U.S. Route 34 in Illinois

U.S. Route 34 (US 34) is an east–west highway In the state of Illinois that runs from the Iowa state line at Gulfport, west of Galesburg, to Illinois Route 43 (IL 43) and Historic U.S. Route 66 at Harlem Avenue in Berwyn. The entire highway in Illinois is named the Walter Payton Memorial Highway after Pro Football Hall of Famer Walter Payton, who wore #34 for the Chicago Bears. The highway is 211.37 miles (340.17 km) long within the state.[2]

U.S. Route 34
Walter Payton Memorial Highway[1]
US 34 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by IDOT
Length211.37 mi[2] (340.17 km)
Major junctions
West end US 34 in Gladstone
East end IL 43 in Berwyn
CountiesHenderson, Warren, Knox, Henry, Bureau, LaSalle, DeKalb, Kendall, Kane, DuPage, Cook
Highway system
IL 33IL 34
IL 27IL 28IL 29

The bridge into Iowa over the Mississippi River is called the Great River Bridge. Between Monmouth and Galesburg, the highway is up to Interstate Highway standards with exits at Main Street, Henderson Street, and Seminary Street in Galesburg.


Up until 1935, Illinois Route 28 roughly followed US 34 from Galesburg to Sheffield.[3] In 1935, US 34 absorbed what had been the last remaining section of US 32.[4] In 1935, IL 28 was entirely decommissioned.[5]

US 34 formerly overlapped US 66 all the way to its endpoint in downtown Chicago, but was truncated to its intersection with US 66 and IL 43 in Berwyn in 1970. When US 66 was subsequently eliminated, the endpoint of US 34 was left at that location—the intersection of Ogden and Harlem Avenues in Berwyn. Due to the elimination of US 66, it is one of the few US Numbered Highways that ends at a state highway.[6] With the re-signing of much of Historic US 66, the history of US 34's eastern endpoint is becoming much more clear.[7]


The now cancelled Prairie Parkway limited-access highway would have had an interchange with US 34, between Needham Road and Waubonsee Drive in the city of Plano.

A bypass of the town of Biggsville is has finished construction. It created a diamond interchange between US 34 and IL 94/IL 116 as well as bypass West Central High School. It was complete by the fall of 2014.[8][9]

Major intersections

All exits are unnumbered.

Mississippi River0.000.00 US 34 west / Iowa 163 west BurlingtonContinuation into Iowa
Great River Bridge
2.23.5 Great River Road south (Carmen Road)West end of Great River Road overlap; east end of freeway section
Gladstone8.413.5 IL 164 east / Great River Road north Gladstone, OquawkaEast end of Great River Road overlap
Biggsville11.518.5 IL 94 / IL 116 east Biggsville, StronghurstInterchange Completed in 2014
US 67 south / IL 110 (CKC) west / 180th Avenue Macomb
West end of US 67/IL 110 overlap; interchange
Monmouth27.844.7 IL 164 west (Broadway) OquawkaWest end of IL 164 overlap
29.347.2 US 67 north (Main Street) Rock IslandEast end of US 67 overlap
31.450.5 IL 164 eastEast end of IL 164 overlap
36.258.3Cameron RoadWest end of freeway section
KnoxGalesburg42.969.0 IL 41 south / IL 164 west (Main Street)
45.773.5 US 150 (Henderson Street) Alpha
46.875.3Seminary Street
I-74 / IL 110 (CKC) east Moline, Rock Island, Peoria
East end of IL 110 overlap; east end of freeway section; I-74 exit 46
Wataga53.285.6 IL 167 east (County Road 2200 North) Victoria
Henry64.8104.3 IL 17 west (County Road 090 North) WoodhullWest end of IL 17 overlap
Galva70.8113.9 IL 17 east (Center Avenue) La Fayette, ToulonEast end of IL 17 overlap
77.0123.9 IL 78 south (East 2650th North Street) CantonWest end of IL 78 overlap
77.5124.7 IL 91 east (North 200th Avenue) Bradford
Kewanee82.2132.3 IL 78 north (Main Street)East end of IL 78 overlap
Bureau96.0154.5 US 6 west (County Road 1480 North) GeneseoWest end of US 6 overlap
99.8160.6 IL 40 (County Road 900 East) Rock Falls, Peoria
Princeton111.4179.3 US 6 east / IL 26 south (Peru Street)West end of IL 26 overlap; east end of US 6 overlap
112.2180.6 IL 26 north (Main Street)East end of IL 26 overlap
La Moille126.7203.9 IL 89 south (Main Street)
127.7205.5 IL 92 west
LaSalleMendota135.7218.4 US 52 / IL 251 (13th Avenue) Dixon, Rochelle, Peru
139.5224.5 I-39 / US 51 Rockford, LaSalle, PeruI-39 exit 72
153.6247.2 IL 23 south (East 18th Road) OttawaWest end of IL 23 overlap
157.7253.8 IL 23 north (East 22nd Road) DeKalbEast end of IL 23 overlap
No major junctions
KendallYorkville174.3280.5 IL 47 (Bridge Street)
Oswego179.3288.6 IL 31 north
179.8289.4 IL 25 north (Madison Street)
180.4290.3 IL 71 west
Montgomery183.7295.6 US 30 westWest end of US 30 overlap
184.1296.3 US 30 east (Lincoln Highway)East end of US 30 overlap
No major junctions
city line
188.7303.7 IL 59
IL 53 (Lincoln Avenue) to I-88 east Arboretum, Lombard, Joliet
LisleDowners Grove
village line
I-355 (Veterans Memorial Tollway) / I-88 west (Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway) / IL 110 (CKC) Joliet, Aurora, Northwest Suburbs
I-355 exits 19 & 20B; I-88 exit 131
village line
203.9328.1 IL 83 (Kingery Highway)Interchange
CookWestern Springs205.7331.0
I-294 (Tri-State Tollway) Wisconsin, Indiana
I-294 exit 27
La Grange208.0334.7 US 12 / US 20 / US 45 (La Grange Road)
Lyons209.9337.8 IL 171 (1st Avenue)
Berwyn211.37340.17 Historic US 66 west / IL 43 (Harlem Avenue)National eastern terminus
Historic US 66 east (Ogden Avenue)Continuation beyond IL 43
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


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  1. State of Illinois (April 15, 2000). "91st General Assembly Summary of HJR0071". Retrieved November 26, 2006.
  2. Illinois Technology Transfer Center (2006). "T2 GIS Data". Retrieved November 8, 2007.
  3. Illinois Secretary of State; Rand McNally (1934). Official Road Map Illinois (Map). [c. 1:950,000 and c. 1:1,110,000]. Springfield: Illinois Secretary of State. OCLC 183709045 via Illinois Digital Archives.
  4. End of US highway 32. usends.com.
  5. Illinois Secretary of State; H.M. Gousha (1935). Official Road Map Illinois (Map). [c. 1:950,000 and c. 1:1,110,000]. Springfield: Illinois Secretary of State via Illinois Digital Archives.
  6. End of US highway 34. usends.com.
  7. East end of US highway 34 in Berwyn IL. usends.com.
  8. "Construction of four-lane section of US-34 approved". WQAD-TV. June 21, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
  9. "New Biggsville Bypass Promotes Safety Initiative". KWQC-TV. June 28, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
  10. Google (March 16, 2017). "Overview Map of US 34" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
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