Illinois Route 26

Illinois Route 26 (IL 26) is a north–south state road in central and north-central Illinois. It runs from Illinois Route 116 just north of East Peoria to Highway 69 at the Wisconsin border near Orangeville. This is a distance of 139.35 miles (224.26 km).[1]

Illinois Route 26 marker

Illinois Route 26
IL 26 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by IDOT
Length139.35 mi[1] (224.26 km)
ExistedNovember 5, 1918[2]–present
Major junctions
South end IL 116 in East Peoria
  I-180 / IL 71 in Hennepin
I-180 in Princeton
I-180 in Princeton
US 6 / US 34 in Princeton
I-80 in Princeton
US 30 near Dixon

I-88 / IL 110 (CKC) in Dixon
US 52 in Dixon
US 52 near Polo
US 20 in Freeport
North end WIS 69 in Orangeville
CountiesTazewell, Woodford, Marshall, Putnam, Bureau, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson
Highway system
Illinois 25.svg IL 25Illinois 29.svg IL 29

Route descriptionEdit

Illinois 26 is a two-lane, undivided surface road for the majority of its length. Its southern terminus is just one mile (1.6 km) north of the McClugage Bridge carrying U.S. Route 150 into Peoria.

Illinois 26 mostly follows the east bank of the Illinois River until it crosses the river at Hennepin. It runs concurrent with Illinois Route 29, its Illinois River west bank counterpart, at Bureau and with U.S. Route 52 near Freeport.


SBI Route 26 originally ran from Freeport to Polo, on part of current IL-26. In 1937, IL-26 was extended from Freeport to the WI state line, in place of IL-74, and extended from Polo to Bureau along US-52 to Dixon, and replacing IL-89 from Dixon to Bureau. In 1969, it was extended south to East Peoria replacing IL-87.

In northern Stephenson County, IL 26 originally ran through downtown Orangeville and the unincorporated community of Oneco. In 1990, it was rerouted onto a new at-grade bypass around the village, decreasing travel time.

IL-26 was rerouted onto the nearby I-180 bridge over the Illinois River near Hennepin during the 1990s. The older IL-26 bridge, half a mile south of I-180, was removed after 1999. the old approaches are now local roads, used mainly as access to riverside industries on both banks.

Major intersectionsEdit

Tazewell0.00.0  IL 116 / Illinois River Road southSouth end of Illinois River Road overlap
MarshallLacon24.739.8  IL 17 (Fifth Street) – Wyoming, Wenona, Business District
31.150.1  IL 18 west – HenrySouth end of IL 18 overlap
Putnam31.751.0  IL 18 east – StreatorNorth end of IL 18 overlap
Hennepin43.069.2  IL 71 east / Illinois River Road north – GranvilleInterchange; north end of Illinois River Road overlap; south end of I-180 overlap
Bureau45.573.2  I-180 north – PrincetonInterchange; north end of I-180 overlap; northbound exit and southbound entrance
46.574.8  IL 29 south – PeoriaSouth end of IL 29 overlap
Bureau Junction47.676.6  IL 29 north – Spring ValleyNorth end of IL 29 overlap
49.980.3   I-180 to I-80 – HennepinInterchange
Princeton55.188.7  US 6 east (Peru Street) – PeruSouth end of US 6 overlap
55.889.8   US 6 west / US 34 west (Peru Street) / Main Street – Wyanet, Kewanee, TiskilwaNorth end of US 6 overlap; south end of US 34 overlap
56.791.2  US 34 east (Elm Place)North end of US 34 overlap
57.893.0  I-80 – Moline, Rock Island, JolietI-80 exit 56
Ohio68.5110.2  IL 92 (Green River Road) – Walnut, Mendota
Lee82.7133.1  US 30 – Morrison, Aurora
   I-88 / IL 110 (CKC) (Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway) – Chicago, Moline
I-88 exit 54
88.4142.3    US 52 east / Lincoln Highway east (7th Street) to IL 38 – Rochelle, Mendota, AirportSouth end of US 52 / Lincoln Highway overlap
88.8142.9  IL 2 north (2nd Street) – RockfordSouth end of IL 2 overlap
89.2143.6   IL 2 south / Lincoln Highway west (Everett Street) – SterlingNorth end of IL 2 / Lincoln Highway overlap
Ogle103.0165.8  US 52 west – SavannaNorth end of US 52 overlap
106.1170.8  IL 64 east – Mount Morris, OregonSouth end of IL 64 overlap
106.5171.4  IL 64 west – SavannaNorth end of IL 64 overlap
Forreston111.7179.8  IL 72 east (Walnut Avenue) – ByronSouth end of IL 72 overlap
115.8186.4  IL 72 west – ShannonNorth end of IL 72 overlap
StephensonFreeport125.5202.0  IL 75 east (West Douglas Street) – Rockton
  US 20 Bus. (Galena Avenue)
127.2204.7  US 20 (Freeport Bypass) – Galena, RockfordInterchange
139.35224.26  WIS 69 north – MonroeWisconsin state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Illinois Technology Transfer Center (2007). "T2 GIS Data". Retrieved 2007-11-08.
  2. ^ Carlson, Rick. Illinois State Highways Page: Routes 21 thru 40. Last updated March 15, 2006. Retrieved March 22, 2006.
  3. ^ Google Maps, [1]

External linksEdit

Route map:

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