Illinois Route 9
|Maintained by IDOT|
|Length||218.31 mi (351.34 km)|
|Existed||November 5, 1918 – present|
|West end||Iowa 2 at the Iowa state line in Niota|
|East end||SR 26 / SR 352 in Hoopeston|
|Counties||Vermilion, Ford, McLean, Tazewell, Peoria, Fulton, McDonough, Hancock|
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.
This article or section is written in the wrong direction. U.S. road articles are generally written in a south-to-north and west-to-east direction in order to follow the order of their mileposts.
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.
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:
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- Portions of IL 9 are being considered for the IL 336 project
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|
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|
|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|
US 51 Bus. south (Center Street)
US 51 Bus. north (Main 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|
|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
Route map: Google