Interstate 57 (I-57) is an Interstate Highway in Missouri and Illinois that parallels the old Illinois Central rail line for much of its route. It goes from Sikeston, Missouri, at Interstate 55 to Chicago, Illinois, at Interstate 94. I-57 essentially serves as a shortcut route for travelers headed between the south (Memphis, New Orleans, etc.) and Chicago, bypassing St. Louis, Missouri. Between the junction of I-55 and I-57 in Sikeston, Missouri and the junction of I-55 and I-90/94 in Chicago, I-55 travels for 436 miles (702 km), while the combination of I-57 and I-94 is only 396 miles (637 km) long between the same two points. In fact, both the control cities on the overhead signs, as well as destination mileage signs, reference Memphis along southbound I-57, even as far north as its northern origin at I-94 in Chicago. Likewise, at its southern end, Chicago is the control city listed for I-57 on signs on northbound I-55 south of Sikeston, Missouri, even though I-55 also goes to Chicago.
I-57 highlighted in red
|Maintained by MoDOT and IDOT|
|Length||386.12 mi (621.40 km)|
|South end||I-55 / US 60 in Sikeston, MO|
|North end||I-94 in Chicago, IL|
|Counties||MO: Scott, Mississippi|
IL: Alexander, Pulaski, Union, Johnson, Williamson, Franklin, Jefferson, Marion, Fayette, Clay, Effingham, Shelby, Cumberland, Coles, Douglas, Champaign, Ford, Iroquois, Kankakee, Will, Cook
As of 2015[update], I-57 has no spur routes, nor are any planned for the near future. At a length of just over 386 miles (621 km), it is the second longest two-digit Interstate Highway without an auxiliary route, behind I-49. I-57 has one business loop in Charleston, Missouri.
After ending southbound at Interstate 55, the highway continues as U.S. Route 60, which meets U.S. Route 67 at Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and from there U.S. Route 67 goes south to Little Rock, Arkansas.
From the start of I-57 northbound, the US 60 concurrency goes about 12 miles (19 km).
In the state of Illinois, Interstate 57 runs from the bridge over the Mississippi River north to Chicago. I-57 is the longest Interstate Highway in Illinois. Its route follows essentially the earlier route of US 51 in southernmost Illinois (US 51 has been diverted to I-57 where I-57 has always been close to old US 51 between Future City and Dongola) before taking a northeastward diagonal to Illinois 37, which remains intact as a town-to-town through route, past its interchange with Interstate 24 (the northwestern terminus of Interstate 24) near Pulleys Mill and a short duplex with Interstate 64 near Mount Vernon north to Effingham, where it has a short concurrence with Interstate 70. It then follows US 45 bypassing cities of Champaign and Urbana (where it meets Interstates 72 and 74), and heads north to Onarga whereafter it follows the formerly duplex path of US 45 and (now decommissioned in most of Illinois) old US 54 to Kankakee. At Kankakee it heads northward largely parallel to the now decommissioned route of old US 54 (since renumbered largely as Illinois 50) into the Chicago area, meeting Interstate 80 in Hazel Crest, Interstate 294 in Blue Island, and feeding Interstate 94 on Chicago's South Side.
Although I-57 serves as a long-distance bypass of St. Louis, the section between Mount Vernon and Pulleys Mill contains the most direct Interstate route between St. Louis and cities largely to the southeast of St. Louis (including Nashville and Atlanta). It serves as the northwestern terminus of Interstate 24 that leads southeastward to those cities and as the eastern terminus of Interstate 72 near Champaign.
The route is an easy way for Chicagoans to reach Shawnee National Forest in the southern tip of the state. It also serves as a major artery for college students in the state, running near Shawnee Community College in Ullin, the main campus of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, John A. Logan College in Carterville, Morthland College in West Frankfort, Rend Lake College in Ina, Lake Land College in Mattoon, Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Parkland College in Champaign, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in Urbana–Champaign, Kankakee Community College in Kankakee, Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, and Governors State University in University Park. Interstate 57 and Interstate 294 (Tri-State Tollway) did not have an intersection for a long time, though phase one finally opened on October 25, 2014. It was one of only a few examples where Interstates cross but didn't have interchanges with each other. Vehicles were directed to use Interstate 80 to access Interstate 294 instead, though U.S. Route 6 was another option.
I-57 remains the only Chicago expressway that does not have a commonly used name. Its Chicago-area portion was formerly known as the Dan Ryan Expressway–West Leg. I-57 was named the Ken Gray Expressway in southern Illinois after former U.S. Congressman Ken Gray (West Frankfort) for his work on getting the route planned through southern Illinois. A 20-mile (32 km) segment from Wentworth to Sauk Trail has been designated the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Trail but this is not intended as a navigational name.
The portion between the Route 121/US 45 exit and the Watson–Mason exit was completed and opened prior to July 1965, linking I-57 to I-70, and running in tandem with I-70 for several miles, with access to Indianapolis to the east, and St. Louis to the west.
A 21.5-mile (34.6 km) section of I-57 in Jefferson County from Bonnie (using a temporary road that is still partially visible from the northbound lanes) to Route 161 opened on December 9, 1969. The final section of I-57 in Illinois opened in December 1971 at Paxton.
I-57 was widened to six lanes in Effingham from 2011 until 2016.
I-57 is slated to eventually be extended west along US 60 to Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and then south along the US 67 corridor to North Little Rock, ending at I-40. In April 2016, a provision designating US 67 from North Little Rock to Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, as "Future I-57" was added into the federal fiscal year 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill, and officially became law in 2017. Missouri has already upgraded the 50 miles (80 km) of US 60 between Sikeston and Poplar Bluff, and 12 miles (19 km) of US 67 from Poplar Bluff to Route 158 near Harviell (about 12 miles [19 km] north of the Arkansas state line) to a mixture of freeway and expressway segments. All at-grade crossings along the corridor would have to be eliminated before the Interstate designation could be applied. In Arkansas, 118 miles (190 km) of Interstate-grade US 67 runs from I-40 to US 412 in Walnut Ridge, leaving a segment of 60 miles (97 km) of new Interstate-grade highway along US 67 that still needs to be built in northeast Arkansas and southern Missouri. On February 23, 2018, Arkansas state officials unveiled a "Future I-57" sign to be posted along the corridor of US 67.
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has proposed widening a section of I-57 to six lanes of traffic from I-24 to I-64. This section of Interstate has some of the highest annual average daily traffic on I-57 outside of the Chicago metropolitan area, with truck traffic comprising up to 30% of all traffic. This section of I-57 has been the site of several Interstate-closing accidents in the past 10 years, including an incident involving a train derailment over the Interstate near Benton in July 2004 and several fatal accidents in various construction zones. The portion in Mt. Vernon that includes the concurrent segment of I-64 was to be widened by 2013 with construction having begun in late 2011.
IDOT and the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority are building an interchange at the junction of I-57 with I-294. On October 25, 2014, the first phase of the interchange opened, providing access from I-57 north to I-294 north and from I-294 south to I-57 south. Phase One also provided access from I-294 south to 147th Street and 147th Street to I-294 north. Phase Two will open in 2023–2024.
|1||I-55 / US 60 west – Memphis, St. Louis, Dexter, Poplar Bluff||Southern end of US 60 concurrency; signed as exits 1A (south) and 1B (north); I-55 exit 66; roadway continues past I-55 as US 60; cloverleaf interchange.|
|Mississippi||Long Prairie Township||4.916||7.912||4||Route B – Bertrand|
|Charleston||10.745||17.292||10||BL I-57 north / Route 105 – Charleston, East Prairie|
|13.027||20.965||12||BL I-57 south / US 60 east / US 62 / Route 77 – Charleston, Wyatt||Northern end of US 60 concurrency|
|Interstate 57 Bridge|
Missouri–Illinois state line
|Illinois||Alexander||||1.4||2.3||1||US 51 south / IL 3 north – Cairo, Olive Branch||Southern end of US 51 concurrency; southern terminus of IL 3|
|||25.0||40.2||25||US 51 north – Carbondale||Northern end of US 51 concurrency; northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|||30.0||48.3||30||IL 146 – Anna, Vienna|
|||36.3||58.4||36||Lick Creek Road|
|Williamson||Goreville||43.9||70.7||44||I-24 east – Nashville, Clarksville, Paducah||Western terminus of I-24|
|Marion||52.9||85.1||53||Main Street – Marion||Former IL 13|
|53.6||86.3||54|| IL 13 – Harrisburg, Carbondale|
The Hill Avenue
|IL 13 exit converted to single point urban interchange in 2013; northbound exit and southbound entrance for The Hill Avenue also opened 2013; exits signed as 54A (IL 13) and 54B (The Hill Avenue) northbound|
|Johnston City||58.9||94.8||59||Johnston City, Herrin|
|Franklin||West Frankfort||64.6||104.0||65||IL 149 – West Frankfort, Zeigler|
|Benton||71.6||115.2||71||IL 14 – Christopher, Benton|
|||77.5||124.7||77||IL 154 – Sesser|
|||91.5||147.3||92||I-64 east – Louisville||Southern end of I-64 concurrency; I-64 exit 78 westbound|
|Mt. Vernon||93.7||150.8||94||Veterans Memorial Drive||Unsigned extension of IL -142 towards McLeansboro with nearby connection to northern terminus of IL-148|
|||94.7||152.4||95||IL 15 – Ashley, Mt. Vernon|
|||96.2||154.8||96||I-64 west – St. Louis||Northern end of I-64 concurrency; I-64 exit 73 eastbound|
|Marion||||109.2||175.7||109||IL 161 – Centralia|
|Salem||116.4||187.3||116||US 50 – Salem, Sandoval|
|Fayette||||135.4||217.9||135||IL 185 – Vandalia, Farina|
||No major junctions|
|||157.3||253.1||157||I-70 west – St. Louis||Southern end of I-70 concurrency; exit 92 eastbound|
|160.5||258.3||160||IL 32 / IL 33|
|||162.2||261.0||162||US 45 – Sigel, Effingham|
|||163.4||263.0||163||I-70 east – Indianapolis||Northern end of I-70 concurrency; exit 98 westbound|
||No major junctions|
|Cumberland||||177.0||284.9||177||US 45 – Neoga|
|Coles||Mattoon||184.4||296.8||184||US 45 / IL 121 – Toledo, Mattoon|
|189.6||305.1||190||IL 16 – Charleston, Mattoon||Signed as exits 190A (east) and 190B (west)|
|192.4||309.6||192||Mattoon-Charleston Enterprise Pkwy|
|Douglas||Arcola||203.6||327.7||203||IL 133 – Arcola, Paris|
|||211.7||340.7||212||US 36 – Newman, Tuscola|
|Champaign||||219.9||353.9||220||US 45 – Tolono, Pesotum, Tuscola|
|||228.6||367.9||229||Monticello, Savoy, Tolono|
|||235.2||378.5||235|| I-72 west – Springfield, Decatur|
University Avenue (via I-72 east)
|Signed as 235A (University Avenue) and 235B (I-72 west); I-72 exit 182|
|||237.4||382.1||237||I-74 – Indianapolis, Peoria||Signed as exits 237A (east) and 237B (west); I-74 exit 179|
|||250.2||402.7||250||US 136 – Fisher, Rantoul|
|Ford||Paxton||260.9||419.9||261||IL 9 – Paxton, Gibson City|
|Iroquois||||271.9||437.6||272||Buckley, Roberts||Roberts signed northbound only|
|||279.9||450.5||280||IL 54 to US 54 – Onarga, Roberts||Roberts signed southbound only|
|||282.9||455.3||283||US 24 – Gilman, Chatsworth|
|||292.7||471.1||293||IL 116 – Ashkum, Pontiac|
|Kankakee||||307.5||494.9||308||US 45 / US 52 – Kankakee|
|Kankakee||311.6||501.5||312||IL 17 – Kankakee, Momence|
|315.3||507.4||315||IL 50 – Bradley, Bourbonnais|
|Bourbonnais||318.4||512.4||318||Bourbonnais Parkway||Opened Nov. 2, 2018|
|University Park||337||Stuenkel Road, University Parkway||Access to Governors State University; interchange opened on October 30, 2015|
|Cook||Richton Park||339.0||545.6||339||Sauk Trail|
|Matteson||340.69||548.29||340||US 30 / Lincoln Highway||Signed as exits 340A (east) and 340B (west) southbound|
|342.21||550.73||342||Vollmer Road||Signed as exits 342A (east) and 342B (west) southbound|
|Country Club Hills||346.62||557.83||346||167th Street|
I-80 to I-294 south – Indiana, Iowa
|Signed as exits 345A (east) and 345B (west); I-80 exit 151|
|Markham||347.90||559.89||348||US 6 (159th Street)|
|Blue Island||349|| |
I-294 north (Tri-State Tollway) – Wisconsin
|Northbound exit to northbound I-294 and southbound entrance from southbound I-294 only, opened October 25, 2014; complete interchange opening 2023–24; I-294 exit 7 southbound|
|Posen||350.15||563.51||350||IL 83 (147th Street, Sibley Boulevard)|
|Calumet Park||353.25||568.50||353||127th Street, Burr Oak Avenue|
|Calumet Park–Chicago line||354.25||570.11||354||119th Street|
|Chicago||355.27||571.75||355||111th Street, Monterey Avenue|
|357.32||575.05||357||IL 1 (Halsted Street)|
|358.47||576.90||—||I-94 east (Bishop Ford Freeway) – Indiana||Northbound exit and southbound entrance; I-94 exit 63|
|358.57||577.06||—||Wentworth Avenue||Southbound exit only|
|359.12||577.95||I-94 west (Dan Ryan Expressway) – Chicago Loop||Northern terminus; I-94 exit 63|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
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