U.S. Route 36 in Illinois

In the U.S. state of Illinois, U.S. Route 36 is an eastwest highway that runs across the central portion of the state. It runs east from Missouri over the Mark Twain Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River with Interstate 72. The eastern terminus of U.S. 36 in Illinois is located near the unincorporated area of Raven near the Illinois-Indiana state line. This is a distance of 216.47 miles (348.37 km).[1]

U.S. Route 36
US  highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by IDOT
Length216.47 mi[1] (348.37 km)
Major junctions
West end I-72 / US 36 / Route 110 in Hull
East end US 36 in Chrisman
CountiesPike, Scott, Morgan, Sangamon, Macon, Piatt, Moultrie, Douglas, Edgar
Highway system
IL 35IL 37

Route description

U.S. 36 parallels the old Wabash Railroad from the Mississippi River at Hannibal, MO east to Decatur, IL. Norfolk Southern Railway operates on this route today.

U.S. 36 is overlapped with Interstate 72 for more than half its routing in Illinois, 133 miles (214 km). At Decatur, I-72 separates from it and travels around the city to the north, while US 36 enters the city passes through downtown on the four-lane Eldorado Street. Just beyond 19th Street, US 36 turns to the southeast on a four-lane divided alignment paralleling a railroad, exiting Decatur on the southeast side. The road crosses Lake Decatur and narrows to two lanes before turning due east. After turning east, U.S. 36 runs largely in a straight line, mostly through open country, until it exits the state.

Major intersections

Mississippi River0.00.0
I-72 west / US 36 west / Route 110 (CKC) west Hannibal
Continuation into Missouri
Mark Twain Memorial Bridge; Missouri–Illinois state line
PikeLevee Township1.21.91 IL 106 Hull
I-172 north / IL 110 (CKC) east Quincy
Left exit from both directions; I-172 exit 0.
Kinderhook Township10.216.410 IL 96 / IL 106 Payson, Hull
Barry20.132.320 To IL 106 Barry
New Salem Township31.250.231Pittsfield, New Salem
Griggsville Township35.056.335 US 54 / IL 107 Pittsfield, Griggsville
ScottBloomfield Precinct45.873.746 IL 100 Bluffs, DetroitDetroit signed westbound only
Winchester No. 2 Precinct51.983.552 To IL 106 Winchester
MorganLynnville Precinct60.597.460 I-72 Bus. east / US 67 Alton, Beardstown, JacksonvilleSigned as exits 60A (south) and 60B (north)
South Jacksonville64.1103.264 IL 267 Alton, Jacksonville
Pisgah Precinct68.5110.268 I-72 Bus. west to IL 104 Jacksonville
Alexander Precinct75.6121.776Ashland, Alexander
SangamonIsland GroveNew Berlin
township line
81.9131.882New Berlin
Springfield91.2146.891Wabash Avenue
93.8151.093 IL 4 (Veterans Parkway) Chatham
95.6153.996MacArthur Blvd
I-55 south / I-55 Bus. north (6th Street) Springfield, St. LouisWest end of I-55 overlap; signed as exit 97 (south). Signed as exit 92A (north) westbound. I-72 westbound exits I-55 via exit 92B.
99.5160.194Stevenson Drive, East Lake Drive
101.5163.396 IL 29 (South Grand Avenue) TaylorvilleSigned as exits 96A (south) and 96B (north)
I-55 north Chicago
IL 97 west (Clear Lake Avenue)
East end of I-55 overlap; I-72 eastbound exits I-55 via exit 98A, I-72 westbound exits itself via exit 103A. IL 97 signed as exit 98B eastbound. Northbound I-55 signed as exit 103B westbound.
Clear Lake Township103.4166.4104Camp Butler
107.6173.2108Riverton, DawsonDawson signed eastbound only
Mechanicsburg Township113.7183.0114Buffalo, Mechanicsburg, DawsonDawson signed westbound only
Illiopolis Township121.8196.0122Mt. Auburn, Illiopolis
MaconNiantic Township127.0204.4128Niantic
Decatur132.9213.9133 I-72 east / US 51 Champaign, Urbana, Vandalia, BloomingtonEastern end of I-72 concurrency
136.8220.2 IL 48 (Fairview Ave)
US 51 Bus. (Main St, Franklin St)
One-way pair
139.6224.7 IL 105 north / IL 121 (22nd St)Western end of IL 121 concurrency
142.7229.7 IL 121 south (Mount Zion Rd)Eastern end of IL 121 concurrency
county line
La Place151.6244.0 IL 32 La Place, Lovington
DouglasTuscola174.3280.5 US 45 Champaign, Mattoon
175.8282.9 I-57 Effingham, ChampaignI-57 exit 212
Camargo180.5290.5 IL 130 south CharlestonWestern end of IL 130 concurrency
181.3291.8 IL 130 north UrbanaEastern end of IL 130
Edgar193.0310.6 IL 49 Kankakee, Casey
Chrisman207.0333.1 US 150 / IL 1 Chrisman, Paris
216.47348.37 US 36 east RockvilleIndiana state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


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  1. Illinois Technology Transfer Center (2006). "T2 GIS Data". Retrieved 2007-11-08.
  2. U.S. Route 36 in Illinois
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