Interstate 74 in Illinois

Interstate 74 (I-74) in the U.S. state of Illinois is a major northwest–southeast Interstate Highway that runs across the central portion of the state. It runs from the Iowa state line at the Mississippi River near the city of Rock Island and runs southeast to the Indiana state line east of Danville, a distance of 220.34 miles (354.60 km).[2] The highway runs through the major cities of Champaign, Bloomington, Peoria, and Moline.

Interstate 74
Everett McKinley Dirksen Memorial Highway[1]
I-74 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by IDOT
Length220.34 mi[2] (354.60 km)
Major junctions
West end I-74 / US 6 at Moline
East end I-74 at Danville
CountiesRock Island, Henry, Knox, Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, McLean, DeWitt, Piatt, Champaign, Vermilion
Highway system
IL 73IL 75

The highway is officially named after Everett McKinley Dirksen, a Republican Senator and U.S. Congressman from Pekin from 1933 to his death in 1969.[1]


In November 2006 major work was completed on the Upgrade 74 project for the portion of I-74 in the Midwest. This multi-year project, begun in April 2002, saw the complete renovation of I-74 through East Peoria and Peoria. Most notably the interstate was widened to three lanes through the cities, many blind or hairpin exits and entrances to the highway were removed or corrected, and many bridges crossing the highway were replaced. The biggest part of this project was work on the Murray Baker Bridge, over which I-74 crosses the Illinois River. The bridge was completely closed to traffic while being partially dismantled and reconstructed from April 2 to October 15, 2005. During this time I-74 was disconnected between Peoria and East Peoria.[3] In late March 2013, the biggest road reconstruction project in the Peoria area since the 2002-2006 project- a complete $86.6 million revision of the Morton, Illinois I-74/I-155 interchange system- started its beginning phases (Morton, a hub for the two interstates and the site of facilities for Caterpillar, Pepsi, and Libby's Pumpkin, is a growing Peoria suburb, across the Illinois River, east of East Peoria and Pekin, in Tazewell County). This latest project was scheduled to be finished by mid-2016 and the reconstruction is being scheduled in phases to minimize traffic disruption.[4]


The Iowa and Illinois departments of transportation are in the planning stages to build a new bridge to replace the aging I-74 Bridge. The Iowa-bound bridge opened in 1935; the Illinois bridge in 1958.[5] In addition to replacing the bridges, the scope of the bi-state coalition's plan includes updating 7 miles (11 km) of I-74 mainline and interchanges from 53rd Street in Davenport to the Avenue of the Cities in Moline.[6]

Exit list

Mississippi River0.000.00 I-74 / US 6 west DavenportContinuation into Iowa
I-74 Bridge
Rock IslandMoline0.641.031River DriveEastbound exit and westbound entrance only
27th Avenue
2.093.363Avenue of the Cities
3.595.784 IL 5 (John Deere Road)Signed as exits 4A (west) and 4B (east)
4.517.265 I-280 west / US 6 east Des Moines, Rock Island, Quad City International AirportEastern end of US 6 concurrency; western end of I-280 concurrency; eastbound exits signed 5A (I-280 west) and 5B (US 6 east)
HenryColona Township13.8922.35
I-80 / I-280 ends / IL 110 (CKC) east to I-88 Chicago, Des Moines, Davenport
Eastern end of I-280 concurrency; western end of IL 110/CKC concurrency
Lynn Township23.9238.5024 IL 81 Andover, Cambridge
Woodhull31.8951.3232 IL 17 Woodhull, Alpha
US 34 west / IL 110 (CKC) west Monmouth
Eastern end of IL 110/CKC concurrency
46B US 34 east Kewanee
48.0977.3948East Main Street GalesburgWestbound signed as exits 48A (west) and 48B (east)
Knox Township53.5486.1654 US 150 to IL 97 Lewistown
PeoriaBrimfield Township71.15114.5071 To IL 78 Canton, Elmwood, Kewanee
Brimfield74.55119.9875Brimfield, Oak Hill
Kickapoo Township81.78131.6182Kickapoo, Edwards
86.78139.6687A I-474 east IndianapolisWestern terminus of I-474; I-474 exit 0
87B IL 6 north ChillicotheSouthern terminus of IL 6; IL 6 exit 0
Peoria88.69142.7388 To US 150 west / Sterling AvenueAccess to US 150 signed eastbound only
89.15143.4789 US 150 (War Memorial Drive)Access from eastbound I-74 to westbound US 150 and from eastbound US 150 to westbound I-74 at exit 88
90.22145.2090Gale Avenue
91.41147.1191University Street
92.41148.7292A IL 40 north (Knoxville Avenue)
92B IL 40 south / Glen Oak Avenue Downtown Peoria
Glendale AvenueFormer right-in/right-out; replaced by exit 92B
Jefferson AvenueFormer interchange with no eastbound exit; replaced by exit 93
93 To IL 29 north / Washington StreetEastbound exit and westbound entrance; serves General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport
IL 29 north (Adams Street) / Jefferson Avenue Downtown PeoriaWestern end of IL 29 concurrency; westbound exit and eastbound entrance; serves General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport
Illinois River93.36–
Murray Baker Bridge
TazewellEast Peoria93.21150.0194 IL 40 north / Riverfront Drive Downtown Peoria via Michel BridgeSouthern terminus of IL 40
95.02152.9295A IL 29 south / US 150 / US 24 / IL 116 (North Main Street)Eastern end of IL 29 concurrency; signed as exit 95 westbound
95.33153.4295B US 150 / IL 8 east (Camp Street)Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
95.52153.7296 To US 150 / IL 8 east / East Washington Street
97.66157.1798Pinecrest Drive
99.00159.3399 I-474 west Moline, Rock Island, PekinEastern terminus of I-474; I-474 exit 15
Morton101.02162.58101 I-155 south LincolnNorthern terminus of I-155
WoodfordGoodfield112.01180.26112 IL 117 Goodfield
Dry Grove Township124.99201.15125 US 150 (Mitsubishi Motorway)
Normal Township127.10204.55127 I-55 north / US 51 north to I-39 north Chicago, RockfordWestern end of I-55/US 51 concurrency; I-55 south exit 163
Bloomington130.46209.96160 US 150 / IL 9 (Market Street) PekinExit number follows I-55
133.34214.59134A I-55 south St. Louis, SpringfieldEastern end of I-55 concurrency; I-55 north exit 157A
133.62215.04134B I-55 Bus. north (Veterans Parkway) Airport
Bloomington Township135.20217.58135
US 51 south (Main Street) / US 51 Bus. north Decatur, Bloomington
Eastern end of US 51 concurrency
Le Roy149.00239.79149Le Roy
Empire Township151.79244.28152 US 136 Rantoul, Heyworth
DeWittFarmer City158.74255.47159 IL 54 Farmer City, Gibson City
PiattBlue Ridge Township165.86266.93166Mansfield
ChampaignMahomet171.51276.02172 IL 47 Gibson City, Mahomet
173.40279.06174Prairieview Road
Champaign178.65287.51179 I-57 to I-72 west Memphis, Chicago, DecaturSigned as exits 179A (south) & 179B (north); exit 237 on I-57
180.27290.12181Prospect Avenue
181.02291.32182Neil Street
Urbana182.30293.38183Lincoln Avenue
183.58295.44184 US 45 (Cunningham Avenue) Rantoul
185.05297.81185 IL 130 (University Avenue)
St. Joseph191.90308.83192St. Joseph
Ogden196.41316.09197 To IL 49 south Royal, Ogden
VermilionOakwood Township199.42320.94200 IL 49 Fithian, Rankin
205.97331.48206Potomac, Oakwood
Danville Township209.57337.27210 US 150 (M.L. King Drive)
Danville213.23343.16214G Street
213.95344.32215A US 150 east / IL 1 south (Georgetown Road)Cloverleaf interchange
215B US 150 west / IL 1 north (Gilbert Street)
215.48346.78216Bowman Avenue, Perrysville Road
IllinoisIndiana line219.33–
220Lynch RoadEastbound entrance extends into Indiana
I-74 east IndianapolisContinuation into Indiana
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. State of Illinois (n.d.). "605 ILCS 15 / Dirksen Memorial Highway Act". Illinois Compiled Statutes. Retrieved November 8, 2007.
  2. Staff (October 31, 2002). "Main Routes of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways as of October 31, 2002". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved September 29, 2006.
  3. Staff (January 4, 2007). "Upgrade 74". Illinois Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 26, 2006.
  4. Buedel, Matt. "$86.6 million road project begins Monday near Morton". Journal Star. Peoria, IL. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  5. Dispatch/Argus staff (2005). "Mississippi Bridge Timeline". The Dispatch / The Rock Island Argus. Progress 2005. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
  6. Staff. "I-74 Corridor Overview". Iowa Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 25, 2011.

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