U.S. Route 34 in Illinois

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U.S. Route 34 marker

U.S. Route 34
Walter Payton Memorial Highway[1]
US 34 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by IDOT
Length211.37 mi[2] (340.17 km)
Major junctions
West end US 34 in Gladstone
East end IL 43 in Berwyn
CountiesHenderson, Warren, Knox, Henry, Bureau, LaSalle, DeKalb, Kendall, Kane, DuPage, Cook
Highway system
IL 33IL 34
IL 27IL 28IL 29

U.S. Route 34 (US 34) is an east–west highway In the state of Illinois that runs from the Iowa state line at Gulfport, west of Galesburg, to Illinois Route 43 (IL 43) and Historic U.S. Route 66 at Harlem Avenue in Berwyn. The entire highway in Illinois is named the Walter Payton Memorial Highway after Pro Football Hall of Famer Walter Payton, who wore #34 for the Chicago Bears. The highway is 211.37 miles (340.17 km) long within the state.[2]

The bridge into Iowa over the Mississippi River is called the Great River Bridge. Between Monmouth and Galesburg, the highway is up to Interstate Highway standards with exits at Main Street, Henderson Street, and Seminary Street in Galesburg.


The former alignment of US 34 near IL 164 in Warren County

In 1934, US 34 absorbed what had been the last remaining section of US 32.[3]

US 34 formerly overlapped US 66 all the way to its endpoint in downtown Chicago, but was truncated to its intersection with US 66 and IL 43 in Berwyn in 1970. When US 66 was subsequently eliminated, the endpoint of US 34 was left at that location—the intersection of Ogden and Harlem Avenues in Berwyn. Due to the elimination of US 66, it is one of the few US Numbered Highways that ends at a state highway.[4] With the re-signing of much of Historic US 66, the history of US 34's eastern endpoint is becoming much more clear.[5]


The now cancelled Prairie Parkway limited-access highway would have had an interchange with US 34, between Needham Road and Waubonsee Drive in the city of Plano.

A bypass of the town of Biggsville is has finished construction. It created a diamond interchange between US 34 and IL 94/IL 116 as well as bypass West Central High School. It was complete by the fall of 2014.[6][7]

US 34 west of Oneida in the western portion of Illinois with BNSF tracks to the left

Major intersections[edit]

All exits are unnumbered.

Mississippi River0.000.00 US 34 west / Iowa 163 westContinuation into Iowa
Great River Bridge
2.23.5 Great River Road south (Carmen Road)West end of Great River Road overlap; east end of freeway section
Gladstone8.413.5 IL 164 east / Great River Road northEast end of Great River Road overlap
Biggsville11.518.5 IL 94 / IL 116 eastInterchange Completed in 2014
US 67 south / IL 110 (CKC) west / 180th Avenue – Macomb
West end of US 67/IL 110 overlap
Monmouth27.844.7 IL 164 west (Broadway)West end of IL 164 overlap
29.347.2 US 67 north (Main Street)East end of US 67 overlap
31.450.5 IL 164 eastEast end of IL 164 overlap
36.258.3Cameron RoadWest end of freeway section
KnoxGalesburg42.969.0 IL 41 south / IL 164 west (Main Street)
45.773.5 US 150 (Henderson Street) – Alpha
46.875.3Seminary Street
I-74 / IL 110 (CKC) east – Moline, Rock Island, Peoria
East end of IL 110 overlap; east end of freeway section
Wataga53.285.6 IL 167 east (County Road 2200 North)
Henry64.8104.3 IL 17 west (County Road 090 North)West end of IL 17 overlap
Galva70.8113.9 IL 17 east (Center Avenue)East end of IL 17 overlap
77.0123.9 IL 78 south (East 2650th North Street)West end of IL 78 overlap
77.5124.7 IL 91 east (North 200th Avenue)
Kewanee82.2132.3 IL 78 north (Main Street)East end of IL 78 overlap
Bureau96.0154.5 US 6 west (County Road 1480 North)West end of US 6 overlap
99.8160.6 IL 40 (County Road 900 East)
Princeton111.4179.3 US 6 east / IL 26 south (Peru Street)West end of IL 26 overlap; east end of US 6 overlap
112.2180.6 IL 26 north (Main Street)East end of IL 26 overlap
La Moille126.7203.9 IL 89 south (Main Street)
127.7205.5 IL 92 west
LaSalleMendota135.7218.4 US 52 / IL 251 (13th Avenue)
139.5224.5 I-39 / US 51 – Rockford, LaSalle, Peru
153.6247.2 IL 23 south (East 18th Road)West end of IL 23 overlap
157.7253.8 IL 23 north (East 22nd Road)East end of IL 23 overlap
No major junctions
KendallYorkville174.3280.5 IL 47 (Bridge Street)
Oswego179.3288.6 IL 31 north
179.8289.4 IL 25 north (Madison Street)
180.4290.3 IL 71 west
Montgomery183.7295.6 US 30 westWest end of US 30 overlap
184.1296.3 US 30 east (Lincoln Highway)East end of US 30 overlap
No major junctions
city line
188.7303.7 IL 59
Lisle197.1317.2 IL 53 (Lincoln Avenue)
LisleDowners Grove
village line
I-355 (Veterans Memorial Tollway) / I-88 west (Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway) / IL 110 (CKC) – Joliet, Aurora, Northwest Suburbs
village line
203.9328.1 IL 83 (Kingery Highway)
CookWestern Springs205.7331.0 I-294 (Tri-State Tollway) – Wisconsin, Indiana
La Grange208.0334.7 US 12 / US 20 / US 45 (La Grange Road)
Lyons209.9337.8 IL 171 (1st Avenue)
Berwyn211.37340.17 Historic US 66 west / IL 43 (Harlem Avenue)National eastern terminus
Historic US 66 east (Ogden Avenue)Continuation beyond IL 43
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


Route map:

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ State of Illinois (April 15, 2000). "91st General Assembly Summary of HJR0071". Retrieved November 26, 2006.
  2. ^ a b Illinois Technology Transfer Center (2006). "T2 GIS Data". Retrieved November 8, 2007.
  3. ^ End of US highway 32. usends.com.[self-published source]
  4. ^ End of US highway 34. usends.com.[self-published source]
  5. ^ East end of US highway 34 in Berwyn IL. usends.com.[self-published source]
  6. ^ "Construction of four-lane section of US-34 approved". WQAD-TV. June 21, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
  7. ^ "New Biggsville Bypass Promotes Safety Initiative". KWQC-TV. June 28, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
  8. ^ Google (March 16, 2017). "Overview Map of US 34" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved March 16, 2017.

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