U.S. Route 60 in Illinois

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 62 in Illinois. For the entire route, see U.S. Route 62.
This article is about the section of U.S. Route 60 in Illinois. For the entire route, see U.S. Route 60.

U.S. Route 60 markerU.S. Route 62 marker

U.S. Route 60/U.S. Route 62
Ohio River Scenic Byway
Route information
Maintained by IDOT
Length: 0.92 mi[1] (1.48 km)
Major junctions
South end: US 60 / US 62
North end: US 51 / US 60 / US 62
Location
Counties: Alexander
Highway system
IL 59 US 60 IL 60
IL 61 US 62 IL 62

U.S. Route 60 and U.S. Route 62 (US 60/US 62) run for a very short distance within the state of Illinois. They follow the same road for their entire existence within the state. They run around Fort Defiance in Cairo. It runs from the Cairo Mississippi River Bridge over the Mississippi River east to the Cairo Ohio River Bridge over the Ohio River; the Ohio River Bridge also carries US 51. The bridges cross the two rivers just north of the mouth of the Ohio.

Route description[edit]

US 51/US 60/US 62 cross the Ohio River and land in Cairo near Fort Defiance

US 60/US 62 enter Illinois via the Cairo Mississippi River Bridge, a narrow, through truss bridge.[2] The bridge deposits the two highways onto a viaduct which rises above farmland in the alluvial plain. At the northern end of the causeway is the entrance to Fort Defiance Park, a former Civil War military post and later state park. Fort Defiance marks the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers and Illinois' southernmost and lowest points. The lone intersection for US 60/US 62 is with US 51, which joins from the north. The three highways come together to head northeast and rise onto the Cairo Ohio River Bridge and into Kentucky.[3][4]

The Great River Road's National Route overlaps US 60/US 62 from the intersection with US 51 to the Kentucky state line.

History[edit]

Until the Mississippi River Bridge opened c. 1929, US 60 used a ferry directly from Bird's Point, Missouri across that river (below the Ohio) to Wickliffe, Kentucky.[5] After that it ran into Cairo and used a ferry from roughly 22nd Street to East Cairo, Kentucky.[6] US 62 was designated around 1930,[7] and the Ohio River Bridge replaced the ferry in 1937.

Originally, the Mississippi River bridge opened in 1929. It was a boom to economies of Southeast Missouri and Northern Arkansas.[8] The toll drivers would have had to pay on the Mississippi bridge was $1.40 (equivalent to $19.83 in 2015[9]).[10]

Meanwhile, the Ohio River bridge was delayed. An Act of Congress gave them more time.[11] It was eventually dedicated on November 11, 1938, and made toll free exactly ten years later. It had a cost of $3 million (equivalent to $249 million in 2015[12]).[13]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Cairo, Alexander County.

mi[1] km Destinations Notes
0.00 0.00 US 60 west / US 62 west – Charleston Continuation into Missouri
0.00–
0.55
0.00–
0.89
Cairo Mississippi River Bridge; Missouri–Illinois state line
0.72 1.16
US 51 north / Great River Road (National Route) north
Western end of US 51 and Great River Road overlaps
0.75–
0.92
1.21–
1.48
Cairo Ohio River Bridge; Illinois–Kentucky state line
0.92 1.48
US 51 south / US 60 east / US 62 east / Great River Road (National Route) south – Paducah
Continuation into Kentucky
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Illinois Technology Transfer Center" (ESRI shapefile). Illinois Department of Transportation. 2013. Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ Federal Highway Administration (2012). "NBI Structure Number: 000002000500887". National Bridge Inventory. Federal Highway Administration. 
  3. ^ Federal Highway Administration (2012). "NBI Structure Number: 000002000600888". National Bridge Inventory. Federal Highway Administration. 
  4. ^ Google (January 14, 2015). "Overview Map of US 60/US 62 in Illinois" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 14, 2015. 
  5. ^ "United States Numbered Highways". American Highways. April 1927. [full citation needed]
  6. ^ United States Geological Survey (1939). Cairo (Map). Reston, VA: United Stattes Geological Survey. Retrieved July 13, 2008 – via University of Texas Libraries. 
  7. ^ "East-West Routes: US 2-US 98 (& US 400)". Retrieved July 13, 2008. [self-published source]
  8. ^ Cairo citizen (November 10, 1931). "Is the Bridge a Benefit?". The Daily Free Press (Carbondale, IL). p. 2. Retrieved January 14, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  9. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved November 10, 2015. 
  10. ^ Mr. Hughes (March 20, 1931). "Krauses Enjoy Texas Vacation; Visit L. Wayman". Arlington Heights Herald. p. 5. Retrieved January 14, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  11. ^ "From Far and Near". The Jacksonville Daily Journal. February 4, 1931. p. 1. Retrieved January 14, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  12. ^ United States nominal Gross Domestic Product per capita figures follow the Measuring Worth series supplied in Johnston, Louis; Williamson, Samuel H. (2016). "What Was the U.S. GDP Then?". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved April 10, 2016.  These figures follow the figures as of 2015.
  13. ^ "Ohio River Bridge at Cairo Made Toll Free". Alton Evening Telegraph. Associated Press. November 12, 1948. p. 1. Retrieved January 14, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google


U.S. Route 60
Previous state:
Missouri
Illinois Next state:
Kentucky
U.S. Route 62
Previous state:
Missouri
Illinois Next state:
Kentucky