Galesburg Westbound signed as exits 48A (west) and 48B (east)
Knoxville 51 Knoxville
Knox Township 54 US 150 / IL 97 – Lewistown
Peoria Brimfield Township 71 To IL 78 – Canton, Elmwood, Kewanee
Brimfield 75 Brimfield, Oak Hill
Kickapoo Township 82 Kickapoo, Edwards
87 I-474 east / IL 6 north – Indianapolis, Chillicothe Signed as exits 87A (I-474) and 87B (IL 6); exits A-B on I-474; western terminus of I-474
Peoria 88 142 88 To US 150 west / Sterling Avenue Access to US 150 signed eastbound only
89 143 89 US 150 (War Memorial Drive) Access from eastbound I-74 to westbound US 150 and from eastbound US 150 to westbound I-74 at exit 88
90 Gale Avenue
91 University Street
92A IL 40 north (Knoxville Avenue)
92B IL 40 south / Glen Oak Avenue – Downtown Peoria
Glendale Avenue Former right-in/right-out; replaced by exit 92B
Jefferson Avenue Former interchange with no eastbound exit; replaced by exit 93
93 To IL 29 north / Washington Street Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; serves General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport
IL 29 north (Adams Street) / Jefferson Avenue – Downtown Peoria West end of IL 29 concurrency; westbound exit and eastbound entrance; serves General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport
Illinois River Murray Baker Bridge
Tazewell East Peoria 94 IL 40 north / Riverfront Drive – Downtown Peoria via Michel Bridge Southern terminus of IL 40
95A IL 29 south / US 150 / US 24 / IL 116 (North Main Street) East end of IL 29 concurrency; signed as exit 95 westbound
95B US 150 / IL 8 east (Camp Street) Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
96 To US 150 / IL 8 east / East Washington Street
98 Pinecrest Drive
99 I-474 west – Moline, Rock Island, Pekin Eastern terminus of I-474; I-474 exit 15
Morton 101 I-155 south – Lincoln
102 Morton Avenue – Morton Eastbound signed as exits 102A (south) and 102B (north)
Woodford Goodfield 112 IL 117 – Goodfield
McLean Carlock 120 Carlock
Dry Grove Township 125 US 150 (Mitsubishi Motorway)
Normal Township 127 I-55 north (US 51 north) – Chicago Western end of I-55/US 51 concurrency; I-55 south exit 163
Bloomington 160 US 150 / IL 9 (Market Street) – Pekin Exit number follows I-55
134A I-55 south – St. Louis, Springfield Eastern end of I-55 concurrency; I-55 north exit 157A
134B I-55 Bus. north (Veterans Parkway) – Airport
Bloomington Township 135
US 51 south (Main Street) / US 51 Bus. north – Decatur, Bloomington
Eastern end of US 51 concurrency
Downs 142 Downs
Le Roy 149 Le Roy
Empire Township 152 US 136 – Rantoul, Heyworth
De Witt Farmer City 159 IL 54 – Farmer City, Gibson City
Piatt Blue Ridge Township 166 Mansfield
Champaign Mahomet 172 IL 47 – Gibson City, Mahomet
174 Prairieview Road
Champaign 179 I-57 to I-72 west – Memphis, Chicago, Decatur Signed as exits 179A (south) & 179B (north); exit 237 on I-57
181 Prospect Avenue
182 Neil Street
Urbana 183 Lincoln Avenue
184 US 45 (Cunningham Avenue) – Rantoul
185 IL 130 (University Avenue)
St. Joseph 192 St. Joseph
Ogden 197 To IL 49 south – Royal, Ogden
Vermilion Oakwood Township 200 IL 49 – Fithian, Rankin
206 Potomac, Oakwood
Danville Township 210 US 150 (M.L. King Drive)
Danville 214 G Street
215A US 150 east / IL 1 south (Georgetown Road) Cloverleaf interchange
215B US 150 west / IL 1 north (Gilbert Street)
216 Bowman Avenue, Perrysville Road
IllinoisIndiana line 220.34 354.60 220 Lynch Road Eastbound entrance extends into Indiana
I-74 east Continuation into Indiana
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b State of Illinois (n.d.). "605 ILCS 15 / Dirksen Memorial Highway Act". Illinois Compiled Statutes. Retrieved November 8, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b Staff (October 31, 2002). "Main Routes of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways as of October 31, 2002". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved September 29, 2006. 
  3. ^ Staff (January 4, 2007). "Upgrade 74". Illinois Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 26, 2006. 
  4. ^ Buedel, Matt. "$86.6 million road project begins Monday near Morton". Journal Star. Peoria, IL. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ Dispatch/Argus staff (2005). "Mississippi Bridge Timeline". The Dispatch / The Rock Island Argus. Progress 2005. Retrieved July 25, 2011. 
  6. ^ Staff. "I-74 Corridor Overview". Iowa Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 25, 2011. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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