U.S. Route 6 in Illinois

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U.S. Route 6 marker

U.S. Route 6
Grand Army of the Republic Highway
Route information
Maintained by IDOT
Length: 179.88 mi[2] (289.49 km)
Existed: 1932[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: I-74 / US 6 in Moline
 
East end: I‑80 / I‑94 / US 6 at Lansing
Highway system
IL 5 IL 6

In the state of Illinois, U.S. Route 6 (US 6) is an east–west arterial surface road that runs from the city of Moline in the Quad Cities area to Lansing at the Indiana state line. This is a distance of approximately 179.88 miles (289.49 km).

Route description[edit]

In Illinois, U.S. Route 6 can be split into the following sections:

Quad Cities to LaSalle–Peru[edit]

U.S. Route 6 crosses the I-74 Bridge from Bettendorf, Iowa south into Moline, concurrent with Interstate 74. It remains with Interstate 74 for 5 miles (8 km) until the intersection with Interstate 280 south of the Rock River. U.S. 6 then turns east at the Quad Cities International Airport. It intersects Interstate 80 as it leaves the Quad Cities area, and closely parallels I-80 for the rest of its length in Illinois.

From the Quad Cities, U.S. 6 travels east through the city of Geneseo. At Sheffield, U.S. 6 overlaps U.S. Route 34 through to Princeton. After an interchange with Interstate 180, U.S. 6 runs with Illinois Route 89 to Spring Valley. In the LaSalle-Peru area, U.S. 6 intersects with Illinois Route 251, U.S. Route 51 and Interstate 39.

LaSalle–Peru to Joliet[edit]

U.S. 6 then runs past Ottawa, intersecting with the concurrent Illinois Routes 23/71 before joining with Illinois 71 for 4 miles (6 km). Further east, U.S. 6 runs through Marseilles and Seneca, where Illinois Route 170 terminates. It then runs through Morris and overlaps Illinois Route 47 for a slight northward jog. At Channahon, U.S. 6 has an interchange with Interstate 55.

Joliet to Indiana[edit]

U.S. Route 6 at U.S. Route 52 on the southwest side of Joliet.

In the Joliet area, U.S. 6 parallels the Des Plaines River and passes beneath the cantilever bridge carrying Interstate 80 over the Des Plaines River. At this point it is called Railroad Street, but it turns onto McDonough Street with U.S. Route 52 as it crosses the river. It then turns north, overlapping Illinois Route 53 (Chicago Street) and then east with U.S. Route 30 (Cass Street). Two blocks north of leaving U.S. 30, U.S. 6 intersects the southern terminus of Illinois Route 171 and turns east onto Maple Road. In New Lenox it intersects with Interstate 355 and becomes the Southwest Highway.

U.S. 6 turns off the Southwest Highway west of Orland Park and becomes 159th Street, a major east–west arterial through that town and the southern suburbs of Chicago. In Calumet City, U.S. 6 joins with Illinois Route 83 south to the Interstates 80/94 (Kingery Expressway), and then follows the Kingery east into Indiana.

On this routing, U.S. 6 (like nearby U.S. 30) never enters the city limits of Chicago.

History[edit]

U.S. 6 first was shown on maps in 1932, mainly on its current routing except for a more southerly routing from Princeton to Spring Valley through De Pue and at the Illinois/Indiana line. In 1934 it was changed to its current routing from Princeton to Spring Valley. In 1966, the eastern border in Illinois was moved onto the Kingery Highway.[1] The old routing became Business U.S. Route 6 east to Interstate 65. Business U.S. 6 existed in Illinois until the 1970s.[3]

Prior to the formation of US 6, the road west of Princeton was U.S. Route 32. US 32 remained for several more years until the part east of Princeton became an extension of U.S. Route 34.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[2][4] km Destinations Notes
Rock Island Moline 0.0 0.0 I-74 west / US 6 west Iowa state line (I-74 Bridge over the Mississippi River)
see I-74 (exits 1-5)
4.5 7.2 I-280 / I-74 east – Peoria, Chicago, Des Moines East end of I-74 overlap; signed as exit 5A (I-280 west)
27th Street / Quad City Airport - Rock Island 27th Street is state maintained
5.4 8.7 US 150 east – Coal Valley
Henry 12.0 19.3 IL 84 north (400 East) – Colona
Colona 13.1 21.1
I-80 / IL 110 (CKC) to I-74 – Des Moines, Joliet
I-80 exit 9
Green River-Osco Road - Green River, Osco former US 6 west; state maintained
Geneseo 22.7 36.5 IL 82 north (Henry Street) to IL 92 West end of IL 82 overlap
23.5 37.8 IL 82 south (Oakwood Avenue) – Cambridge East end of IL 82 overlap
Atkinson To IL 92 / Spring Street former IL 82 spur; state maintained
Annawan 36.9 59.4 IL 78 (Canal Street) – Prophetstown, Kewanee
Bureau 45.2 72.7 US 34 west – Kewanee West end of US 34 overlap
49.0 78.9 IL 40 to I-80 – Rock Falls, Buda, Peoria
Princeton 60.6 97.5 US 34 east / IL 26 north (Main Street) East end of US 34 overlap; west end of IL 26 overlap; former IL 89 spur to Tiskilwa (state maintained outside Princeton)
61.3 98.7 IL 26 south (Sixth Street) – Bureau East end of IL 26 overlap
64.9 104.4 I-180 to I-80 – Hennepin
Depue Road - De Pue former US 6 east; state maintained
Spring Valley 73.6 118.4 IL 89 north – Ladd West end of IL 89 overlap
75.6 121.7 IL 29 south – De Pue
76.8 123.6 IL 89 south (Spaulding Street) East end of IL 89 overlap
La Salle Peru 81.0 130.4 IL 251 to I-80 – Mendota, Tonica interchange
La Salle 82.3 132.4 IL 351 south (Joliet Street) West end of IL 351 overlap
82.5 132.8 IL 351 north (Joliet Street) to I-80 East end of IL 351 overlap
83.8 134.9 I-39 / US 51 – Rockford, Bloomington, Normal I-39 exit 57
87.7 141.1 IL 178 – Utica
Ottawa 96.8 155.8 IL 23 / IL 71 west (Columbus Street}) – De Kalb, Streator West end of IL 71 overlap
99.0 159.3 IL 71 east – Oswego East end of IL 71 overlap
Seneca 109.7 176.5 IL 170 south (Main Street) / CR 25 (East 29th Road) – Ransom
Grundy Morris 121.7 195.9 IL 47 south (Division Street) – Dwight West end of IL 47 overlap
122.4 197.0 IL 47 north (Division Street) – Yorkville East end of IL 47 overlap
Will Channahon 136.2 219.2 I-55 – Chicago, Bloomington I-55 exit 248
140.9 226.8 IL 7 north (Larkin Avenue) to I-80
Joliet 143.2 230.5 US 52 west (McDonough Street) West end of US 52 overlap
143.7 231.3 US 52 east / IL 53 south / Historic US 66 west (Chicago Street) to I-80 East end of US 52 overlap; west end of IL 53 / Historic US 66 overlap
US 30 west / Lincoln Highway west (Cass Street) / IL 53 north / Historic US 66 east (Scott Street) east end of IL 53 / Historic US 66 overlap; west end of US 30 / Lincoln Highway overlap
US 30 east / Lincoln Highway east (Cass Street) east end of US 30 / Lincoln Highway overlap
145.1 233.5 IL 171 north (Collins Street)
New Lenox 150.6 242.4
I-355 (Tollway) to I-80 – West Suburbs
I-355 exit 1
Cedar Road - New Lenox state maintained
Cook Orland Park 157.4 253.3 IL 7 (159th Street / Wolf Road) – Orland Park, Lockport
159.4 256.5 US 45 (LaGrange Road)
Tinley ParkOrland Park
village line
162.4 261.4 IL 43 (Harlem Avenue)
Oak Forest 165.4 266.2 IL 50 (Cicero Avenue)
Markham 166.8 268.4
I-57 to I-294 north – Chicago, Kankakee
I-57 exit 348
168.3 270.9
I-294 (Tollway) – Wisconsin, Indiana, Hammond
Harvey Wood Street former US 54; state maintained
170.6 274.6 IL 1 (Halsted Street)
South Holland 173.3 278.9 I-94 I-94 exit 73
Calumet City 174.6 281.0 IL 83 north (Torrence Avenue) West end of IL 83 overlap
Lansing 176.2 283.6 I-80 west / I-94 west / IL 83 south (Torrence Avenue) to I-294 north (Tollway) / IL 394 south – Wisconsin, Iowa, Danville, Chicago East end of IL 83 overlap; west end of I-80/I-94 overlap; US 6 west follows exit 161
178.0 286.5 I-80 east / I-94 east / US 6 east Indiana state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Google

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b Carlson, Rick (2005-03-15). "Illinois Highways Page: Routes 1-20". Retrieved 2006-05-27. 
  2. ^ a b Illinois Technology Transfer Center (2007). "T2 GIS Data". Retrieved 2007-11-08. 
  3. ^ Author unknown (2007-05-13). "Business U.S. Highways 1-29". Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  4. ^ Google Maps estimate


U.S. Route 6
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