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U.S. Route 24 (US 24) in the U.S. state of Illinois is a major arterial road that runs from the Missouri state line at the Mississippi River in Quincy to Sheldon. This is a distance of 255.13 miles (410.59 km).[2]

U.S. Route 24 marker

U.S. Route 24
US 24 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by IDOT
Length255.13 mi[2] (410.59 km)
Length includes both directions of US 24 where it is routed onto two one-way streets through some cities.
Existed1926[1]–present
Major junctions
West end US 24 at Quincy
 
East end US 24 / US 52 at Sheldon
Location
CountiesAdams, Brown, Schuyler, Fulton, Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, McLean, Livingston, Ford, Iroquois
Highway system
I-24IL 25

Route descriptionEdit

Quincy to East PeoriaEdit

From Quincy to Peoria, the US 24 route follows the old Peoria to Quincy stage coach route.

The US 24 crossing into Illinois from Missouri over the Mississippi River consists of two bridges; westbound traffic uses the newer Bayview Bridge, while eastbound traffic uses the Quincy Memorial Bridge. At the eastern end of the Quincy Memorial Bridge, eastbound US 24 overlaps Illinois Route 57 (IL 57) northbound (4th Street) for two blocks before IL 57 ends at IL 104 (Broadway); westbound US 24 turns off onto the bridge at the northern terminus of IL 57. US 24 continues north at IL 104 and serves only the northwestern portion of Quincy.

US 24 overlaps IL 96 briefly before running due east. It has a full interchange with the northern terminus of Interstate 172 (I-172) ; as of 2006, IL 336 continues northbound of I-172.

US 24 then proceeds through a series of small towns; east of Camp Point, it intersects the southern terminus of IL 94. In Mount Sterling it briefly overlaps IL 99; IL 107 ends just south of US 24. At this point, the highway turns northeast once again.

Just outside Ripley US 24 intersects the western terminus of IL 103. US 24 then intersects US 67 outside of Rushville. It enters Rushville from the west and exits north, on Kinderhook Road.

US 24 continues northeast and follows a series of concurrencies. West of Havana, US 24 joins IL 100 northbound, and US 136 westbound, forming a wrong-way concurrency. US 136 leaves US 24 and travels west at Duncan Mills, while US 24 and IL 100 continue north to Lewistown. In Lewistown, the US 24/IL 100 combination intersects IL 97 (Avenue E). IL 97/IL 100 run north while US 24 eastbound joins with IL 97 southbound. US 24/IL 97 meets IL 78, where IL 78/IL 97 runs southbound and US 24 eastbound joins with IL 78 northbound. The series of concurrencies ends in Little America, where IL 78 turns north and US 24 continues northeast.

IL 9 overlaps US 24 from Banner, through Kingston Mines and Mapleton, to where IL 9 splits and crosses the river to Pekin.

North of the Pekin turnoff, US 24 enters Bartonville as South Adams Street. Where Adams Street climbs a hill, US 24 splits off onto McKinley Avenue, rejoining Adams Street just south of the I-474 interchange.

Just before it enters Peoria, US 24 turns southeast onto I-474 to cross the Shade–Lohmann Bridge. Previously, US 24 ran concurrently with US 150 across the McClugage Bridge upstream, crossing into East Peoria; when it was realigned to the current routing, the section through Peoria was decommissioned.

US 24 leaves I-474 after three miles and enters Creve Coeur with IL 29 northbound as Main Street.

East Peoria to EurekaEdit

US 24/IL 29 enters East Peoria just south of the IL 8/IL 116 interchange. US 24/IL 29 joins IL 8/IL 116 eastbound at the foot of the left connector ramp, and then continues north. The road is named Main Street until Washington Street; from there, the road is named North Main Street.

At Camp Street, US 24/IL 8/IL 29/IL 116 intersects a two-route concurrency of US 150. IL 8 splits from North Main Street, continuing east-northeast towards East Peoria Community High School, along with US 150 eastbound. US 150 westbound, however, forms a wrong-way concurrency with US 24/IL 116 at this intersection.

Just after crossing Camp Street, US 24/US 150/IL 29/IL 116 arrives at the I-74 interchange, where IL 29 splits onto I-74 westbound to cross the river to Peoria.

After this interchange, US 24/US 150/IL 116 continues on North Main Street to the interchange on the north side of East Peoria. IL 116 continues northeast past the interchange; US 150 crosses the bridge over the Illinois River, while US 24 turns to the east.

The highway continues past Illinois Central College to the interchange of Business US 24 and the eastern terminus of IL 8, (Business US 24 and IL 8 form an unsigned wrong-way concurrency at this point). Business US 24 continues to Washington's town square on a four-lane undivided surface road, which eventually narrows to a two-lane road; the US 24 bypass remains four lanes divided to Main Street north of Washington. The eastern terminus of Business US 24 is near Eureka.

Eureka to IndianaEdit

In Eureka, US 24 has a stoplight with IL 117; there are also numerous signs to Eureka College and the Ronald Reagan Trail, as Eureka had prominence in President Ronald Reagan's early life. US 24 then continues east, bypassing Secor to the south before meeting with I-39.

Just east of I-39, US 24 serves as the main east–west road through El Paso, which largely serves as a stop for travelers on I-39. US 24 travels through one other community, Gridley before having an interchange with I-55 west of Chenoa.

East of I-55, US 24 has an intersection with former US 66. It then passes through the towns of Fairbury, Forrest and Chatsworth, intersecting Illinois Route 47 in Forrest. Just south of Gilman, US 24 has an interchange with I-57 before overlapping US 45 through Gilman. The two highways separate east of Gilman.

In Crescent City US 24 intersects IL 49. In Watseka, it overlaps IL 1 through the town; the final concurrency, with US 52 in Sheldon carries into Indiana.

HistoryEdit

The routing of US 24 in Illinois is largely unchanged from 1926. Prior to 1937, US 24 ran through Canton on various roads; afterwards it was relocated southeast, closely paralleling the Illinois River.

In 1995 a bypass around Washington was completed. The old US 24 became an extension of IL 8 to near Eureka. In 1997, it was changed to Business US 24, and IL 8 was truncated back to west of Washington.[1]

Prior to 2012, US 24 ran through Peoria via downtown on various roads. That year, it was rerouted from the McClugage Bridge to the Shade–Lohmann Bridge on the border of Bartonville and Peoria, which carries I-474.

Since the 1950s, US 24 through Illinois and Missouri has been considered as one route of various Chicago to Kansas City federal Interstate proposals (1956, 1968, 1972). None of these proposals received federal funding or support.

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocationmi[3]kmDestinationsNotes
Mississippi River0.00.0  US 24 westContinuation into Missouri
Bayview Bridge (westbound), Quincy Memorial Bridge (eastbound); Missouri–Illinois state line
AdamsQuincy0.50.80   IL 57 south / Great River Road south (3rd Street)Western end of GRR overlap
0.81.3  IL 104 east (Broadway Street)
7.812.6  IL 96 southWestern end of IL 96 overlap
8.513.7   IL 96 north / Great River Road north – HamiltonEastern end of IL 96/GRR overlap
11.618.7   
    I-172 south / IL 110 (CKC) / IL 336 north – Hannibal, Chicago, Kansas City, Macomb
I-172 exit 19
27.043.5  IL 94 north
BrownMount Sterling42.067.6  IL 99 north (NW Cross Street) – CamdenWestern end of IL 99 overlap
42.568.4   IL 99 south (Pittsfield Road) to IL 107 – VersaillesEastern end of IL 99 overlap
Schuyler50.881.8  IL 103 east – Beardstown
Rushville57.893.0  US 67 – Macomb, Beardstown
Fulton84.5136.0   US 136 east / IL 100 south – HavanaWestern end of US 136/IL 100 overlap
Duncan Mills86.7139.5  US 136 west – MacombEastern end of US 136 overlap
Lewistown91.4147.1   IL 97 north / IL 100 north – CubaWestern end of IL 97 overlap; eastern end of IL 100 overlap
94.9152.7   IL 78 south / IL 97 south – HavanaWestern end of IL 78 overlap; eastern end of IL 97 overlap
98.0157.7  IL 78 north – Canton
Banner108.4174.5  IL 9 west – CantonWestern end of IL 9 overlap
Peoria122.3196.8  IL 9 east – PekinEastern end of IL 9 overlap
PeoriaBartonville line127.5205.2  I-474 west – Moline, Rock IslandWestern end of I-474 overlap
Illinois River129.4208.2Shade–Lohmann Bridge
TazewellCreve Coeur130.1209.4   I-474 east / IL 29 south – Indianapolis, PekinEastern end of I-474 overlap; western end of IL 29 overlap
East Peoria133.8215.3   IL 8 west / IL 116 west – PeoriaWestern end of IL 8/IL 116 overlap; interchange
134.6216.6   US 150 east / IL 8 east (East Camp Street)Western end of US 150 overlap; eastern end of IL 8 overlap
135.2217.6   I-74 / IL 29 north – Indianapolis, PeoriaEastern end of IL 29 overlap; I-74 east exit 95A, west exit 95
138.6223.1   US 150 west / IL 116 east – Peoria, MetamoraEastern end of US 150/IL 116 overlap; grade-separated interchange
141.5227.7  
   US 24 Bus. east / IL 8 west – East Peoria, Washington
Woodford149.4240.4 
  US 24 Bus. west
Eureka152.4245.3  IL 117 (Main Street)
El Paso160.0257.5   I-39 / US 51 – Rockford, Bloomington–NormalI-39 exit 14
162.5261.5  IL 251 (Fayette Street) – Minonk, Kappa
McLeanChenoa177.5285.7  I-55 – Chicago, St. LouisI-55 exit 187
178.0286.5  Historic US 66
LivingstonForrest194.7313.3  IL 47 (Center Street) – Dwight, Gibson City
FordPiper City206.4332.2  IL 115 north (Green Street)Western end of IL 115 overlap
206.8332.8  IL 115 south – RobertsEastern end of IL 115 overlap
IroquoisGilman216.0347.6  I-57 – Chicago, MemphisI-57 exit 283
216.5348.4  US 45 south – OnargaWestern end of US 45 overlap
218.3351.3  US 45 north – AshkumEastern end of US 45 overlap
Crescent City224.4361.1  IL 49 – Kankakee, Rankin
Watseka230.6371.1  IL 1 north (Jefferson Street) – MomenceWestern end of IL 1 overlap
233.4375.6  IL 1 south – HoopestonEastern end of IL 1 overlap
Sheldon240.3386.7  US 52 west – KankakeeWestern end of US 52 overlap
242.4390.1   US 24 east / US 52 east – KentlandContinuation into Indiana
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

Route map:

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b Carlson, Rich (April 15, 2005). "Routes 21-40". Illinois Highways Page. Retrieved June 9, 2006.[self-published source]
  2. ^ a b Illinois Technology Transfer Center (2007). "T2 GIS Data". Retrieved November 8, 2007.
  3. ^ Google (March 14, 2017). "Overview Map of US 24" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved March 14, 2017.


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