Illinois Route 34

Illinois Route 34 (IL 34) is a northsouth state road in southern Illinois. It runs from a former ferry crossing to Kentucky Route 297 across the Ohio River in Rosiclare to Illinois Routes 14/37 in Benton. This is a distance of 61.74 miles (99.36 km).[1]

Illinois Route 34
IL 34 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by IDOT
Length61.74 mi[1] (99.36 km)
ExistedNovember 5, 1918[2]–present
Major junctions
South endHopkinton and Walnut Streets in Rosiclare
  US 45 / IL 13 / IL 145 in Harrisburg
North end IL 14 / IL 37 in Benton
Location
CountiesHardin, Pope, Saline, Franklin
Highway system
US 34IL 35

Route description

Illinois 34 overlaps Illinois Route 146 and Illinois Route 145 between Rosiclare and Harrisburg. In Harrisburg, Illinois 34 formerly ran the length of Main Street where it at one time sharply turned at Raymond St, then crossed a five way stop between U.S. Route 45, Sloan St, and Illinois Route 145 where it overlapped.

Congestion in this area was greatly reduced when the concurrent highway was re-routed farther south to connect and is now concurrent with U.S. Route 45, which it follows to the Bill Franks Bypass (Illinois Route 13). Route 34 then travels west with Route 13 to Main Street, where it then departs Harrisburg heading north.

Illinois Route 34 serves as a main northsouth road for towns located in the eastern portion of the Shawnee National Forest.

History

SBI Route 37 ran from Harrisburg to Elizabethtown, currently located northeast of Rosiclare on Illinois 146. There was also a spur west to Golconda, which is located southwest of Rosiclare on modern-day Illinois 146. In 1937, the road was extended northwest to Benton and its southern end moved to the Rosiclare ferry, which stopped operating in the mid 1960s.[2]

Major intersections

CountyLocationmi[3]kmDestinationsNotes
HardinRosiclare0.00.0 CR 1 south (Main Street) / Hopkinton Street / Walnut StreetSouthern terminus; road continues as CR 1 (Main Street)
2.23.5 IL 146 eastSouth end of IL 146 overlap
Humm Wye5.69.0 IL 146 westNorth end of IL 146 overlap
Saline22.536.2 IL 145 southSouth end of IL 145 overlap
Harrisburg28.445.7 US 45 south (Commercial Street south) / IL 145 endSouth end of US 45 overlap; north end of IL 145 overlap; northern terminus of IL 145
29.647.6 US 45 north (Commercial Street north) / IL 13 east (Harrisburg Bypass east)South end of IL 13 overlap; north end of US 45 overlap
30.248.6 IL 13 west (Harrisburg Bypass west)North end of IL 13 overlap
FranklinThompsonville51.683.0 IL 149 west
Benton61.7499.36 IL 14 / IL 37 (Public Square)Roundabout; northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References

  1. Illinois Technology Transfer Center (2006). "T2 GIS Data". Retrieved 2007-11-08.
  2. Carlson, Rich. Illinois Highways Page: Routes 21 thru 40. Last updated March 15, 2006. Retrieved April 4, 2006.
  3. Google Maps,

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