Illinois Route 49

Illinois Route 49 (IL 49) is a 140.86-mile-long (226.69 km) northsouth state highway in east-central Illinois. It runs from Willow Hill at IL 33 north to the beginning of the U.S. Route 45/52 concurrency near Ashkum.[1]

Illinois Route 49
IL 49 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by IDOT
Length140.86 mi[1] (226.69 km)
Existed1924[2]–present
Major junctions
South end IL 33 in Willow Hill
  US 40 in Casey
I-70 in Casey
US 36 in Metcalf
US 150 in Ogden
I-74 in Fithian
US 136 in Armstrong
US 24 in Crescent City
North end US 45 / US 52 in Ashkum
Location
CountiesJasper, Cumberland, Clark, Coles, Edgar, Douglas, Champaign, Vermilion, Iroquois
Highway system
IL 48US 50

Route description

Illinois 49 runs for its length entirely as an undivided surface highway. It serves minor cities between Illinois Route 1 to the east and Interstate 57 to the west.

History

SBI Route 49 originally ran from Willow Hill all the way to Chicago along what is now U.S. Route 52/45 and Illinois Route 50. In February 1933, the section of IL 49 from Kankakee to Chicago was designated as part of the Egyptian Highway.[3] In 1942, U.S. Route 54 was extended to Chicago along Illinois 49 north of Kankakee. In 1969, Illinois 49 was truncated to its current northern end. When U.S. 54 was pulled back to Pittsfield in 1972, Illinois 50 took the place of Illinois 49 and U.S. 54.

Major intersections

CountyLocationmi[4]kmDestinationsNotes
Jasper0.00.0 IL 33
Cumberland
No major junctions
ClarkCasey22.436.0 US 40 Greenup, Marshall
23.337.5 I-70 Effingham, Terre HauteI-70 exit 129
Coles38.762.3 IL 16 west Charlestonsouth end of IL 16 concurrency
EdgarKansas41.366.5 IL 16 east Parisnorth end of IL 16 concurrency
47.776.8 IL 133
EdgarDouglas
county line
57.893.0 US 36 Indianapolis, Decatur
ChampaignOgden80.9130.2 US 150 west Urbanasouth end of US 150 concurrency
Vermilion83.9135.0 US 150 east Danvillenorth end of US 150 concurrency
84.7136.3 I-74 Champaign, DanvilleI-74 exit 200
97.5156.9 US 136 east Danvillesouth end of US 136 concurrency
98.3158.2 US 136 westnorth end of US 136 concurrency
Rankin108.3174.3 IL 9
IroquoisCrescent City131.8212.1 US 24 Gilman, Watseka
140.86226.69 US 45 / US 52 Kankakee, Pontiac, Sheldon
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

KML is from Wikidata

References

  1. Illinois Technology Transfer Center (2006). "T2 GIS Data". Retrieved November 8, 2007.
  2. Carlson, Rich. Illinois Highways Page: Routes 41 thru 60. Last updated March 15, 2005. Retrieved April 7, 2006.
  3. "Chicago to Cairo Route Designated Egyptian Highway". The Decatur Herald. February 22, 1933. p. 8. Retrieved December 8, 2016 via Newspapers.com.
  4. Google Maps,
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